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How To Grow Water Chestnuts: grow them at home guide(you don’t have to live in Asia!)

Water chestnuts are delicious tubers, which are primarily cultivated and eaten in China. Normally found canned at the supermarket, it’s possible to grow water chestnuts yourself. All you need is a starter plant, a bucket, soil, water, and some ...

How To Grow Sphagnum Moss: what it is, growing your own, types and uses

Sphagnum moss, also referred to as peat moss, is one of the most common soil amendments for gardeners. This versatile material is cheap and can be used in garden beds, pots, terrariums, and even hanging baskets. In this article, I'll show you how ...

How Is Over Irrigation Damaging To Soil

As plant parents, we’re usually preoccupied with making sure our plants are getting enough water. Not so many gardeners realize, however, how is over-irrigation damaging to the soil. Probably because it’s counter-intuitive. Over-watering produces ...

How To Sterilize Soil: how to make your own

Gardening can be a challenge, but sterilizing soil has been offered up as a solution for various challenges. By learning how to sterilize soil, you can kill weed roots, get rid of fungi and pests, and more. There are pros and cons to sterilizing ...

How Long Does It Take To Grow A Christmas Tree

Curious about how Christmas trees are grown? Considering if you could grow your own Christmas tree? Well, you might be wondering how long it takes for a Christmas tree to grow. In general, it takes about 8 years to grow a Christmas tree to 6 ...

How Long Does It Take For A Tree To Grow?

How long it takes for a tree to grow depends entirely on the type of tree, the specific variety, and their growing conditions. Each tree will take its own time and generally takes a couple of decades.However, there are general guidelines that will ...

Why Are My Vegetables Growing Slowly?

Are you getting the sensation that your vegetables are growing slowly? Plants don’t grow overnight but you should be able to notice growth from week to week. If you aren’t noticing any development throughout the weeks, something might be wrong. ...

What are Perennial Vegetables: 5 Great Examples

Perennial vegetables are those that come back year after year without replanting. Their long lifecycles make them well worth the initial effort and patience. Asparagus patches, for example, can last up to one hundred years. The permanent nature ...

What is Ericaceous Compost: how do I use it?

Ericaceous compost will be your strongest ally when growing acid-loving plants. Gardeners usually struggle to grow these types of plants because if the soil pH is too high, they simply won’t grow or will become extremely weak. . By the end of this ...

How To Get Rid Of Dandelions

Dandelions are perennial weeds that die off in the winter and return bigger and stronger than ever in the spring. The cheery yellow flowers quickly go to seed and form a puffball of seeds that are then carried to new locations in the wind. To ...

How To Grow Asparagus From Cuttings

Asparagus is an extremely nutritious and delicious gourmet perennial vegetable. You can grow asparagus from seed or cuttings, they are low maintenance and come back year after year. Asparagus patches can live for up to 30 years and some gardeners ...

Sea shells In Garden soil: improving your soil

If you have ever grown tomatoes only to discover they are suddenly afflicted with blossom end rot just as the fruit ripens, you already know how important calcium in the soil is to plant growth. What you might not know is that putting sea shells in ...

When Should You Sow Turnips

Turnips are a fast-growing root crop that is ideally suited for beginner gardeners. They are also perfect crops for the times between seasons when temperatures are warm during the day and cold at night. This is also a time when garden beds are ...

How To Prevent Weeds In A Vegetable Garden

Vegetable gardening can be a fun rewarding hobby, but there can also be many frustrations. While cultivating our desired plants, we are also creating an environment for pests and weeds. Weeds can be eliminated once they grow or prevented from ...

What Are Soil Microbes: an introduction

Despite appearances, soils are filled with life. This life under the ground is part of a soil food web that decomposes organic matter, makes nutrients available, and ultimately enables plants to grow. The key to this are microbes -but what are soil ...

What is a Broadfork: how and why to use one

A broadfork is an agricultural tool used to aerate the soil. Broadforks are an alternative to tilling the soil since they don’t break up the soil structure and are fairly easy to use. Once you get in the hang of it, working with a broadfork is ...

Is Leaf Compost Good For Vegetable Gardens?

