A Miscellany of Garden Wisdom: A Hybrid of Classic and by Isobel Carlson

By Isobel Carlson

You'll now not have the fairway palms or the assets to construct the placing Gardens of Babylon however it remains to be attainable to create a blossoming haven on your personal again backyard. This functional booklet publications you thru the mysteries of the seasons, with basic, easy-to-follow tips about how you can make your backyard develop. conflict the insects and the slugs, and plant, prune and dig your solution to own paradise.

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If the bulbs feel soft, chances are they are harbouring bulb fly lava. Don’t despair – a 60-second turn in the microwave will kill all the bugs, leaving you free to plant healthy bulbs. 50 50 24/08/2005 16:31:04 From the Beginning CHEER UP YOUR daffodils by mixing dry mustard with fertiliser when you plant the bulbs – they will turn an even brighter yellow! PLANT DAFFODIL BULBS before the end of October and tulips before the end of November. 51 51 24/08/2005 16:31:05 A Miscellany of Garden Wisdom CROCUSES LIKE SHADE so plant them in cool shady spots such as around tree bases or below hedges.

But make sure you leave an opening to access the compost without damaging the flowers! DON’T THROW AWAY your squeezy lemon juice container after pancake day – keep it in the greenhouse and refill with water for watering fragile baby seedlings drop by drop without damaging them. 48 48 24/08/2005 16:31:04 From the Beginning DON’T THROW AWAY empty seed packets. They will give you valuable information about plant height and spacing. WHEN SOWING SEEDS that you have not tried before, sow some in a separate pot to use as a reference.

Don’t bother with cow and pig manure – they’re sloppy and messy and haven’t really got much to offer. YOUR COMPOST PILE should be no smaller than one cubic metre, as this size pile will generate enough heat to decompose while still allowing for sufficient airflow. Invest in a compost thermometer from your local garden centre, and remember that the ideal temperature for effective composting is between 120° and 160° Fahrenheit. This heat is achieved when enzymes are effectively breaking down the molecules of the composting material.

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