Category Archives: Garden

Your garden is very important. Here are some gardening ideas for you.

Gardening Tips for July

Fried Egg Flower

I just received my monthly newsletter from the GardenShop, and in it they had a section called “July Gardening Guide”.

I thought I’d post those tips here, and encourage you to go pay their site a visit.

Of course, these tips relate to South Africa, so they may not be relevant to everybody.

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Did your weed killer not work properly?

Have you ever sprayed weed-killer and expected the weeds to die within a couple of days, only to see them carry on thriving?

There are 2 things that I have found may cause this:

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Lizards are my herb garden guardians

I’m not sure whether you like lizards or not, but I’m guessing you’d probably prefer not to find one in your house.

But, I have quite a few that live in the garden, and about 4 or 5 that live right in my herb garden.

Since they “moved in” (well, started their little family, because I’ve seen a few grow from tiny little things to quite large lizards), the number of unwanted bugs in my herb garden has DRAMATICALLY decreased.

At one point there were quite a few large ants that seemed to be taking over, especially over my basil tree, but now there are no ants to be seen. I’m not sure if lizards eat ants, or just keep them out, but I’m happy.

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Get rid of weeds in your grass

I’ve never noticed so many weeds in my lawn before!

I hope it’s not just my garden that’s affected, but it’s a REAL pain. Especially if you don’t have a gardener to do all the de-weeding for you.

So I went to the shops to try and find a weed killer that I can use in my lawn, that doesn’t kill the grass as well.
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Prevent cats pooping in my garden

I live in a complex with a couple of wandering cats, and I really want to stop the cats from using my flower beds as a litterbox.
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Rose Garden – Plot out and prepare the area

After my wife and I decided on the area where we were going to plant our rose garden, here are the steps I followed to prepare the area for planting:

Cut out and remove grass

I followed the same steps I used when creating the herb garden. Go check out what I did by reading the following articles:
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Creating a Rose Garden

Everybody loves roses, right? So I decided to add a rose garden to my garden. In the next few articles, I’ll show you what I did, and give you all the tips for caring for roses that I picked up from the Rose Garden specialist who sold me the roses.

As I write the articles, I’ll add a link to the bottom of this article as an index/reference point for all my Rose Garden articles… Perhaps bookmark this page so you can come back to it, and maybe see how my garden is going, as I plan on posting updates and lessons learned as I go along. Of course, if you have any of your own experiences, thoughts or ideas to share, please leave a comment.

Anyway, wish me luck. ;-)

Creating a rose garden and looking after roses

Rose Garden Article Index:

Rose Garden – Plot out and prepare the area
Rose Garden – Water, water, water
Rose Garden – Dig your hole and plant a rose
4 tips for caring for Roses

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Lawn Mowers

Lawn mowers are definitely a key tool in any gardeners kit. Or, should I say, lawn mowers are a key item in any lawn carer’s kit. There are a large variety of lawn mowers, and depending on your needs, there is sure to be one that suits you.

Riding Lawn Mowers

Pros:
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Get rid of Snails

Here is a quick list on how to get rid of snails. And no, eating the snails is not an option…
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Herb Garden in 24 hours

Want to know how to create a herb garden in 24 hours? Hopefully this series of articles will help you do this. Herbs are always a good thing to have in your garden. There are medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, and, of course, there are the spices. Sometimes it’s good to mix herbs and spice, especially if you enjoy that extra bit of flavour in your food…

Some reasons for growing a herb garden are:
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