Garden Posts

Quick Reads and lots of tips to get the most from your garden.

Hydroponics

Indoor hydroponic gardening, or hydroponics as it’s commonly known, has had a bad press over the past few years, due to illegal plants being grown away from watchful eyes and extending the growing season indefinitely. So let’s lay the bad press to rest and find out what all the fuss is really about….. Hydroponics

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Bees and Flowers

Bees are at risk at the moment and we really need to encourage these wonderful creatures to our gardens and parks. One of the problems with bees is that some humans get really freaked out by them because they have a sting. But…  Bees and Flowers

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Parsley Power

Parsley is one of the best known herbs, but strangely probably one of the most under-used ones. It is generally used as a garnish and left on the side of the plate which is a shame because parsley is.. Parsley Power

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Vampires Begone!

Garlic has so many myths and legends attached to it they would probably fill a whole book, although we do know for sure that it keeps vampires away, so for that reason alone we should definitely grow some! Vampires Begone

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Just Basil

Basil has that gorgeous smell of summer and can and should be added to your meals every day – unless you have an allergy, then definitely ignore that! Just Basil

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Daisy Love

The common daisy has been the subject of many myths and legends over the centuries and has been part of the landscape for as long as records can be traced. Daisy Love

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Pink Loveliness

These beautiful clematis flowers bloomed after just a couple of days of Cornish sunshine. I couldn’t remember what they were called – and I call myself a gardener, tut tut! Pink Loveliness

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Gardening For Health

“In the past few months I’ve been kind of ‘on the road’ but settling nicely into my new house and thought it was about time I started blogging again! Maybe I’ll write about my exploits another day but for now, having my own garden, but still feeling a bit overweight and sluggish, has inspired and reminded me of all the wonderful health benefits of gardening and a quick article came pouring out 🙂 ………” Gardening for Health

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Growing Apples and Pears

I’ve been having a bit of a tec-detox recently but now it’s that time again – Spring just around the corner bringing with it some blue skies and sunshine we hope. Growing Apples & Pears

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Growing Beansprouts

Growing beansprouts isn’t a new age veggie thing – the Chinese have been growing and eating beansprouts for thousands of years. Growing Beansprouts

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Herbal Rescue

Companion planting helps with maintenance in a garden. Certain plants grow well together and will get along happily without you having to do much. Herbs deter many pests because of their strong scent, and other useful components. Herbal Rescue

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Herbs Can Save the World!

I read somewhere that pasta sauces reach 9 out of 10 consumers. How many jars and lids does that add up to I wonder? I have no idea where to start doing the math, but I think we’re into the billions – of jars sold every year. Ouch. Herbs can Save the World

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Grow your own Beans

Although green beans have been cultivated for home use since the 16th century, string-less varieties weren’t really known until the turn of the 20th century. Grow your own Beans

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Diet Pots

The most important step to having a healthy body is to eat healthy food. What better way than to grow your own diet in a pot. Diet Pots

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Creating Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly gardens are featuring more and more in regular backyard gardens. Growing beautiful flowers to attract butterflies is an added bonus. Scroll down the page to see what I mean! Creating Butterfly Gardens

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Grounding

Apart from all the wonderful fruit, veg and herbs and flowers you can grow in the garden to keep everyone healthy and away from the processed food, gardening is one of the best hobbies you can take up for grounding reasons. Grounding

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40 Million Years of Flowers

Did you know that sunflowers have been around for 40 million years? (humans are only about 100,000 years old) Reasons to grow a few this year: 40 Million Years of Flowers

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A World of Herbs

Herbs hold some wonderful secrets that we can share if we venture into their world for a moment. My favourite herb of the moment is Aloe Vera. Not a culinary herb perhaps but the benefits of aloe vera are enormous. A World of Herbs

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Baby Lettuces

Lettuce seedlings are best re-potted as they gain a lot of strength in their early stages of growth and you want to plant out tiny lettuces rather than seedlngs with only one or two leaves. Baby Lettuces

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Lettuce

All leafy green vegetables contain quantities of vitamin C and lettuce is no exception. Picking it fresh is even better! Lettuce also contains vitamin A and folate, some varieties may have mild sedative properties. Lettuce

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Zucchini

Eat zucchini young and unpeeled for maximum effect. They are full of good vitamins. The seeds are also beneficial. Zucchini

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Garlic

As well as being effective in preventing colds, flu and infections, garlic is known to help reduce high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. It has anti-fungal and anti-biotic qualities. Garlic

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Grow Lemons at Home

Although lemons and other citrus fruits are indigenous to warmer climates, in recent years they have become a popular plant in many parts of the world. They do need a little care and attention but they are worth their weight in gold! Grow Lemons at Home

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Peppers hot and sweet

There are many different varieties of peppers. They come in all shapes, colours and sizes. However, there are two main types: Peppers hot and sweet

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Potatoes

Potatoes are so common in the western diet that we imagine they’ve been around forever. But although evidence suggests potatoes were used around 500BC, the potato had a bad reputation for many centuries and was thought by some cultures to be an evil vegetable. Potatoes

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Ten Tips for Top Crops

Growing your own food is one of the most satisfying and nourishing hobbies you could undertake. But if you’ve never done it, these ten top tips could help you get the most from your crops.. Ten Tips for Top Crops

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Broccoli, Grow it, Eat it

Broccoli has its roots in ancient times, although it wasn’t cultivated for home use until around the 1600’s. The broccoli we know and love today started its commercial journey about a century ago. Broccoli Grow it, Eat it

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Strawberries

Wild strawberries can still be found in some unspoiled areas – often in light woodland. However, wild strawberries tend to be smaller and not nearly as sweet as the hybrid varieties we grow today. Strawberries

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Onions a Chef’s Delight

Onions have been hard to date by archaeologists, but it’s generally thought that onions have been eaten since prehistoric times and have been cultivated for at least 5000 years. Onions a chefs delight

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Garlic

Garlic has been cultivated as a food and healing herb for 5000 years. It was thought at one time to have aphrodisiac properties and was therefore not eaten by monks, young women or anyone who shouldn’t have their passions aroused! Garlic

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Blackcurrants

Blackcurrants are one of the world’s most commercially grown crops and have been picked in the wild since medieval times when they were also used as a medicinal herb. It wasn’t until the 19th and 20th centuries that research uncovered just how vitamin packed blackcurrants are! Blackcurrants

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Blackberries

One of my favourite childhood memories is of gathering enough blackberries to make a blackberry and apple crumble – the best dessert in the world! Blackberries

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Growing Raspberries

Because raspberries are a soft fruit, they don’t travel well and are therefore often expensive to buy – A good reason to grow this delicious and healthy fruit at home. Growing Raspberries

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Apples and Pears

There are thousands of different cultivars of apple and pears. Generally the best ones to grow at home are those already growing in your region. It’s sometimes worth trying something special but best do the research first so you know how to care for your tree before you start. Apples and Pears

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Gardening in August

At this time of year, there should be tons of crops available. Remember to pick them, oh, and eat them of course. If you have too many, give them away or swap with other growers, or if possible freeze a few for later in the year. Gardening in August

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Ten Edible flowers

There are hundreds of edible flowers you can grow in your garden. However, you must be 110% sure they’re edible before you eat them! Ten Edible Flowers

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Loving Lemons

In an attempt to reduce my caffeine intake, I’ve started enjoying lemon, ginger and honey.. it really is delicious – and healthy! Loving Lemons

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The Magic of Weeds

Weeds are simply wild plants and can hold a huge range of medicinal and nutritional properties, just waiting to be used. The Magic of Weeds

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