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Best Gas Cultivator: Mantis 7940

With gardening season in full swing, it’s important to keep your soil weed-free, nutrient-rich and well-aerated. This will help maximize your crop yield and have your flowers looking their best. And one tool can help you do it all: cultivators are the most efficient multi-purpose tools for any gardener. What is a cultivator? While similar …

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Cultivator vs Tiller

Cultivator vs Tiller: what are the differences?

A cultivator is a small tiller designed to be used in raised beds and already tilled soil. Tillers are much larger than cultivators and has stronger tines and a more powerful engine. A tiller is a large machine designed to be used on the ground in lawn areas such as vegetable gardens or creating larger …

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How To Hill Up Potatoes: why and how to do it

What is “hilling up” potatoes Gardening is always thought to be simple and easy, looking from the outside. This is the idea: Plant the seed in the ground Water. Plant grows. Pick your fresh produce. However, once I got started, I realized very quickly that it just isn’t that easy. Different plants need different amounts …

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Best Tiller For Clay Soil: tiller requirements listed

So, you’ve just bought a property with plenty of space for a new garden? Well, if you haven’t been lucky enough to secure a weed-free plot of land with fine, loamy soil, rich with organic material, have no fear! Clay soil is great – if you plan on making your own bricks or pottery…but not …

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The Best Heavy Duty Rototiller: the Yardmax YT4565

It’s almost planting season! Do you have enough garden space for everything you want to plant this year? Are you ready to attack the soil with your fork and spade again or would you appreciate a bit of help this year? Is the Yardmax YT4565 the best heavy duty rototiller or not? Maybe you want …

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Best Cordless Tiller: Greenworks 40V review

Spring is here! It’s almost time to get your garden plot ready for planting. Is your soil ready? Well cultivated, weed free soil is the gold standard for planting into, and one of the best tools for the job is a cordless tiller. We’ve got one to shout about! Cordless cultivators are quiet, lightweight, efficient …

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What Is A Cultivator Used For: defined and explained

Spring is here again and it’s time to prepare the soil for whatever you intend to plant….Yesss! Your goal as always, will be to have perfectly aerated, nutrient-rich and well-mixed soil. This should be done with the intention of keeping your garden weed-free all season long once your plants are growing (good luck with that …

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How To Lower pH In Soil Fast: what to add and why

In chemistry, pH is a scale used to specify how acidic or alkaline a substance is. Acidic solutions have a lower pH, while alkaline – or basic – solutions have a higher pH. If the pH level is exactly 7, such as that of pure water, it’s neutral. If your soil is too alkaline some plants won’t grow well so you’ll …

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What To Spray Potatoes With To Control Weeds

Your potato plot should be sprayed with broad spectrum herbicide 6 weeks before ploughing or digging and tilling. The planted area should be sprayed again with a broad spectrum herbicide before the potato plants come through the ground -this is known as pre emergence. The spray should have residual activity – meaning it continues to …

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The Best Tasting Potatoes to Grow: variety selection

No matter how you slice, dice, or mash them, potatoes are delicious. A staple food for many cultures across the globe, they are a vegetable which would be difficult to live without. Although store-bought potatoes are tasty, nothing beats the flavour of a freshly-unearthed tuber from your own garden. I will help you pick the …

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Equipment Used By Farmers To Grow Potatoes

How Do Farmers Grow Potatoes: their machines

Have you ever wondered how do farmers grow potatoes? Many farms use the following equipment when growing their potatoes: A crop sprayer – used to protect the crop from diseases. A plough to begin field cultivations. A rotovator/rototiller used to make the soil fine before planting. A seed potato planting machine to position the seed …

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Homemade Potato Blight Spray: make your own

In this article, I will show you how to make two homemade potato blight sprays. One is called Bordeaux formula– made with lime and Copper sulphate. The other is called Cornell formula– made with dishwashing liquid and oil. Over 150 years ago, a fungal disease unknown to scientists invaded Ireland. Potato blight destroyed crops throughout …

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What Is A Composter: How do i use it?