Growing a vegetable garden is a rewarding and relaxing pastime. However, everyone can agree that a green thumb may not come automatically to every wannabe gardener. Successful gardeners know the answer to this question: is leaf compost good for ...

How To Make Sandy Soil For Carrots

To get that perfectly formed carrot, it’s important to grow them in sandy soil. While sandy soil is best for growing carrots, it’s not a very common soil type in gardens. This means that to get a perfectly shaped carrot, you’ll want to invest in ...

How To Lower pH In Soil With Vinegar

Soil pH affects plants’ ability to grow by making certain nutrients available or unavailable. This makes it in the best interest of gardeners to test their soil pH and modify it if necessary. If you’re curious about how to lower the pH of the soil ...

How Do I Make My Soil More Alkaline: what to add

When you’ve been gardening for a little bit and have gotten a handle on the basics of seeds starting, transplanting, etc. it’s time to delve a little bit deeper. Increasing your knowledge about the soil is the most important thing you can do. Soil ...

How To Mix Compost Into Soil

Compost is sometimes referred to as ‘black gold’. Why? Because it is the best thing you can add to your soil. While other amendments only solve one or two issues, compost has enormous benefits that builds the soil, increases water retention, and ...

How To Make Your Own Compost At Home

Learning how to make your own compost at home is one of the most beneficial things you can do as a gardener. Making compost is a simple process but there are ways to make it better than just throwing any old thing into a bin and waiting. I have ...

How To Improve Water Retention In Soil

When researching about the perfect soil to use for your plants you might come across the term ‘soil water retention’. If you’re asking yourself, “what is water retention in the soil” you’ve come to the right place. Water retention in soil refers ...

How Many Sweet Potatoes In A Pound?

What are sweet potatoes? The delicious sweet potato is a plant that belongs to the bindweed family. A root vegetable, oddly shaped and has a sweet tasting flesh. It is a starchy vegetable and has many health benefits. In many cultures the ...

Fiat Tractor Restoration: 1987 Fiatagri 90-90

In January 2020 I decided with much pushing from my eldest son Harry that we should buy our own 2wd Fiat tractor to help with soil preparation, sowing and harvesting of turnips (swedes). We previously used Ferguson TE20's or MF35x's owned by ...

How Long Do Sweet Potatoes Take To Grow?

Sweet potatoes like to be grown in warmer soil, unlike regular potatoes that prefer cool soil. This is because they are tropical plants, and can become sensitive to cold weather. The sweet potato is rich in an antioxidant called beta carotene ...

What Type Of Soil Do Rhododendrons Like?

Rhododendrons are native to Asia, North America, Australia and Europe. There are over 1,000 species of this plant and they are widely cultivated for their beautiful and fragrant flowers with ornamental leaves. Understanding what type of soil ...

How Often Should I Fertilize My Plants?

Even though from a distance it might seem super easy to take care of a plant baby, unfortunately they don’t cry or make a noise when they’re hungry or uncomfortable - which does happen!. A frequent question i'm asked is, how often should I ...

How Many Sweet Potatoes Grow From One Plant?

Sweet potatoes are definitely worth considering as part of your diet. They are packed with minerals, fibre, vitamins and phytonutrients which can improve your body and mind.You can use sweet potatoes boiled, baked or raw. They also can be used in ...

Preventing Weeds In Raised Beds

Weeds are really annoying, especially when you’ve been trying your best to make the most of your flower beds. It might feel impossible to get rid of weeds, but it can happen and you can do it with a few simple strategies. Growing flowers or ...

How Many Petunias Per Hanging Basket: The Facts

Container gardening is all the rage. You can liven up walls, fences and gates with beautiful trailing foliage and stunning blooms. And if you plan to add hanging baskets to your garden display this year, you can’t go wrong with petunias. These ...

When Is the Best Time To Plant Hostas?

Native to Northeast Asia, hostas have become popular with gardeners the world over. And everyone is asking: when is the best time to plant hostas? In this article, we’ll answer that question and many more! First of all, why hostas? Not only ...

What Can I Use Instead of Peat Moss: Great Alternatives

Using peat-free products in the home and garden is one of the simplest yet most effective ways that people can make a positive environmental impact and reduce their carbon footprint. For most uses in the garden, for example, pots, growbags, hanging ...

