The Importance of Garden HedgesThe new fashion for planting hedgerows is reversing a trend which has been witnessed over the last few decades.

Hedgerows are ancient structures originating in the Bronze Age. The Romans planted hedgerows to create enclosures for stock and the practice continued to some degree through the centuries that followed.

During the century between 1750 and 1850, The Enclosures Act triggered frenzied hedge planting to mark property boundaries. The character of the English countryside was totally changed. But many of these hedges were lost during the Napoleonic Wars and later in World War II as Britain strived to become as self-sufficient in food production as possible.

The mass removal of hedges from the landscape has had an adverse affect on wildlife. Hedgerows play an important role in feeding, protecting and housing animals, birds and insects. They create much-needed resources to support a rural ecosystem.

But city and suburban gardens too can offer a huge opportunity to create a network of havens. Hedgerows that support wildlife do not have to be exclusively rural; gardeners can play an enormously important role in providing similar habitats.

How to Irrigate a GardenMost outdoor plants do well with only occasional watering unless they are situated in very poor, free-draining soil or are struck by drought conditions, but those under cover need more attention. Plants can only thrive if they have a good supply of moisture to their roots.

The plants that need the most watering are container-grown or newly-planted. Plants that have just been put in the soil are prone to drying out because their roots are not yet established.

Always water the garden in the evening or early morning because in the intense heat of the Sun not only does water evaporate quickly, it can scorch leaves.

A way of reducing evaporation is to add a thick layer of mulch to the ground when it is moist. Aim to make the layer about 10cm or so. The layer should be organic material such as compost or well-rotted manure or alternatively you could use a membrane designed for the purpose.

When using a watering can or garden hose, try to direct the flow of water to the base of the plant so that the

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Gardening Tasks for SummerWith June almost over, now is the time to prepare for the gardening tasks which face us this summer - and whilst you may think a lot of the hard work in terms of planting and preparation has already been done during Spring, you'll be surprised at how much there is still to do in the summer.

June:

    • If your decking or patio is looking a little grubby, is suffering from algae or moss - remove it without the need for extensive elbow grease. Instead, turn to your pressure washer and give it a thorough blast, before scrubbing any remaining dirt away with a hard bristled brush.
    • Now is a great time to enjoy the flurry of flowers and colour which blooms throughout your garden. But it isn't just flowers which are likely to be growing throughout your flowerbeds - weeds will be too. One of the best ways to tackle this, without the need for chemical products, is to use a hoe to lift the weeds out of the ground, before leaving them on the surface to wither and die in the sun.

Starting A Garden In Extreme SummerIf you are a person living in any part of the globe except Antarctica and your area faces drought and scarcity of water, you would baulk at the idea of starting a garden at this time. The extreme heat in climate and shortage of water had even the authorities wondering whether the plants in government-laid gardens would survive. Now, that is the crux of this article? How to save water and start a new garden? It is possible - some sacrifices and smart actions, when made, will help us to start a garden in our home.

However, there are some points that always have to be remembered. Expert gardeners have clearly specified that more plants are lost or become dead as a result of overwatering than by providing the required amount of water or underwatering. The points given below can assist if you are a fresher in gardening:

Every gardener, with a common sense, can easily know that water poured on soil can evaporate easily. You can dig a small area around the plant, cover with stones and rocks where water can percolate

How to Plant Garlic From ClovesGarlic is widely used around the world for its pungent flavor as a seasoning or condiment. It is a member of the onion family. Widely used as a flavor in cooking, alternatively garlic can be eaten raw and proven to have multiple health benefits.

It has a rich source of Manganese, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. Garlic has long been proven to boost the immune system by prevent or reducing the severity of common illnesses such as the flu and cold. There are further medical studies that also prove that garlic reduces blood pressure and improves cholesterol levels.

Sowing garlic is easy and rewarding experience. By growing your own garlic you will be eating fresh organic produce that hasn't been imported. Garlic is propagated by planting the individual cloves in the ground.

Here's a step by step guide for sowing garlic:

Step 1: Prepare soil for planting

Garlic grows best in loose, well drained soil. Typically a pH of 6.0 to 7.5 is ideal for growing garlic. Garlic needs plenty of nitrogen, adding organic fertilizers such as manure is ideal.

