July 2020

Chicken Manure Pellets
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Chicken manure pellets, a.k.a. poultry manure pellets, are an easy, economical way to provide a nitrogen boost to vegetable garden plants. When used with plenty of compost, these composted and processed pellets are an excellent cure for tired soil. They...
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What Stimulates Root Growth?
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Healthy root systems lead to healthy plants. Sunlight and water, of course, are essential for plant growth. But do you know what stimulates root growth beneath the surface and keeps roots performing? Do you really know what has been working with...
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What Stimulates Root Growth?
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Healthy root systems lead to healthy plants. Sunlight and water, of course, are essential for plant growth. But do you know what stimulates root growth beneath the surface and keeps roots performing? Do you really know what has been working...
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More little harvests
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My garden is "trundling along" as is normal for this time of year. There are few major tasks to be done, so my job is just to keep things tidy and continue to pick stuff as it ripens.This week I...
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Projects While You Summer-at-Home
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Suddenly it's the middle of summer and we're still very close to home. So, while you're in - quarantining, recuperating, or simply being - may we suggest a project or three, to keep you feeling calm and productive as you...
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Our Visit to Les Jardins de Metis, Part 1-The Long Walk
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For those of us who have been digging and dividing perennials, weeding, and dragging hoses around in the heat, gardening might seem to be an odd hobby for Elsie Reford's doctor to recommend while she recovered from surgery. Elsie Stephen...
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Top 5 Hanging House Plants in your home
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Small indoor plants are the perfect way to make any space look a bit more ‘alive’, but if your tight on space, and having to choose between functional everyday items and a plant, I think we both know what you have to...
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Garden Wasps – Where is the Love?
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Bees have such a great reputation.  They are the face of pollinator conservation and we know how valuable they are in our food system.  But what about wasps?  Where is the love?  Wasps are also fascinating pollinators.  Did you know...
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Small but special
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Many amateur gardeners will agree with me when I say that growing huge quantities of veg is not necessarily the object of the exercise with Grow Your Own. A lot of people grow tiny amounts, but still find pleasure in...
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Still battling the Blackfly
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Not content with decimating my Broad Bean harvest, the Blackfly have moved on to my climbing beans - Runners, French and Borlotti - which are now infested with the damned things.I have been doing my best to keep them under...
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