Archive for the ‘Gardening’ Category

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How to Grow Seeds Indoors

February 27, 2012

How to Grow Seeds Indoors

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Gardening in February

February 21, 2012
Gardening in February

Gardening in February

 

So as way of motivating yourself to get out back into the gardening in February why not use it as your “thing to take up” for Lent? Instead of giving something up why not do something that will benefit your body through exercise and your garden through hard work, dedication and perseverance. To get you started we’ve set out the following list titled “your gardening in February to do’s”;

 

  • Wednesday 22nd –  Prune any deciduous trees with damaged or decaying parts and identify and remove any broken branches you find on the way.
  • Thursday 23rd – Start thinking about what and where you’re going to plant. Order seeds early this month to take avail of seasonal discounts.
  • Friday 24th – Clear garden paths of any weeds that have sprung up over the winter months.
  • Saturday 25th – Clean and repair any garden tools you may have so they are ready for the coming weeks.
  • Sunday 26th – If you haven’t already done so give your lawn its first cut of the year
  • Monday 27th – Check the lawn for any moss that may have built up. Use a rake to remove it or purchase a product to do the hard work for you.
  • Tuesday 28th – Get cracking on a compost heap and get into the habit of adding to it daily.
  • Wednesday 30th – Start to shape out the lawn and plant borders to neaten up the edges and add some definition to your garden.

 

So there you have it an easy “to do” list for gardening in February. After a couple of weeks the garden will start to show shape and after a few months the hard work will be worth it and you can reap the rewards of your efforts. Happy pancake Tusday folks.

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February Gardening

February 15, 2012

Surprisingly today has been another rain free day and with the evenings getting longer its an ideal time to focus on the lawn. Preparation is the key to keeping your grass healthy and easy to cut. Taking the plunge into early mowing ensures that you wont have to cut it down with much effort when the real growth begins.

February Gardening

February Gardening

The best way to go about doing this is to give it a cut now and another in three to four weeks depending on the level of growth. It can be hard to become motivated to get February gardening under way with it mainly being a month of preparation and pruning. The real benefit of beginning now is to avoid the hassle a late start can result in and to get back into the routine.

After the first cut of 2012 focus on securing any young trees against the spring gales we’ve having in order to avoid damage. The best thing to do is to just get out there and do it! Once the hot weather kicks in you’ll be delighted you did as you can reap the benefits of the early start.

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Gardening Holds no Boundaries

February 13, 2012

There’s no better feeling then waking up on warm, sunny, mid-July Saturday morning and heading out for a morning of tending to the garden. It’s refreshing, unpredictable and a great form of exercise. As of late we’ve been hearing a lot about “pop-up” shops and the success they’ve been having worldwide. It was only a matter of time before the two combined to create something special.

It’s called “Guerilla gardening” and its taking the world by storm. Guerilla gardening is when unused public space, usually derelict, is used to grow a garden. The below image was to convey that regardless of it’s surroundings gardening could be used to add beauty to an otherwise colourless area.

Guerilla Gardening Flower

Guerilla Gardening Flower

The process of gardening dates back thousands of years and is a great method of reducing stress, exercising, expressing creativity and developing patience. As well as this a great sense of achievement can be derived from the process. So what’s your excuse? Get out there while the rains at bay and get planting, pruning, sheering and cutting!

Guerilla Gardening

Guerilla Gardening

The above was taken outside a bloke of flats in London’s East End. A garden holds no boundaries!