Tips on Gardening
Gardening tips and ideas to make gardening easier
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As soon a spring arrives so do the slugs, nasty slimy creatures who can shred a Hosta overnight or devastate a tender Delphinium.
You can beat them, most of the time and the effectives ways are Nematodes, Beer Traps, Picking and Dispatching.
You can also rejuvenate a bedding plant eaten by slugs.
Information and hints on how to Beat the slugs
Weeding is not the favourite task in the garden so here's a tip on how to reduce it.
The easiest ways to lay a weed suppressing membrane. This is sold by the roll in garden centres and an ideal time to lay a membrane is in a new garden or new border. Once it is in place cover with bark, so that you cannot see it, and weeding is reduced to a minimum.
More information on Beat the Weeds
Tip for the veg patch
How to tell emerging seedlings from weeds?
Tip: sow seeds in straight lines because weeds don't grow in straight lines.
When the tiny seedlings germinate the seedlings can be hard to recognise.
It's tricky to tell the seeds from the weeds.
If you sow in a straight line you will know which are the fledgling plants
Tie plants carefully
Check ties regularly and use soft ties not as illustrated-raffia makes excellent soft but stong ties. Here is an example of how not tie in young plants. This is an easy mistake to make when you tie in a young plant, in this case a tomato.
This tie was fine when first placed on the plant. But, remember the plant will grow, the tie gets tighter and can cut into the plant read more about growing tomatoes.
It is a good idea to drain the water butt before the worst of the winter frost and cold. The image left shows what can happen if frost gets a hold and when it expands the water butt fractures a costly mistake. More hints on winter gardening tips.
One way to ensure you water efficiently especially is to take a small plastic water bottle, cut off the bottom and sink the top into the ground along side the plant. When watering pour the water into the open cut top of the bottle which ensures the water penetrates down to the roots.This is good for those plants which need regular watering and to the roots- Tomatoes, Melons
Going on holiday is great fun but it can cause problems with the garden. A friendly neighbour is the best bet but if no one is calling round what to do?
Some tender bedding plants can be overwintered and put back out next summer. Bedding plants are expensive and many such as Pelargoniums and Fuchsias are well worth saving-