Archive for February, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Allotment Diary : The Allotment & Polytunnel on June 3rd

www.allotment-diary.co.uk Just a quick 2 minute tour of the Allotment plot and polytunnel as of June 3rd to see how things are growing. Things arestarting to grow with the sunny weather but I really need some rain. A quick look inside the polytunnel and what’s growing. Carrots,lettuce,beetroot,peas,leeks,onions,garlic,shallots,cabbages,pumpkins,parsley,corriander,rocket,,potatoes.

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Allotment Diary : The Allotment & Polytunnel on June 3rd

PostHeaderIcon Plastic Garden Planters

Planters are not just for indoor gardeners. If you have an outdoor garden, you can also use planters for their various advantages. Planters make it a breeze when you need to move your plants around to catch more sunlight during certain times of the day. Besides the functional aspect, planters can also be an aesthetic piece in your garden. There are many different types of planters available in the nursery. Here, I’ll be focusing on plastic planters in this article.

Plastic offers strength, durability and mobility to your garden planters. They also have the added benefits of being able to deal with water and sunlight without deteriorating.

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Plastic Garden Planters

PostHeaderIcon Gardening Tools – What To Buy, How To Choose?

As with all types of work, the right tools will make your job much easier, and this fact holds true for gardening as well. Gardeners tend to have many gardening tools but some tools are definitely more useful than others and which the gardener just cannot do without.

Here are some gardening tools that will definitely make a difference to your gardening efforts.

1. Shovels

Shovels have either a round or pointed blade. They make a gardener’s job in moving soil, digging holes much easier. In selecting garden shovels, do try to get those that have a flat edge at the top of the blade. This will enable you to have better footing when using it.

2. Hoes

Weeds and gardens go hand in hand. It is almost impossible not to have weeds growing in the garden. Hoes can help you to remove weeds. You can also use hoes to loosen the soil, if necessary. When you’re shopping for a hoe, look for one that has a rolled steel blade that is riveted to the handle. Such hoes are stronger and more reliable.

Hoes with a smaller blade will allow you to get between the plants, if necessary, to eliminate the weeds.

3. Trowels

A trowel is a tool that is indispensable when you’re doing planting. Durability is key when looking for a trowel. Go for those that have a steel blade. Trowels with soft rubber handle offers better grip. It pays to get ergonomically designed trowels if you have the tendency to work long hours in your garden. Well-designed trowels will alleviate the stress off your wrist and helps to reduce strains and lethargy.

4. Rakes

Rake will help to remove all fallen leaves from your garden and also allows you to collect all the debris that gets collected in the garden. There are two types of rakes – narrow rake and wide rake. Narrow rakes are easier to maneuver between the plants, while a wide rake allows you to remove the fallen leaves much faster and easier. Hence, it is good if you own both types of rakes in your garden. Do remember to get rakes with ergonomic handles.

5. Pruners

Pruners are essential gardening tools that no gardeners can do without. Pruners do not rip or tear the plant; they are used whenever gardeners need to shape a plant. As this is an ongoing task throughout the year, you should invest in a good pruner to have a cleaner cut on your plants.

Generally, there are two types of pruners available in the market – the anvil pruners and bypass pruners. As pruners are not cheap, it is advisable to do your homework before making the purchase.

6. Garden Forks

Garden fork is the best tool for breaking up the garden soil. Garden fork differs from a pitch fork in that it is thicker and shorter. Opt for those with square tines instead of flat tines. You can even use a garden fork instead of a spade if it is of suitable size and shape.

7. Water cans

A good watering can is a necessity in every garden. Watering plants is made easier if you have a good watering can. Go for watering cans that can be easily tilted, maneuvered and balanced in your hand.

There are many different types of gardening tools but these are the more popular and essential ones. If you have these tools, you will find that gardening is so much easier and you will enjoy your hobby even more.

PostHeaderIcon Allotment Diary : The Allotment ,Giant Pumpkin & Polytunnel on July 6th

www.allotment-diary.co.uk Just a quick 2 minute tour of the Allotment plot and polytunnel as of July 6th to see how things are growing. Things are starting to grow with the sunny weather but I really need some rain. A quick look inside the polytunnel and what’s growing. Carrots,lettuce,beetroot,peas,leeks,onions,garlic,shallots,cabbages,pumpkins,parsley,corriander,rocket,,potatoes.

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Allotment Diary : The Allotment ,Giant Pumpkin & Polytunnel on July 6th

PostHeaderIcon Why You Should Plant Heirloom Seeds

Do you know why “heirloom seeds” are more superior? The term “heirloom” implies that something has been saved for many years and passed down through the generations unchanged. This is what makes a seed an heirloom; it has remained unhybridized for many (possibly hundreds) of years. Heirloom seeds are the only type of seed that you can keep for re-planting the following year. This allows you to plant a garden year after year with little to no expenditure. There is no need to ever spend money on seeds again. If you were to save hybrid seeds, they may be affected with a Terminator gene, causing them to be sterile.

Heirloom fruits and vegetables have better nutritional integrity. Most of the vegetables and fruits that we see in the grocery stores maybe grown from hybrid seeds or are GMO foods and lack the nutrients that we need. This is because fruits and vegetables are often bred to have qualities that are desirable to marketers, but compromise their nutritional content.

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