How to Care for Orchids IndoorsIt is commonly known that orchid flowers are very beautiful and extremely various. Tropical orchids are cultivated as home plants all over the world, and their popularity is growing constantly.

Orchid biology is often wonderful and tricky in some places. The orchids are so responsive to the care that they may be compared with animals. As only careful parents can manage to grow good children, good plant growing requires careful grower. At the same time looking after orchids such as Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilum, Cymbidium and some other species does not require a lot of specific care compared to other flowers growing indoors.

If you are wandering how to care for orchids, firstly you should pay attention to a biology of a particular orchid genus you will grow. All orchids have some similarities, but also there are a lot of differences among different species. For example, many orchids have a rest period, when they should be watered much rarely and kept at lower temperature. Dendrochilums have a rest period from April to September, while other species are resting in autumn or winter. At the same

5 Awesome Gardening Tips for InspirationGardening for some is a hobby, for others it's a passion. Either ways, gardening demands patience, carefulness and a positive attitude. But knowing some tips and tricks always comes in handy. If you are a beginner looking for some guidelines or if you're an expert who is trying to figure out where have you been going wrong, this article is for you. We have gathered some expert gardening tips that will help you take your gardening experience to a whole new level.

Prepare the Soil well

Plants grow in soil, the soil is what nourishes and nurtures them and provides support to the roots to grow. Therefore, it is very important that you carefully prepare the soil before planting anything in it. Take into account the demands of your plant and the soil type that it tends to do well in. if your soil is not up to the standard, treat it. Divide the soil among different kind of plants that you are planning to grow according to their requirements. The best kind of compost to feed your soil is leaves. Leaves make

How To Grow And Care For A Papaya TreeA perennial tree, papaya grows best in tropical, as well as subtropical regions, which do not experience freezing temperatures and frost. The fruits of the papaya tree tend to take several different kinds of shapes. Irrespective of the shape that they take, one thing that is certain is that they will always be delicious, so much so that you will find yourself becoming hooked on them.

Generally, growing a papaya tree, or any tree for that matter, tends to come naturally to a number of people. If you are one of these lucky few who can grow this tree where you live. Therefore, you must run down to the store and buy some papaya seeds for yourself.

If you are thinking of growing a tree, then read on to learn more about how to grow a papaya tree.

Growing Papaya Trees

Generally, these trees are cultivated from seeds, which are found inside the fruit. Any papaya fruit bought or otherwise, will do the trick. You can scoop out the seeds and use them.

When sowing these seeds,

No Fail Perennial Plants for Any GardenPerennial plants are basics that are essential to landscapes of all kinds. These perennials should be as reliable as they are beautiful. Reliability should come in the form of disease resistance, ability to "play nice" and not become a spreading pest and ecological threat, and add to the natural beauty that exists around and outside of the area the landscape is in. There are so many wonderful perennials today that suit needs just right and make great staples, but there is of course always the cream-of-the-crop that works in every garden, under most conditions, and look great doing it. Here are ten no fail perennial plants for any garden (in no particular order!).

Coreopsis: There are many types of coreopsis. The native Coreopsis lanceolata L. is a prairie native that grows quite large and sports beautiful sunny yellow flowers over silvery and textural foliage. In the wild, this coreopsis grows among tall grasses in windy plains where it's much loved by bees and butterflies when it blooms. Then in the fall when it sets seed,

How to Plant and Grow Snap PeasSnap peas are also known as sugar snap peas. They differ from snow peas by the fact their pods are more rounded in shape and contain slightly more mature peas. Snap peas are a cross between snow peas and garden peas. The whole pod is eaten and has a crunchy texture and very sweet flavor.

Snap peas are a very rich source of Vitamin C whereby just 100g contains 100% of the recommended daily intake. Furthermore, the vegetable provides a good source of dietary fiber (10% recommended intake), folic acid (10% recommended intake), Vitamin A (22% recommended intake) as well as being a good source of iron, calcium and Vitamin K.