How Do Soil Microbes Affect Nutrients?

Microbes. Microscopic organisms that live absolutely everywhere on the planet – from the ocean floor to the highest levels of the atmosphere. And those that live in soil – as tiny as they are – can have a huge effect on your plants. In just a ...

Best Time to Cut Hedges Back: when and how

Hedges are one of the most common features in many prestigious and established neighborhoods. Because of their versatility – coming in a variety of sizes, shapes, and even species – they can fit beautifully into almost any landscape. But shaggy, ...

What Time of Year Do You Trim Box Hedges?

For hundreds of years, boxwood hedges have graced formal gardens in Europe and the Americas. Overall, these hardy shrubs require little upkeep. But they need proper trimming – at the proper time – in order to look their best! Not everyone knows how ...

How To Increase Potassium in Soil

Of all the “Big 3” soil ingredients, the least understood is definitely potassium. While the effect of potassium on plants is fairly clear - we can see that it improves how well a plant grows and produces - exactly why and how it works is not as ...

Is There A Difference Between Potting Soil And Topsoil?

It’s safe to say that a successful garden begins with good soil. And while you may think that dirt is just dirt, all soils aren’t created equal. What are the differences between the various types of soil and which is the best? The truth is that ...

Can I Reuse Old Potting Soil (And How To Do It)?

While snagging the last 2 bags of potting soil in the garden center, you begin to frantically calculate in your head. And no matter how you work it out, you’ll barely have half the soil you need for your plant containers? So what do you do now? ...

How Much Soil Is Needed For A Raised Bed?

Container gardening is become more and more popular. Planting in containers (that you can place on top of a stand or table) makes it easier to reach the plants without bending over and straining your back. And they’re not just for apartment ...

How To Improve Your Soil For Gardening

Raise your hand if you took up gardening during lockdown. For some people, growing their own fruit and vegetables guaranteed them fresh produce amid dwindling grocery store supplies. For others, gardening was a way to get outdoors for a little ...

How Do You Take Care Of A Potted Hibiscus Plant

In recent months, gardening has emerged as a leading pastime for many people in lockdown situations all over the world. For people living in urban areas with small garden areas, or those in apartments and condominiums whose only outdoor space is a ...

How Does Fertilizer Work On Grass: the basics

Homeowners and gardeners spend countless hours caring for their property and ensuring it appears its best at all times. It’s plain to see that nothing accessorizes your home and garden better than a lush and green lawn. Fertilizing your lawn is one ...

What Kind Of Soil Do I Have In My Area: description and photos

To achieve greatness in any sphere, you must start with – and master – the basics. Begin with the fundamentals, and build upon your foundation in order to succeed. It goes without saying that the foundation of any thriving garden is the soil – ...

How Is Soil Created: profiles and horizons explained

As anyone can tell you, a solid foundation is the key to success – whatever the endeavour. If you choose to build a house on a shoddy base of ragged stones and sand, you can’t possibly expect that home to stand as long as one built on a firm bed ...

Aphids On Roses Home Remedy: Identify and remove

Spring is a fantastic time to be in the garden – everything around you is waking up and signs of new life can be seen everywhere. On your rose bushes, you may also be able to spy signs of life: tiny aphids, clinging to the stems and undersides of ...

Stihl BGA85 Cordless Leaf Blower Review

Choosing from the hundreds of different outdoor equipment designs can be confusing and time consuming. If you have always cleaned or maintained your outdoor area by hand, then continuing this labour may seem easier than deciding on which make ...

How To Grow Leeks From Seed To Harvest

Leeks, sometimes referred to as the poor man’s asparagus, are members of the onion family that, instead of forming a bulb, form a long shank. Not only are these hearty vegetables easy to grow – they also provide lots of vitamins and minerals: C, A, ...

How Long Does It Take for Vegetable Seeds To Sprout

At the beginning of a new season, it is a great idea to consider what you can do to give your garden a head start. Doing this will often enable you to harvest more throughout the season as well as be able to harvest your produce earlier. One ...

How To Raise pH In Soil Fast: what to add

In chemistry, pH is a scale that ranges from 1 to 14 and is used to specify how acidic or alkaline a substance is. Acidic solutions have a lower pH number, while alkaline – or basic – solutions have a higher pH number. If the pH level is ...

