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- If you would like to place a small plant or shrub close to some
trees or something like a conifer hedge, but you can't because the
trees/hedge take all the goodness from the soil, here is what to do.
Give your plant/shrub its own environment by putting it in a large
plant pot; and then bury the pot! All you will see is the
May need additional
watering as the pot will prevent the plant drawing moisture from the
ground and, due to the proximity of hedges/trees etc., rain may not
get to the roots of the plant in question.
- The cheapest way to make an arc in your
garden is to buy some plastic water piping then drive four star pickets into the ground
the with of the wire then slip the piping over the star pickets then attach the wire and
you have got an arc you can grow grapes passion fruit climbing beans etc on it good luck.
Plastic plant labels that have been written on
using permanent ink can be brought back to new if they are soaked in a 75% bleach solution
for a couple of weeks. Make sure they are thoroughly washed before using again.
Alternatively, use a pencil to mark labels, these can then be used again by simply
using a rubber (eraser) to remove the name.
Labels made from coloured plastic bottles can be
used for labelling different types of plants e.g. blue = hardy, yellow = trailers etc.
Thanks to Michael Allsop for these tips.
plant labels lettered with permanent markers can be quickly and easily
cleaned using a wirewool pan cleaner and a drop of water - you have to
try it to believe it!
To stop fencing boards splitting when driving
nails, cut the head of a nail of the same size to that being used, put the nail in an
electric drill and drill the boards where the nails are to be positioned, hammer in your
nails, no more split timber.
Thanks to Harvey Alexander
Slice your apples crosswise to evaluate
pollination. There are five seed pockets with a potential of two seeds in each.
If there are 8-10 fully developed seeds you are in good shape. If less, then
the apple is not all it could be and you need to work on better pollination. Either
you need more bees or a pollenizer variety. For more interesting facts on pollination visit their site at
I have to thank Mr. Dave Green for this
most original tip on the pollination of apples.
When growing sweet peas from seed, two-thirds fill
pot with compost and water well, top up with dry compost and plant seed at about 1/2 inch
beneath surface of compost. This way the seed with draw up as much water as required
and will not rot away.
When planting bare rooted trees and shrubs, spread the roots out like an
umbrella, twisted roots stunt growth. As you cover the roots with soil shake the
plant from time to time to allow the soil to drop down well between them. Water well
To prevent snow damaging small conifers, when it is forecast tie the
branches to the trunk with string, however, do not leave them tied for more than a day or
If you find handles of tools, mowers and shears uncomfortable to hold
try buying a foam bicycle handlebar grip. Slip the grips over the tool handles,
using washing up liquid or Vaseline if it proves difficult. If the handle in
question is continuous try slitting the grip horizontally to allow it to be slipped over
the handle. Pipe insulating foam may also work.
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