Sowing snaps peas is an easy and rewarding experience, not to mention the luxury of having your very own fresh produce available in your very own backyard. Below is a step by step guide for sowing your snap peas:

Step 1: Soil Preparation

Snap peas can be grown from a wide range of soil types ranging from heavy to light soils, although needs good drainage and a friable well-structured

Blue RosesBlue roses are odd yet beautiful. Unlike some other roses out there, this type of rose exudes a different kind of beauty that calms and make you wonder at the same time. Now, before you start giving it or you just want to know its significance you've landed on the right article!

Blue roses meaning

  • Royalty

As the color blue speaks for itself, royal blood and majesty are symbolized by blue roses. The feeling of eloquence brought by these make them popular around people with power and position. They are even used at courtyards or in offices thus adding an impression of authority

  • Complicated beauty

This flower represents that complicated yet alluring beauty which gives a long lasting impact. These can be given to a person with that beauty that is unique and totally extraordinary. It could also mean "I can't get you out of my mind.

  • Remarkable

They are one of those remarkable flowers because of its uniqueness. While most flowers bring happiness and cheer, this brings some feelings that are quite different and unachievable by other flowers.

  • Mystery

Bringing The Outside to Life With Garden DecorHave you ever looked at your yard or garden and thought how much you love the outdoors, with its rich colors and smells? Yet, it seems like something is missing from the area that would really bring your garden to life. It's more that the living and breathing plants that you want when you step into your garden. You want to bring to life an entire world of your own, so that you can relax outside in a haven that you have created. What you may need is some garden decor, various figurines, furniture, or even fountains that will make the area a true living paradise.

How do you begin to bring your garden to life with home garden ornaments? The first step is to determine what sort of style you want to present to yourself when you step out of your home into your yard or patio. Are you looking for a tranquil, peaceful setting where you can relax and let the cares and the stress of the day just melt away? Would you rather enter a fantasy world full of

Choosing the Right Shed for Your GardenWhilst you may not live in the shed, you will use it to store important tools and outdoor machinery. Perhaps you cannot initially see how a bit of rain can do much more than make a nuisance of itself, but if left you will soon realise the real devastation and havoc it can wreak on your garden tools if you do not protect them adequately from water damage. Investing wisely in your garden shed, whether you choose the shiplap style (the preferred and most weather resistant but not the cheapest) or the tongue and groove style (which has its own benefits, including the price, but is not as hardy and resilient as the aforementioned), is the best protection you can give your outdoor tools.

Why the shiplap cladding for your shed is the most sought after is down to the sheer beauty of the perfectly formed material. Each piece of wood has a fine groove within it and when the cladding is applied properly this helps the water to be funnelled away, ensuring none can burrow its way into the shed. The water

Reasons Why Going Organic Will Be The Best Choice For YouMany people like to create and maintain beautiful backyards and curated garden in their homes. Whether you hire a professional gardener to work on the space or actually believe in getting your hands in the soil - you must be aware of the concept of organic gardening.

This format has gained widespread popularity across the world with the many advantages that it offers. The concept of not using any form of chemical assisted techniques in your gardening venture and relying on all-natural resources can be considered as a revolution, both in the world of professional landscaping as well as environment protection.

It doesn't use any pesticides, insecticides, non-organic fertilisers (either nitrogen or phosphorous based), slug and snail pellets, weed killer, etc.

In case you are looking to follow a similar format with your own garden, here are a few tips that will get you convinced that organic fertiliser is your right choice.

• The use of non-organic fertilisers is associated with high levels of nitrogen and phosphorous in

Growing A Vertical GardenWhen I started my vertical garden, it was a small affair, just a few herbs like basil, mint and Rosemary. Then I added cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers and burpless cucumbers and my garden has now expanded to plants on Shepard hooks and on hooks attached to the fences. Additionally, I started adding some decorations like stake type art, one of which has a solar light included!

The whole point of starting this type of garden was that my Shorkie, Brandy, is very destructive and I still wanted something pretty to look at besides the gray fence. So, my first thought was "why not plant something we can use"? Hence the herbs and veggies. That wasn't enough however, we were still looking at the ugly gray fence, so a few weeks later, we added the flowers and decorations. I still plan to add more to the fence when the temps start going down a bit. Hey, it's hot in Texas right now!

