Gardening

Can you Grow Cucumbers in the UK?

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 10:47 pm

It is perfectly possible to grow cucumbers at home in the UK. You do need to be careful though, because these vegetable need some special growing conditions and if you do not provide these, it would be very easy to kill them.

The first thing to do is to decide between a bush or a vine. A vine will need to be able to climb so make sure you have trellises or similar frames for them to grow up onto.

You also need to make sure cucumbers are planted in warm earth. Don’t think about planting them until a good few weeks after the last frosts of winter. You can warm the earth up a little with plastic or start off a cucumber plant’s life in a greenhouse.

Make sure you use the right soil, or you cucumbers will not be happy. Make sure it has a pH level of 6-6.8.

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How to Grow Herbs Indoors

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Herbs can be very easy to grow indoors. Grow things like basil, parsley, mint, oregano and thyme easily inside your own home and have access to delicious fresh herbs whenever you want them. You should consider the herbs you want to grow carefully and choose ones that will grow well indoors. Usually, a window sill will be the best place to keep them as herbs tend to need a lot of warmth and sunlight.

Buy herbs from somewhere like a garden centre or grow them from seed and purchase the seeds online. You can buy herb plants from places like supermarkets but they are probably not going to be in the best of health after sitting on a shelf with no sunlight. Supermarket herb plants tend to wilt and die after a few weeks so make sure the herbs you start off with are healthy. Re-pot and water them as needed.

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Planting Garden Bulbs

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 5:09 pm

Summer Bulbs are a great addition to any garden as they will provide colour year after year and can even provide additional flowers to be divided and planted in another part of the garden. Unlike normal flowers these flowers do not need to be planted each year, they are hardy in nature, and there is a colour, size or shape that should suit any gardening need.

Summer Bulbs are one of the easiest types of flowers or plants to nurture and cultivate. For the next season, the best types of bulbs to grow to include true bulbs such as Asiatic and Oriental lilies, corms like gladiolus and crocosmia, tubers, examples of which are begonia, caladium or dahlia, and rhizome crops such as agapanthus and canna. (more…)

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Dahlia: A flower from a tuber

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 2:55 pm

 

Perennial plants are small flowering plants that live for two years or more. The word perennial is used to distinguish a plant based on its life span. Perennial plants are commonly known as they bloom spring and summer season and dies every autumn. Having a huge rebirth of its popularity, garden owners realised that one popular perennial plant named Dahlias provides a wide array of beautiful and stunning colours. These plants bloom its wonderful flowers from mid-summer season to the first frost. Similarly to other perennial plants, these Dahlias take the delight of the warmth to be reproduced in subsequent waves. Positioned in a sunny place with rich soil on its roots Dahlias will never fail to give you excellent blooming flowers. With the constant evolution range that Dahlias have, variety in different flowers that it reproduces from their colours as well as their looks, they have been common flowers that are sold both in flower boutiques and on online retail stores. (more…)

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Tidying Up Your Rockery!

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 6:22 am

The weather has mostly been great recently and there are more days of summer promised in the day’s ahead; providing the weather stays good in the coming days. So with this in mind, it may be worth getting to work in your garden and making it look great for the summer (if not already).

If you have a rockery feature in your garden that has become boring over the years, then you may want to remove all the stones and then redesign the rockery area; maybe even expand or shrink the boundaries. Then you can remove the weeds and put down some new topsoil afterwards; you may also want to clean the stones – if they wear well the stones can can be jet washed,. It may be a good idea to clean them before putting them back with the new design.

As an idea, you can have herbs in the rockery instead of the usual plants, and plant some rosemary, thyme, parsley etc… They will look great with the right arrangement, and you will always have fresh herbs handy for when you need them.

You can then get some small garden ornaments to dot around the rockery area to match the stones and herbs; when you have the right contrast and balance, it’s going to look super awesome for a few or more years to come.

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