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The first signs of spring send flurries of excitement through any gardener.

The self-imposed hiatus has not been for lack of desire. Oddly it’s due to the lack of garden. For the past 12 months, or so, our attention has been directed to renovations: a self-contained studio for our eldest son – eventually guests, kitchen makeover, home theater for the teenagers and more to come.
The first signs of spring send flurries of excitement through any gardener. (C) garussell11
But our outdoor areas and gardens – sacrificed for progress sake – are about to take on some renovations of their own. I’m planning to start sharing some of these areas with you over the coming months and hope you’ll join me as we landscape and create.
As Spring has arrived and the rays of sunshine filter through the weakening clouds reasons not to be in garden are equally thinning. It’s a promising time of year and who can refuse the scents of nature?
This post came from Gardening Tips ‘n Ideas – Gardening tips and advice.
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Sun, Sep 08, 2013
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One of the most common beliefs by our generation is that cockroaches were the only living creature that could survive a nuclear holocaust. Fortunately, in terms of cockroach control, that belief is just an urban legend.
It’s fortunate because if radiation wasn’t even able to destroy these critters then what chance do we, as home gardeners, have in keeping them under control.
Cockroach control in your garden stops them from entering your home
Humans have a special emotion reserved for cockroaches, and it’s something which manages to combine the raw fear of these ugly creatures with a special sort of hateful avoidance. Upon the sight of just one cockroach, most people start heading for the hills and buying every insect or pest prevention product on the market. Outdoor gardens, however, are a bit of a unique situation.
The indoor products used to prevent and kill cockroaches can also kill outdoor plants. While it’s nice to have eliminated the cockroach threat, the dead garden is a drag, and it won’t enhance a home’s appeal very much. Special outdoor solutions promote cockroach control in the garden and prevent new cockroaches from showing their hard-shelled faces in the future, as well.
Diatomaceous Earth and the Plight […]

Wed, Jul 11, 2012
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Killing Plants

As a self-confessed novice gardener, Michelle Sander claims she has “The Art of Killing Plants” down pat. But, like most gardeners, killing plants isn’t the supreme domain of ludites.
Killing Plants Doesn’t Take Much Skill
If we were truly honest, even the most experienced and knowledgeable gardeners have probably killed a few plants of their own. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take the skill of an assassin to put a plant to sleep forever. A little neglect. A little lack of TLC. Even life becoming busier than normal can render any of your prized plants DOA.
For me, this year hasn’t been about killing plants for the reasons I’ve mentioned above. Sadly, this year has seen many of my plants sacrificed for progress’ sake. We’re renovating.
And in order to renovate, plants, garden beds, veggie patches, mature trees even, had to pay the ultimate price. While most of this will be replaced once our renos are complete it’s little comfort to see established gardens destroyed.
So, many of my plants have been moved into containers and these are where the real killing fields begin. The reason: I’m not that great at remembering to water each day. While I have automatic reticulation through the garden beds and lawns, […]

Wed, Jul 04, 2012
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Growing Lemongrass

Growing lemongrass is not difficult, but it needs moist soil, light and warmth to grow outdoors. Some growers plant it in light shade or dappled sunlight, and some in full sun. The leaves are thicker in full sun and long and thin in shade. It’s a matter of preference.
Growing Lemongrass Means You Will Never Have To Buy It Again
Growing Lemongrass From a Stalk
Buy a stalk of lemongrass at an Asian market and put it in a clear glass container of water. It should sit in a well-lit place for roots to develop. Roots should sprout in a few days.
The stalk can be planted in a small pot with potting soil when the roots have grown a bit, and the soil should be kept moist to the touch, but not soaked. This can be done inside and the plant can grow a little before being planted in the garden.
The plant should be kept in a well-lit place after potting. When the frost warning has passed, if this is applicable, the plant can go outside into the garden and can be fertilised. Most growers use blood and bonemeal. This plant likes heat and humidity, so growing lemongrass in a hot climate is […]

Sat, Jun 30, 2012
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Michelle Obama

When wading through some gardening posts and articles yesterday, I came across this little gem from The Hollywood Gossip. Michelle starred on the Dave Letterman show and imparted some of her gardening wisdom.
Michelle Obama
As we are all very aware, Michelle is quite the gardening buff since she started the White House Vegie Patch. Obviously it’s going well if her gardening facts are anything to go by.
So, just sit back, take in a deep breath and knock these over one-by-one.
Gardening was invented in 1822 by Albert Gardener.
Plant avocados, tomatoes, onions and cilantro together and grow a guacamole tree.
Eggplants were originally cultivated for use as doorstops.
In his lifetime, the average American will eat half a radish.
The largest zucchini ever grown contained a Starbucks.
Later this year the Supreme Court will finally rule on “tomato” vs. “tomahto.”
If you have an actual green thumb, it might be scurvy.
Lettuce is 96 percent water and 4 percent lettuce.
The White House tool shed contains shovels, trowels and Weed Whacker One.
With enough care and effort you can grow your own Barack-oli.
Photo source: Tadias Magazine
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Wed, Jun 27, 2012
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Rototiller Rental