My inspiration was a beautiful pin I saw on Pinterest and not only were there plants all along the fence, the fence itself was

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Designing a Great GardenGardening is making a comeback. It has been a source of food for ages. One of the main advantages of having your own vegetable garden is being able to eat fresh vegetables right out of your own garden without going to the shop where much of the vegetables are shipped from hundreds of miles away. What is more, having your vegetable garden may also cut down on the cost people are spending at the grocery stores. If you really want to eat fresh vegetables in the spring and summer, you should thing about creating your own vegetable garden.

People who want to become less reliant on grocery stores, they should think about creating a larger vegetable garden. People also usually choose to freeze their vegetables for use later in the year. One more benefit of having your vegetable garden the added knowledge of knowing what is in your garden. By choosing against the use pesticides on your garden people can have an organic garden without the worry of additives. What is more, the taste of organic produce is much sweeter than store-bought produce. Today many people

3 Reasons Why Your Garden Appliances Will Hinder Your GardenYour garden is an extension of your home, and your chance to express your personality with the help of nature. Whether you're after cascading water features, flowerbeds bursting with colour all year round or a pristine lawn surrounded by a few pots and decking - all can be achieved.

Achieving the garden you're after and maintaining it however are two different things, and key to maintaining your desired garden is having the right garden appliances available - and in full working condition. Unfortunately, general wear and tear combined with irregular / poor maintenance can result in your appliances developing faults.

Below, are 3 of the most common garden appliance faults you're likely to experience this summer - as well as solutions to rectifying them for little outlay.

Lawnmower - A Blunt Blade:

The lawnmower blade may seem like a strong component of your mower, but it is susceptible to damage. The most common cause of damage to your lawnmower blade is it becoming blunt due to coming into contact

Building Garden Character With Garden Gnomes and FountainsYour dwelling place does not have to end within the confines of your home but it can go beyond that, into the outside. Taking your home and sanctuary outdoors can provide your own personal relaxation spot. Gardening has always been one of my passions and giving color with variations of flowers has always made a great place of serenity. However, when I began adding special tweaks of garden gnomes and fountains plus decor, it heightened that relaxation environment times ten.

I enjoy the personalities of garden gnomes and all of the attention my garden receive when friends, family and bystanders give as they try to decipher what my gnomes are doing and what I was thinking. My gnome is sitting on his toilet reading the newspaper while others poses to smell the roses. The ones that draw the birds in to feed from their bowls, it's amazing how you notice all the little creatures, the sounds and lifestyles from this scenery. Most will always give a positive feedback as I enjoy the peaceful environment I have created.

If there is ever

Growing a Vegetable Garden Can Be FunI know what you're thinking: gardening is too hard, it takes too much time, and how can anyone like me go about growing a garden when I know nothing about the subject? This is most people's view on gardening, and is completely wrong! Gardening is easy and anyone can do it!

Imagine needing to make a salad, and walking out to your garden where you have fresh lettuce growing. You pick a head of lettuce, get it washed, and then realize you need some more ingredients.

Back out to the garden you pick some tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, onion, and peppers as well. Throwing this in your salad, you realize you are eating the tastiest salad you have ever had in your life! This is because you are growing the highest quality of fruits and vegetables, as well as getting it as fresh as possibly can be!

How to Start a Garden

But how can you start a garden? It's simple! All you need is a spot of ground, some water, seeds, and some determination.

Start with tilling your garden.

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Vegetable Garden LocationThe selection of a suitable site on which to establish the vegetable garden requires considerable thought, for an ill-chosen spot can be a great handicap in the beginning. The average home gardener has little choice because of the relatively small size of urban plots but several points must be considered if the outlay of seed, fertilizer, manure and labor is to show profitable returns.

Level ground with good drainage or ground with a slight slope is just about ideal. If the ground is on a slight slope make the slope even by filling in any depressions with soil taken from obvious high spots otherwise some plants will suffer from excess moisture while others, a few feet away, suffer from the lack of it. It is difficult to obtain an even stand of seedlings on uneven ground, for germination is always patchy.

If the only ground is on a moderate to steep slope it will be necessary to construct a number of bench terraces to conserve soil and moisture. The grade of the slope will determine the number of terraces necessary. Moderate slopes need two or