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 ...

What Is A Compost Tumbler: what do they do?

What is a compost tumbler?: A compost tumber is a rotating drum with a hatch or lid which is opened to empty your composting materials inside. The lid is then closed and you turn a handle which rotates the drum around. This mixes the contents of ...

Are Crab Apples Poisonous To Dogs?

These tiny, tart apples can be a healthy treat for dogs, if served properly. Though the flesh of the apple is safe, the leaves, stems and pips are all toxic to mammals – even humans, if they consume a large quantity. Are crab apples poisonous? ...

Best Secateurs for Small Hands

It is important when gardening to use the proper tools for the task at hand. And while any pair of heavy-duty kitchen scissors could handle basic yard work such as deadheading flowers, or pruning foliage, the best tool for the job is a great ...

How to Sharpen Garden Shears

It could be argued that a gardener is only as good as their tools – having the right tool for the job makes working in the garden less of an effort and infinitely more enjoyable. While some tools are specific to certain types of gardening and ...

How Can I Make My Soil More Fertile

More than any other factor, the fertility of your soil will impact the success of your garden.  Whether you live in a new suburb or an old farming town, you may encounter infertile soil – and whatever is causing the soil infertility needs to ...

Best Tomato Varieties for a Greenhouse

There are few things more delicious than the taste of a ripe tomato – they are synonymous with summer, topping burgers and salads as well as making up lovely sauces and condiments like salsa and ketchup. But how do you select the best tomato ...

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 ...

How to Dethatch a Lawn by Hand

It is no secret that homeowners all want the thickest, greenest lawn on the block. They seed it, spread fertilizer and pesticides, and water it regularly. They use chemical or organic methods to improve the health of their grass and keep it ...

How to Grow Tomatoes Using Hydroponics

The tomato grows from a plant native to the Americas, which although it was thought to be poisonous when introduced to Europe in the 17th century, eventually became wildly popular worldwide. Hydroponics were not in use in those days as we know ...

What Is The Role Of NPK In Plants

It’s no secret that gardeners all hope to achieve the highest yields. One of the surest methods to succeed is to start with a soil perfectly suited to the needs of the plant about to grow in it. But how do we achieve this? There are so many ...

Perlite Or Vermiculite For Vegetables

Should you add perlite or vermiculite for vegetables? Which will help achieve the best result and why? Every gardener hopes for the best possible result from their crops – and will seek out the best techniques and tricks to improve the yield of ...

Drought Tolerant Perennials That Bloom All Summer

When we think of drought-resistant plants, succulents and grasses come immediately to mind - and while these are beautiful, not every gardener wants a sea of greens and browns. Similarly, if we think of perennials, we envision wildflowers and ...

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 ...

What Is The Best Axe For Chopping Trees

One of the oldest tools known to humankind, the axe has been in use since the Stone Age. They have changed and evolved over the years, every successive generation of axe makers and wielders improving on what came before. Now, at least in the ...

How To Build A Concrete Block Pillar

In this article i will take you through the various steps required to show you how to build a concrete block pillar from start to finish. Positioning your pillars First thing you need to do is mark out the ground where you want your pillars ...

Best hatchet for bushcraft: how to choose

Many outdoors enthusiasts have a host of modern tools and gadgets they can use when preparing to go into the wilderness. Although many of these top survival tools include high tech modern equipment, speciality knives and GPS machines, one of the ...

Easiest flowers to grow in pots: and to maintain.

Flowers are ornamental plants used in designing landscapes, interiors and exterior areas of our houses. They add life and colour to our rooms and buildings and they also release oxygen and soothing smells. Many of us love flowers, we want them ...

How To Prune An Apple Tree In Winter

In this article we are going to talk about how to prune an apple tree in winter and what are the important steps to be followed and if there any issues to be aware of. Winter pruning apple trees It is important to carry out any pruning the ...

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 ...

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 ...