All organic matter will decompose naturally sooner or later. Micro organisms – tiny living creatures invisible to the naked eye – feed on the decaying food, plant matter, and other organic materials and help transform it into a nutrient-rich soil additive. Nature has been composting since the beginning of time, and many cultures throughout history …

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Best Secateurs For Arthritis: make pruning easier

Gardening is a wonderful hobby – a great sense of satisfaction can be derived from watching the fruits of your labour grow and mature. It can also – with the proper planning and tools – be a pain-free hobby for people living with arthritis. The purpose of this article is to find the best secateurs …

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How To Use Perlite In Hydroponics

Though there are as many different gardeners as there are gardens in the world, there is a common thread binding them all. Every gardener hopes to raise the perfect specimen – countless hours have been spent inventing new tools and gadgets, and experimenting with new methods of cultivation. Some methods are extremely successful, and some …

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Caring for Coral Cactus: and how to graft your own

What do you call a cactus that isn’t a cactus? Answer – A Euphorbia Lactea. Sometimes known as the candelabra plant, the crested euphorbia, or the crested elkhorn, the coral cactus is actually a combination of two succulent varieties. The grafted plant resembles an unusual coral, and depending on the variety, the edges of its …

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What Are Spider Plants Good For

Chlorophytumcomosum has many common names: Airplane plant, St. Bernard’s lily, Spider ivy, Ribbon plant, and Hen and chickens. But we know it best as the Spider plant – not because they attract or harbour spiders, but rather because of the way it reproduces. The offshoots hang from the ends of long wiry stems like spiders on a silken …

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Explaining Hydroponics Systems

What are hydroponics? Simply put, hydroponics is a method of growing plants that uses a nutrient-rich, water-based solution instead of soil to support plant growth.The root system is placed in an inert medium – usually clay pellets, peat moss, perlite, rockwool, or vermiculite. This allows the roots direct contact with both the air and nutrient …

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Best Outdoor Lighting For Salt Air: Which lights perform best in coastal areas?

If you live in coastal areas you will understand the importance of picking your outdoor fixtures carefully, as the salt air can cause havoc with standard grade outdoor fittings, leading to premature rusting and failure. The best outdoor lights for coastal areas will have their housings made of non corrosive materials such as bronze, copper, …

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Epsom Salt Lawn Tonic

Though it may not seem like it right now, spring is just around the corner. And homeowners everywhere will be looking for a tried-and-true method for a greener, healthier lawn – fast. Epsom salt is a well-known home remedy – used for soaking sore and tired muscles, or exfoliating away dry skin, and many gardeners …

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Can You Eat Crabapples?

Yes you can eat crabapples, although they have a very sharp, bitter taste if you were to eat them raw and if you ate too many of them they would cause you to have an upset stomach, but they would not poison you. Cooking Crabapples are best cooked before they are eaten. They contain very …

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Problems With Growing Cauliflower: the correct method of growing

Mark Twain once said that cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education! Thankfully, a college education is not required for growing your own cauliflower at home, but are you aware of problems with growing cauliflower? This cool weather plant can even yield 2 harvests per growing season outdoors if you plan carefully. It …

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How To Hang A Field Gate

In this article i will describe to you how to hang a field gate from start to finish. How to hang a field gate Measure the length of the gate you want to hang. Add 6 inches 150mm to the gate length (4″ 100mm for the gate hanger brackets and 2″ 50mm clearance at the …

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What Causes Powdery Mildew On Plants

One of the most common issues faced by gardeners – hobbyists and professionals alike – is powdery mildew. This disease is easily recognized by its namesake powdery residue.Most commonly found on young leaves and shoots, powdery mildew is not usually fatal to the plant though it is a nuisance. There are multiples causes that contribute …

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Type of Greenhouses: a guide to the different types

There’s nothing more satisfying than eating fruit and vegetables you’ve grown yourself. Yet, in most climates, it’s too cold for plants to grow outdoors for much of the year. Luckily for gardeners, nowadays many greenhouses are quite affordable and easy to assemble. Some gardening stores have pre-fabricated greenhouses in stock with experts on hand to …

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Garage Floor Paint vs Epoxy

The title of this article means more to me than to most people, because I have learned the hard way, the difference between ordinary floor paint and epoxy resin floor paint. I have an insulated room which I wanted to have a wash clean floor in. I had heard about epoxy resin floor paint and …

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How Long Do Turnips Take To Grow: sow to harvest

In this article I will be covering how to grow Turnips (and Swedes), how long do turnips take to grow and how to nurture them through the early (risky) period, and the pests and diseases you may encounter along the way. Turnips Turnips and swedes are similar vegetables although slightly different. A turnip usually grows …

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Best Backpack Blower On The Market: 5 of the best mid-sized blowers

In this article, I will review 5 of the best mid-sized backpack leaf blowers on the market. This is a beginner’s guide to highlight the differences in 5 similar blowers. Leafblowers are a very useful tool to have around a garden. They can be used for a wide range of tasks such as clearing up …

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