Monthly Archives: April 2015

  1. Quick guide to lawn maintenance

    Quick guide to lawn maintenance

    Most gardeners will agree that keeping a lawn in top condition requires proper planning; they will also tell you that, once they have a beautiful, healthy lawn as the centre piece of their garden, the feeling of satisfaction makes it worthwhile. We will look at some ideas and tips to help you be the envy of your neighbourhood, family and friends.

    General, regular lawn maintenance also means that prevention is indeed better than cure. Why wait until you see yellow/brown patches, why wait until moss has taken over? Be prepared, make sure you do the basics right and have a lawn to be proud of, year in and year out, by considering the following:

    Watering Your Lawn
    In summer it is best to water your lawn either early in the morning or early evening, since evaporation is unlikely at those times. Apart from temperature, soil type also plays a role: sandy areas will require more (and more regular) watering because of quicker draining, whereas clay or mi

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  2. 9 foods that you can re-grow from your kitchen

    9 foods that you can re-grow from your kitchen

    There is great satisfaction in re-growing veggies (also fruit!) from scraps. Following a few basic guidelines, you too can now watch as your foods regenerate themselves. Apart from the fact that you may save yourself (even small amounts of) money, it’s also fun to watch your effort turn into fine edibles for your table. Most of the following examples are not that hard to grow. So, look at our tips, roll up your sleeves and start farming your own produce, even from your kitchen! Remember to use fresh, not old scraps:

    Garlic Sprouts
    Wonderful when used fresh on baked/boiled potatoes, salads or stirred into scrambled eggs and pastas, garlic sprouts are grown from the garlic clove. All you need is a little water at the bottom of a cup; the windowsill is a perfect spot to leave it in. As easy as that! Place the clove (or whole bulb) in just enough water to touch the bottom of the cloves: soon enough the cloves will grow roots. Change the water every fe

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  3. Shed of the Year: An Update

    We’re just days away from the Shed of the Year Competition closing for entries for 2015 and the entries just keep pouring in. The competition is a fascinating chance to see how innovative and exceptional a garden shed can be and how it’s much more than a convenient outhouse for chucking your tools and gardening paraphernalia into.

    With just days until the competition closes on May 1st, there have been thousands of entries, showing some truly innovative and creative designs from across the country. The UK’s reputation as a nation of ‘Sheddies’ is only further enhanced with this competition which celebrates fun and imagination as well as true design and engineering prowess.

    Here we’re taking a look at all eight categories of shed in the competition and some of the best entries in the Eco Shed, Cabin and Summerhouses, Workshops and Studios and finally Pub Sheds categories.

    Eco Sheds

    With a focus on environmental factors and offerin

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  4. Nigel Clarke’s allergy gardening guide

    Nigel Clarke’s allergy gardening guide

    About Nigel Clarke

    Nigel works on both Foods Matter and Green Legacy Guernsey websites.  The foods matter website is an absolute must if you suffer from allergies and is run by the wonderful Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, who has also provided an article for Green Fingers. The article on Green Legacy Guernsey will help you get a  picture of how after about fifty years working with plants Nigel found himself writing  pointers on how to create an Allergy friendly garden. Another site recommended by Nigel is Safe Gardening. This website is the brainchild of Thomas Leo Ogren, whose latest book will provide you with everything you need to know on creating an allergy friendly garden which is now

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