Should you consider a Rototiller rental or “bite the bullet” and buy one outright? Hopefully after reading this post you should have considered all the pertinent factors and make the right decision.
Hard, compacted soil is the bane of gardening projects. In order to thrive, plants need rich, fertile and well-turned soil. Turning the soil with a spade or shovel is a back-breaking and time-consuming affair. Motorized rototillers have heavy-duty tines that do the digging for you, making quick work of an otherwise labor-intensive task.
A Rototiller Rental May Be a Better Idea Than Buying One Outright
The perfect implement for preparing ground for planting, as well as for a variety of other garden tasks, is a tiller. A rototiller may seem like a must-have garden tool. Purchasing a tiller, however, requires a substantial investment. In many cases, rototiller rental is a better option. Careful consideration of several factors can help you determine whether it’s better to buy or rent a rototiller.
Consider Your Gardening Objectives
A tiller is an essential soil-preparation tool. If you’re preparing an area of your garden for planting, you’ll need to ensure that the soil is rich, loose and drainable. This not only promotes root growth but ensures that the […]

Sat, Jun 23, 2012
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Stop Cats Pooping

To stop cats pooping in the garden, you can use mechanical barriers, chemical or natural deterrents or sound repellents. Along with these three methods, employ diversionary or preventive tactics to stop cats pooping in the garden.
There Are Many Ways To STOP Cats Pooping in Your Garden
Cats can turn areas of soft soil and newly planted seedlings in the garden into an outdoor litter box. In addition to the unpleasant odor, cat waste and urine may damage plants. Because cats are meat eaters, their feces can harbor harmful pathogens passed on from birds, mice and other rodents.
Mechanical Barriers to Stop Cat Pooping
Because cats look for soft, loose soil to dig in, put wire mesh poultry netting over the soil. Plant your seedlings through the holes in the mesh. Cats don’t like to walk over the wire and they find the wire impossible to dig through.
Additional barrier methods include placing large, flat stones around the plants or using pebble mulch around the plants. Cats don’t like to dig in small stones, and the large flat rocks will minimize the amount of exposed soil. To stop cats from pooping in the garden, try to make the area as uninviting as possible by covering […]

Wed, Jun 20, 2012
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nuisance-gardener

When we consider whom a “nuisance gardener” may be we rarely lump ourselves in with this bunch of misfits. Instead it’s usually a term we save for our neighbour or pesky community member who annoys the bejeevers out of us. Yet it is conceivable that some of our garden activities may not endear us with the neighbours.
Are you a Nuisance Gardener
So, before we point the finger at those who “get under our skin” let’s take a quick look at some of those pesky activities to see whether we may – perish the thought! – be considered a nuisance gardener.
The Sunday-Morning-Mowing-Nuisance-Gardener
The most hideous of all nuisance gardeners is the noise nuisance. This individual has little, or no, concern for the well-being of neighbours and insists on using the mower/blower-vac/chainsaw or other power tool first thing Sunday morning. The only nuisance who rates higher than this is one who performs these similar activities on a bank holiday. Imagine the gall!
The Boundary-Hedge-Trimming-Nuisance-Gardener
Next, but not a distant second, is the gardener who takes joy in trimming their boundary hedges only to leave their neighbour’s prunings laying in situ. While the gardener’s side of the fence looks neat and manicured the neighbours now resembles […]

Wed, Jun 06, 2012
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landscape fabric

The idea behind landscape fabric is to provide a barrier against weeds and to protect your precious topsoil. In effect, the most natural way to keep your topsoil intact is to allow weed coverage. But if you intend planting an area out in the future the last thing you want to do is weed an area twice – or more.
Laying Landscape Fabric
Weed barriers come in all types and sizes. From the cheap and organic, that can eventually be turned back into your garden beds, to the more expensive landscape fabrics that can keep an area weed-free for years. It truly depends on which weed barrier option you require for any particular job.
So here are a list of weed barrier options to try in your garden.
Cardboard or Newspaper
Layers of cardboard or old newspaper provide a great organic option for reducing weeds. For newspaper it’s best to lay 5-10 sheets on top of each other directly onto your bare soil, pre-moistened so they sit flat, and then cover with a layer of sawdust or pea straw. The same can be done with cardboard but a single layer should suffice.
After 12 months or so, the cardboard or newspaper – along with the […]

Wed, May 30, 2012
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For those spacially-challenged gardeners who find living in their apartment borders on claustrophobic tendencies this may be the answer. Gizmodo have just posted How to Grow Your Own Little Hanging Garden Of Babylon using merely the window opening.
Gardening For Apartments With No Balconies
The idea allows gardeners to hoist their plants outside into the sunshine for maximum growth but easily reels back in so that the gardener can engage with the plants again. The three planters can be accessed to provide nutrients, allow the gardener to perform some pruning tasks and even pick produce if required.
For more information check out Treehugger’s article.
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Sun, May 13, 2012
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NO TRUER WORDS HAVE EVER BEEN SPOKEN

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Oh, Snoop..

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Bigger than my hand!

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Playing Diablo 2.. Gheed has his priorities.

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Picked up for the first time at my new Uni, you could say I’m pretty happy about it.

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New wooden ryot grinder!!!

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Help NORML get a pro-legalization commercial on the super-bowl!

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Guys I found an Ent at a renaissance festival

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Now I just have to figure out how to get this into a pipe.

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I never thought it would happen to me…

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I’ve been a member of this sub for a couple of years now, and many of you have shared stories of strangers or random GGG’s smoking you out and making your day. I never thought it would happen to me, but the other night it did.
My wife and I went to the movies on Wednesday night to see We’re the Millers for the last showing of the night. Since it was late, we were the only two in the theater, cool. A guy and his gf came in and walked up to find their seats. After a …read…

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