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15 Tropical Plants you can Easily Grow at Home

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15 Tropical Plants you can Easily Grow at Home

If you’re looking to add some colour and greenery to your home, tropical plans can be a great place to start. While not all species are suitable for life indoors, there are plenty of options that are relatively easy to care for, as we’ve detailed here. 1. Amazon Elephant’s Ear These popular tropical plants are both common and unique. With their large, arrow-like green leaves, embellished with silver, many describe them as regal. Unlike a number of Alocasia species, they are in fact extremely easy to grow inside and can be an asset to...

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7 Tips on How to Save Water in your Garden

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7 Tips on How to Save Water in your Garden

Just as we would save water in the home, it is important to conserve it in the garden too. Why? Firstly, to save money (especially if like 40% of the population, you are on a water meter) and secondly, because when in high demand, an astounding 70% of our water supply can be used to quench our gardens’ thirst alone. Here we have listed seven ways to minimise the use of water in our gardens. 1. Water at the right time A large number of us are prone to over-watering our gardens. Asides from being extremely wasteful, it also means we are putting...

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Morning Glory Plant

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Morning Glory Plant

Morning Glory Plant, one of September’s birth flowers, boast slender stems, trumpet-shaped flowers and heart-shaped leaves. They’re annual climbers and come in a range of beautiful colours, including magenta, pink, white and purple-blue. They’re often described as romantic flowers because of their old-fashioned charm, pretty shape and sweeping tendrils that unfold in the sunshine. There’s certainly something magical about these plants, which hold their name bplantsecause they bloom early in the morning before closing as the light fades. This...

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Garden Helpers – Best Plants for Pollination

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Garden Helpers – Best Plants for Pollination

Even our gardens need a little help from Mother Nature every now and again, so read on to learn more about the best plants for pollination… Aster x frikartii In early summer to autumn, butterflies often sunbathe as they feed on these perennial daisy-like blooms. Laden with pollen and nectar, they are tremendously popular with a wide range of different insects. Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) Boasting a series of slender cones, each sprouting an abundance of flowers in both the spring and summer time, the Butterfly Bush is not only a great...

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How to grow chrysanthemums in your garden

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How to grow chrysanthemums in your garden

Are you getting your garden ready for the coming autumn months? Then chrysanthemums are a must have, they are absolute show stoppers during this time of the year. To get you started on turning your garden into a thing of beauty this autumn, here is how to plant and grow your chrysanthemums. First thing’s first though – what type of chrysanthemum are you planting? There are thousands to choose from, including: Single – long, daisy like petals Decorative – large with many rows of petals Cushion – aptly named for its medium sized cushion-shaped...

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5 Tried and Tested Bug Repellents

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5 Tried and Tested Bug Repellents

No garden is completely free from pests and disease – fungal infections, caterpillars and beetles are just part and parcel of having a garden. Fortunately for us green fingered gardeners, we can fight back against these predators without risking our own health (or that of our family and plants). We also don’t need to spend a fortune on nasty chemical insect repellents either. Simply changing the way we take care of our garden can do the trick. Let’s find out how with theses five tried and tested ways to banish those bugs! 1. Know your plants...

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10 Tips from National Gardening Week

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10 Tips from National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week 13 – 19 April With spring finally here, it’s time to get those green fingers out and get gardening! The sun has finally graced us with its presence so make the most of it and get out into your garden and prepare it for this year’s bloom! In light of the change in season, it’s an exciting month for your garden and according to National Gardening Week there are ten jobs you should be doing this month: Be sure to keep your weeds under control Be careful to protect any fruit blossoms from late frosts Tie in climbing...

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4 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

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4 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

Let’s admit it. No matter how green your fingers may be, we are all prone to making a few common mistakes. Contrary to popular belief, there is a science to gardening and it’s important to get it right to ensure your lawn IS the best in the town. So, roll up your sleeves and read on! 4 Gardening mistakes to avoid 1. Starting out too big Something you might be guilty about too. We’ve all seen those fantastic images in the gardening magazines or shows. Every plant looks like a supermodel of the plant world, with their perfect green leaves...

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5 Simple Mistakes that Can Kill your Plants

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5 Simple Mistakes that Can Kill your Plants

If you’re thinking of getting your green fingers out and planting some gorgeous blooms in your garden it’s essential that you do your research first. No one wants to spend money on plants that you don’t know how to look after – because, well, they eventually die. We all kill our plants from time to time due to misjudgment or a busy schedule meaning and as a gardener this can be difficult to come to terms with. To help you we have listed the five most common mistakes gardeners make that lead to plants dying – and how to fix them. 1. Planting...

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Caring for Flowers Year Round

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Caring for Flowers Year Round

Flowers can bring beauty to gardens and homes all year long. With knowledge of proper care and the fortitude to stick with it, anyone up to the challenge can have a yard brimming with colorful blossoms. Each new season brings with it new duties related to caring for flowers. Each new season brings opportunities for new varieties of blossoms, as well. Fall and winter may not be the time of year most people think of when flowers are mentioned, but cool-season prep is key to a spring and summer of beautiful blossoms. Fall is the time to plant...

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Flowers and Bees: All about Honey

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Flowers and Bees: All about Honey

A honeybee flitting among flowers in a garden may be a typical summer sight. As common as this is, an important process is occurring through the work of the honeybees. Flowering crops such as nuts, fruits, and vegetables are dependent on pollination to continue their life cycle. Honeybees are involved in the pollination of about three-quarters of the flowering crops in the United States. This service amounts to the pollination of about $14 billion worth of crops every year in the United States. Some plants self-pollinate, meaning that they do...

