Should Gardeners be Qualified?

Posted on March 25, 2018 at 5:35 pm

When you are employing a gardener, you need to know they will do a good job on your garden. One of the things potential employers might ask is what qualifications the gardener has. However, gardeners don’t necessarily need to be qualified. How important is a formal qualification for a gardening professional?

If a gardener is working on a large and complex landscape, such as formal gardens or a stately home garden, then it may serve them well to have a qualification. There are qualifications offered by many bodies, such as the Royal Horticultural Society, that are very well regarded. These teach a range of practical and academic skills, so the gardener will know how to adapt their approach.

For a domestic gardener, qualifications may help but they are less essential. Many gardeners are incredibly good at what they do, and they have lots of experience in their field. It is this experience that is ultimately going to make someone a great gardener.

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Choosing the Right Type of Lawn

Posted on December 24, 2017 at 7:21 pm

Lawns are a big part of a garden – they usually form the largest surface area within the garden. If you are looking for a new lawn, replacing an area of lawn, or you are moving into a new property and creating a new garden, you should ensure you choose the correct type of turf for your new garden.

A standard type of turf will suffice in most domestic properties. The turf sold in the UK is generally quite hardy and will withstand some harsh weather conditions.

However, if your garden is used for sport, you have pets or it is a high traffic area, you might need to have a tougher kind of turf. Choose one that is specifically made to last in a high traffic spot.

If your garden is shady, a shade-resistant turf might be your best option. This will help the turf to stay healthy and to grow well.

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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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