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Gardening Tips

Watering Plants
Make sure that you give plants a really good drink when watering in the garden. A short watering encourages the roots to develop closer to the surface of the soil, making the plant less drought tolerant and more susceptible to be rocked by the wind.

Fertiliser For Free
You can use stinging nettles to make your own fertliser as they make an excellent liquid feed. Place the stinging nettles in a bucket of water for around a month or until they have rotted down. The nettles produce a really foul smelling dark green liquid. The liquid is very strong and must be diluted 1 part fertiliser to 10 parts water before being fed to plants.

Collect Rainwater For Use In The Garden
If you have a dehumidifier or air conditioning unit, which collects the water this can be used to water houseplants as, can water from defrosting a fridge or freezer. This is distilled water. Water remaining after boiling eggs can be cooled and used to water plants, as this is high in nutrients as is the dirty water taken from a fish tank.

Don’t over-water your lawn as this encourages the roots to find the surface and can weaken growth. Sprinklers are wasteful as they use as much water in one hour as a family of four uses in one day.

When watering your garden, remember that plants under a heavy tree canopy may have water deflected away from them. They also are competing with the tree for water and nutrients so you may need to water and fertilize on a different schedule than with plants that have a full “sky” exposure.

Sowing Seeds
If you are sowing small seeds, a good trick is to mix the packet of seeds with silver sand or wallpaper paste before sowing into a seed tray or pot. This will provide a much better distribution of seeds and make it easier to prick out seedlings.

Lawn Care
For a better-looking lawn, by mowing it in two different directions i.e. diagonally or horizontally and vertically you get a more attractive lawn. Before mowing, always remove fungi from the lawn to stop the spread of the spores.

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