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Monday, September 27, 2010

Good Garden Maintenance For Healthy Plants

Good healthy soil is essential if you want a good garden with healthy plants and flowers.

 * Maintain your soil with organics in the form of compost or compost-like natural fertilizers on a regular basis.

* Mulch in the amounts is good. But, overdo it and you end up smothering the soil.
A few centimetres is normally the maximum that should be used.

* Keep your grass in the lawn and out of beds by edging sharply with a half-moon edger a couple of times a year. Or, you could install a proper brick or plastic barrier that goes down at least 10 centimetres.

* Trying out hardy plants is one thing, but when selecting trees and shrubs it's best to go for known winners. Mistakes can be costly and time-consuming.

* In the case of tree planting deeper is not better. The top main roots should be barely underground. Go too deep and you risk suffocating them.

* When choosing plants, colour might be important to us, but shouldn't be the overriding factor. Pick plants which suit your soil, your garden, your location.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Biggest Potato in World On Show

The prize potato weighs an impressive 8lbs 4oz (3.76kg), smashing the previous world record by 9oz.

The world's biggest potato was put on show on Friday at the National Gardening Show in Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

The grower, Peter Glazebrook, has already won competitions for the world's longest carrot (17 feet), as well as the heaviest parsnip.