How To Cut Long Grass By Hand

This article is titled how to cut long grass by hand. It is an unusual title because in these modern times people usually use engine driven equipment for labour intensive tasks. If you have long grass and by long I mean more than a foot long, there ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Best Mosquito Repellent For Camping: Which to choose and why

Mosquitos are the worlds most dangerous animal with a reported 700,000 deaths each year. Although it is not the insect which kills you rather it is the infection it carries - with Malaria counting for 400,000 of these deaths. For the majority of ...

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 ...

Wind Powered Water Pump For Pond: land drainage

Windmill water pumps, which is actually an incorrect term for them - A "windmill" is something which harnesses the power of the wind to drive a grain mill. The correct term is a "windpump". although we tend to get call anything which has blades ...

What Is Perlite Made Of: When and how to use it

You will have seen perlite when you open up a bag of compost, all the little white specks mixed throughout the compost are pieces of perlite. In this article you will find out what perlite is made from, how, why and where you should use it in your ...

Can You Freeze Fresh Parsley: sowing to harvest

Learn how to grow parsley in this informative and easy to read post all about parsley. Parsley is a beautiful herb which really excels when pulled fresh from the plant- but can you freeze fresh parsley? Read on to find out more about how you can ...

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 ...

How To Landscape My Backyard On A Budget

This house is built on sloping ground- the foundations were dug into the hillside. This means at one side the land is higher at the top and lower at the bottom. Where the front lawn meets the sloping ground at the side there is a sharp fall, I ...

Concrete Block Piers Foundations: how to build

Dig out the hole 6 inches 15cm wider than the outside side of the pillar you want to build. It should be 2 to 3 feet/ 60cm to 100cm deep depending on how soft your ground is - the softer the ground the deeper you'll need to go to hit hard ground. ...

What Time of Year Do Mushrooms Grow

Adding just a fist-sized portion (100g) of mushrooms to your diet can provide a laundry list of important vitamins and minerals. They are a natural source of protein and vitamin D and contain many B vitamins such as niacin and riboflavin, fiber, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Pea Plant Growth Stages: how do peas grow

Peas are one of the first things I like to plant in early spring. They love to germinate in cool temperatures and can handle being planted as early as a month before the final frost date for your area. Discover all the different pea plant growth ...

Cutting Back Overgrown Hedges

Having a nice looking hedge around your home or garden is something everyone enjoys. Studies have shown that homes with plenty of green space nearby provides a positive mental boost to those who live in the home. I have a yew hedge at the ...

Why Is My Yew Hedge Not Growing Properly

Yew plants require deep, well-aerated, drained and fertile soil to grow and thrive in. It will not matter if the yew is being planted to be a tree or as part of a hedge, if you do not provide these conditions you may end up with a yew hedge that ...

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 ...

Why Do Slugs Come In The House: how to repel them

It is only when you have your garden looking really good and things are growing well that you start to notice how much of a pest slugs and snails can be. When I am asked how to keep slugs and snails out of my house or out of a garden, the first ...

How To Dig Up A Flower Bed

In this article we look at the different ways you can go about digging up a flower bed. We cover what to do if you have an existing flower bed with plants already growing in it and if you don't have an existing flower bed how to go about creating ...

How To Edge A Lawn By Hand

Edging your lawn has to one of the most high impact jobs to improve the appearance of your property. It really does catch peoples eye and gives your home a tidy appearance. Learn how today in this great article, how to edge a lawn by hand. ...

Best Chemical For Driveway Cleaning

The topic of best chemical for cleaning my driveway is one which is brought up many times. If you have spent a lot of time mowing, edging your lawn and planting beautiful flowerbeds it would be a shame to have an unsightly driveway let you down. ...

How To Get Rid of Leaves Without Raking

In this article I will look at how to get rid of leaves without raking, using other implements rather than using the traditional hand rake. Why bother to lift the leaves from your lawn? It is a good idea to lift the leaves from your lawn because if ...

How To Keep Grass Green Year Round

We find there are a number of key areas which need to be covered if you're not sure how to keep your lawn looking its best. Drainage  First we need to look at drainage- is the land well drained?, is the soil type free draining or heavy ...

How To Make Stripes In Yard: transform your lawn

The main secret of how to make stripes in yard and improving the visual impact of your lawn is having a lawnmower with a heavy roller behind the cutting blade. It is this rolling of the grass in one direction and then rolling the next stripe in ...