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Butterfly Flower Gardens

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Butterfly Flower Gardens

Humans aren’t the only creatures who appreciate gardens. Butterflies do, too. A butterfly flower garden contains special plants that provide food for a butterfly to eat during all stages of its life. These gardens give butterflies a safe place to live and grow. There are many different types of butterflies in the world. Before creating a butterfly garden, learn about this insect’s life cycle and the types of plants it likes to eat. Life Cycle of the Butterfly There are four stages in the life cycle of a butterfly. It starts out as...

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January Gardening Tips

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January Gardening Tips

Whilst many of us are still recovering from the festive season of December – there will be some enthusiastic gardeners out there keen to get back to their gardens. With new seed leaflets coming through the post and the sun beginning to shine on the odd day – now is the time to get your green fingers out and put them to use. Here are some tips for getting back in the garden in January. 1. Order your seeds First things first – order your seeds for the upcoming year. Most gardeners love this activity – but be sure to pick wisely. It is important...

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10 Plants to Plant in Autumn & Winter

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10 Plants to Plant in Autumn & Winter

What flowers should you plant in autumn/winter? It is that time of year again; shorter days and longer nights. As we bid farewell to the summer it is important to begin planting the perfect plants and bulbs to carry us through autumn and winter. For the best look it is important to do a little forward planning and ensure that the plants you choose can survive the harsh winter weather. If you are unsure as to which plants will thrive during the cold months, here is a list of the top ten. 1. Crocus Crocuses are best known for their ability to...

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The Basic Gardening Guide

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The Basic Gardening Guide

When we are gardening it is important to understand the best methods of preventing slug damage, what flowers last the longest and what to do with unripe vegetables in the autumn. Therefore, here is a compiled list of hints and tricks to help you make the most of your garden. Flowering plants Autumn is the perfect time of year for gathering seeds. However, it is important that all seeds gathered and stored are completely dry; damp ones will simply rot. All seeds should be kept in a cool, dry place to prevent any damage being caused to them....

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10 Best Gardening Gadgets

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10 Best Gardening Gadgets

Gardening just got hi-tech! With new gadgets coming to the market every year, gardeners are spoiled with choice when it comes to the latest trends for their green hobby. We searched for the most popular and practical ones and these 10 made it to our list! Which one would you love to have at home and why? Leave a comment below. 1. Husqvarna Automower Put you feet up and watch this little miracle tackle all manner of garden gradients! This leaves an almost undetectable trail and will rerun to base when it is in need of a recharge. One little...

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Are you a Better Chef than Gardener? Grow your Own Herbs!

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Are you a Better Chef than Gardener? Grow your Own Herbs!

Among all the pleasures that come with the summer, perhaps one of the most enjoyable is growing your own herbs. The sheer difference is the burst of fresh taste compared to that of dried herbs is astounding. Even better is that the cost per harvest is minimal compared to the small bunches of refrigerated herbs sold in grocery stores. Read on for some easy tips on growing your own herbs. Your family and dinner guests will love you for it! Parsley Parsley is an incredibly versatile herb to use in cooking and it can be grown indoors all year...

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10 Easiest Flowers to Grow

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10 Easiest Flowers to Grow

Does your neighbor’s garden burgeon with colour, and their containers drip with flowers while yours look brown and crispy? Are you struggling to bring your garden back to life? The fact is, some flowers may be easier to grow than others and require less care! Here is a list of 10 different flowers which are easy to grow and are guaranteed to make your garden look bright and cheerful! 1. Sunflowers Very easy to grow from sunflower seeds, just find a sunny, sheltered spot and watch them grow! Don’t forget to provide some support...

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Horticulture and Botany Careers Guide

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Horticulture and Botany Careers Guide

An individual who is interested in working with plant life has a lot of options when it comes to choosing a career. For instance, if a student is interested in learning about the diseases of plants, then a career as a plant pathologist would be worthy of consideration. A creative individual who has a talent for planting flowers and trees in an aesthetically appealing way may want to look at the occupation of landscape architect. The following contains details regarding several career options in the fields of horticulture and botany. Plant...

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Flower Inspirations: Container Gardens, Arrangements and More

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Flower Inspirations: Container Gardens, Arrangements and More

Container Gardens One new idea or approach that gardening enthusiasts can try their hand at is the concept of container gardens. Container gardening is the tactic of growing one’s plants solely in containers instead of planting them right into the ground. Container gardening makes use of pots that are made out of plastic and terracotta; and window boxes, which are nothing more than planter boxes put out to show off flowers, can also be employed for container gardening. Sometimes, container gardening is utilized for gardening that is...

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Garden treasures – where do butterflies come from?

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Garden treasures – where do butterflies come from?

The butterfly goes through transformation in order to become the beautiful creature we are used to seeing everyday. The butterfly starts the first phase of transformation from an egg. Not every species of butterfly will lay the same amount of eggs. Each egg measures between one and two millimeters. Once the female butterfly readies to lay her egg, the larvae will hatch and then eat the host plant to grow. The female butterfly secretes a sticky fluid that allows the larvae to remain attached to the host plant until its completely consumed....

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Flower Resources – Benefits of a Green House

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Flower Resources – Benefits of a Green House

Greenhouses, also referred to as glasshouses, are buildings in which plants are grown, ranging in size from small sheds to commercial-size buildings. The general idea of growing plants in an environmentally-controlled area has been around since the time of the Romans. The first modern greenhouses were built during the 13th century in Italy to house exotic plants obtained by explorers in the tropics. They were known as botanical gardens. The greenhouse concept swept across the Netherlands and into England. In the 1960s, greenhouse structures...

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