Laying and Maintaining a Lawn
Lawns are still very much part of the English garden. Whether they are as pristine as a bowling green or merely a space for children to play, the lawn has an important role to play in the design of a garden. Most of us with lawns are content for them to look green and lush and neatly mowed. Keeping the perfect lawn is not always at the top of our garden priority list. And it’s ok not to mind if our lawns have the odd patch of moss or a weed or two. Whether you are after perfection or just a healthy looking patch of grass, there are some basic tasks to consider when keeping a lawn. You can rigorously adhere to all of them, or just pick the ones that keep your lawn looking just how you want it.How to Plant and Grow Potatoes
One of the easiest vegetables to grow is the potato. Whether you grow a main crop to keep you in roasties all though the winter or deliciously sweet salad potatoes to enjoy during the summer, the principles of growing them are the same. Planted in the ground, potatoes do take up a lot of room on your vegetable garden, but you can just as easily grow them in containers or large bags. Here is a short guide to planting and growing potatoes in your garden.How To Set Up An Aquaponics System
I will take you through the entire process, from the initial planning stage to setting everything up. I will only cover a flood and drain system due to it’s simplicity and lower cost.Beat the Hosepipe Ban!
Since last autumn we have had little or no rain. Apart from the occasional downpour that does little to revitalise the soil we’ve all been relying on regular watering in the garden since early Spring. And from April 5th we’re getting a hosepipe ban in the South East of England.Making a Practical and Functional Birdhouse
Making birdhouses can be a very satisfying hobby for ornithologist and many other people who just love to watch birds. First you can admire your handy work every day; secondly you will be able to provide protection and shelter for the birds along with food and water to help keep the birds in your yard.Water Fountains – How They Are Soothing to the Senses
We use our senses to enjoy water in its many forms. Water fountains in the garden tap into all of our senses, leaving us more relaxed.Composting Puts An End To Waste In The Landfill
Really should this all end up in the garbage so it can be hauled to the landfill? Well, the diseased plants and the weeds should, but whatever else. can go as part of your own compost pile or bin. Composting is a marvelous technique to look after your garden pruning, tree trimmings, grass clippings, and also kitchen scraps.Growing Radish From Seed
Radishes are easy, uncomplicated and quick to grow, producing a crop in only 3-4 weeks. Even their young leaves are edible! They are delicious in salads, adding a fresh hot flavour and a decorative bright pink colour. There are many different varieties you can grow, including summer and winter varieties, Chinese or Mooli radish which tend to have longer roots, and podding radish which are grown not for the root but the seed pods and have a similar flavour to traditional radish. Pink Beauty is a small round radish which matures very quickly and Scarlet Globe is a good variety to grow outdoors. Growing them from seed couldn’t be simpler – here is a short guide to how to do it.Growing Tomato Plants From Seed
You can grow your own tomatoes either inside a greenhouse or outside in a sheltered sunny spot. Growing them from seed is easy and often means that you end up with plenty of young plants not only to grow on yourself but to give away to friends and family. Here is a quick and easy guide to growing tomatoes from seed.Is It Possible To Simply Rid Your Yard Of Ticks And Mosquitoes?
This season it is possible to have a tick and mosquito free backyard. Barrier spraying is a proven method to kill these pests.How To Conserve Water In Your Back Yard
Water appears to be in abundance in today’s society and for the most part you would never think to conserve it but in time’s of drought the places which suffer the most are your gardens. There are however ways to combat such problems with the right preparations in place so that your garden remains green with ample water all year round, regardless of the weather.Sowing Lettuce From Seed in Plastic Guttering
One novel way of growing lettuce is in lengths of plastic guttering. Having grown peas in this way for some time, transferring the seedlings into the round once they are big enough, I decided to reuse the lengths of guttering to grow lettuce, and it really works! I have found the cut and come again mixed leaf varieties grow best as they tend to have shallower roots systems than the larger, more compact varieties and so can tolerate being grown in a shallow container.