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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! This cool weather plant can even yield 2 harvests per growing ...

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 am ...

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, as well ...

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 bar closer side) This distance will be the inside measurement of your gateposts, ...

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

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. I ...

Pea Plant Growth Stages: how do peas grow and what to do with them.

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. They don’t like to be transplanted, as the ...

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 front of ...

Tools Used By Gardener: the essentials

Gardening is a great outdoor activity which anyone can enjoy. Usually there is a task to complete, such as weeding, digging a vegetable plot or flower bed, planting a new bush or shrub or pruning a plant etc… For each individual task there is ...

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 is ...

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 ...