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Ouch – Mind That Spike!

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Cacti and Succulents have evolved all over the world to live in areas of low rainfall. They also produce some quite stunning flowers, in some cases the flower head is up to a foot across. These plants know how to store water efficiently. Overall, there are between 7,000 and 9,000 different varieties and this means that they are a fabulous… Read more »

A CASE OF THE WILTS

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Dear Top Gardening Friends Checking the e-mailbag and the electronic pile of tweets that we receive here at @Toporganicguru  will show that at this time of year, with the sun shining in most places and big bowls of salad replacing stodgy meals, people are concerned with their tomatoes. We have all planted the seeds in the early spring and then… Read more »

STARTING WITH ORGANIC VEGETABLES

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Dear Top Gardening Friends Quite naturally, when you first start your organic garden, you will want to see results as quickly as possible, and as easily as possible as well. So, once you have worked with your soil to make sure that it is in prime condition to start growing, I have listed a few different types of vegetables that… Read more »

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN’T GARDEN!

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Dear Top Gardening Friends For those of you who are nervous of venturing into the world of the gardener for fear of making mayhem and leaving a trail of wilting plants behind you, consider these options: Here are Five Easy Care Tough Plants! Ivy (Hedera helix ‘Goldheart’) A variegated ivy which likes the sun and well drained soil: choose plain… Read more »

HEAVENLY HERBS

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Dear Top Gardening Friends My last post talked about creating a cottage garden, which can include a range of herbs. Many of us will grow herbs for their culinary use, however they can be grown for pot-pourri, medicinal or even ornamental reasons.If you have children and a small space in the garden, then encourage them to plant and look after… Read more »

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

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Dear Top Gardening Friends There are several considerations that you need to take into account when you are planning your organic gardening area, and using paper and a pencil can be a huge help here. If you have access to standard graph paper, this is ideal because the first thing you need to draw is a plan of the area… Read more »

PERFECT TOOLS FOR THE JOB

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Dear Top Gardening Friends To get started with organic gardening, there are a few basic tools and supplies that you need. However, because organic gardening is no different to the non-organic variety apart from the fact that there are no chemicals involved, the tools and supplies that you need to get started can be kept fairly basic. You can then… Read more »

ROTATION IS A GOOD THING!

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Dear Top Gardening Friends Although it is likely that if you live in a temperate clime, you will start planting and sowing in the spring, it is not necessarily the only time that you will be planting because depending upon where you live, it is possible to plant two or three crops every year. For example, you might start with… Read more »

PROTECTING YOUR PLOT FROM THE ELEMENTS

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Dear Top Gardening Friends If sunshine is something that your garden must have, then too much wind is exactly the opposite, something that you really don’t need. Excessive wind can easily damage your plants or blow them over in an extreme case, so if you live somewhere that is notoriously windy, you need to think about how you can offset… Read more »

WATERING YOUR ORGANIC PLOT

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Dear Top Gardening Friends You will need to think about water and how you are going to get it to the area of your garden where you’re planning to grow your organic produce. Whilst you can carry buckets up and down the garden to water the plants if necessary, doing so is hard work and tedious, so it is something… Read more »