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Dealing with summer heat - Darren Wogman Gets Gardening

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  While spring has been a very wet one this year, already plants are suffering from the summer heat, which leads to them not having enough water at their root systems. Water companies are maybe thinking about hosepipe bans and so how to use water efficiently and to benefit your garden is highly important.      Established large plants such as trees and shrubs are mostly ok. They have a greater spread of roots underground than there are branches, twigs and leaves about ground. There is a balance between the plant’s ability to draw water from the ground and the amount of growth attained above ground, and in a dry year, the growth rings of trees will be closer together than in wet years. Dendrochronology is the science of mapping tree rings from this data and tells us how the moisture has affected tree growth, enabling trees to be dated accurately. Plants can absorb nutrients only in soluble form, and in dry conditions the growth will slow down tremendously. A really good wat

Darren Wogman Gets Gardening - Looking Inside - The top tip for healthy indoor plants

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  This time I'm taking a break from the outside and am looking at what we have inside. Houseplants . These are often overlooked and under cared for. Houseplants are different from traditional gardening plants and are usually plants that originate from tropical climates. This means they are not very hardy, will die if left exposed to the chilly British air and also are probably used to a more humid environment. Overwatering Overwatering is the number one issue for houseplants. Many people enthusiastically bring home a pretty houseplant for the first time, and proceed to water it every day to keep it happy. While understandable, you're setting yourself for heartbreak and frustration. It is natural to assume that the one thing we know we have to do to plants should be done often, and the more often the better, but root rot is usually not fixable and will slowly kill your lovely plant. Under watering, on the other hand, can be fixed very easily. As a rule of a thumb, once a

Darren Wogman Gets Gardening - Preach to the converted! CrossPost from BBC 'Know your Plot'

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 Crosspost from BBC Whether you’re starting on your first garden or just want to tend a few pots on a patio or balcony, gardening can be daunting if you’ve never done it before. But don’t worry – our Gardening for Beginners series will give you everything you need to get started. We’ll explain everything you need to know about the basics of gardening, including the different plant types, how to plant and how to look after your plants. We’ll also explain the basics of seed sowing, give advice on what to do when things go wrong, and even explain those tricky Latin names (which aren’t as complicated as you might think). Gardening for beginners – 10 tips In this first part of the series, we’ll show you how to assess your outside space. Every garden is unique, with its own set of conditions, and if you can get to know these well, you’re well on your way to becoming a good gardener. Although its tempting to rush out to the garden centre and buy lots of plants that catch your

Darren Wogman Gets Gardening - A Guide to Herbs at Home

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 Darren Wogman Gets Gardening - A Guide to Herbs at Home Herbs are a great addition to any garden, no matter what the size. They provide an ongoing mix of scents and colours and tend to produce all year round. They're simple to cultivate and trim, for your own use. These plants have such varied uses. You can cultivate them for cooking or keep them in place to act as attractive shrubs or borders in your garden. Woody herbs like Thyme and Rosemary will do well outdoors in most climates, while tender herbs like parsley or basil may be better suited to a window box or something with much more shelter and protection from the elements. The nice thing about herb growing is that you can place them in purpose-built herb or vegetable gardens as well as in raised potting or flower beds. Herbs also do very well in pots and this may be a better option for people with limited planting space. Growing in pots also prevents the plants from getting too out of control and allows them to be moved arou

Darren Wogman gets Gardening - Top 10 Gardening Tips for Beginners

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  Gardening Tips for Beginners Wondering How-to Start A Garden? Find Your Confidence With These Expert Gardening Tips for Beginners.   Never Gardened Before? No Problem. Make Your Grow-You-Own Dreams A Reality With These 10 Easy-To-Follow Tips. 1. Start it right. Starting a garden is just like finding a house, it's all about location location location. Mark out your growing areas in a part of your garden where you'll see it regularly (out of sight, out of mind definitely applies to gardening!). That way, you'll be much more likely to spend time in it and enjoy using it. 2. Follow the sun. Misjudging sunlight is a common pitfall when you're first learning to garden. Pay attention to how sunlight moves through your garden before choosing a spot for to plant. Most edible botany, including many vegetables, herbs, and fruits, need at least 6 hours of sun in order to really thrive and produce well. 3. Stay close to water. One of the best gardening tips you'll e

Darren Wogman Gets Gardening - 7 Super Foods You Can Grow in Your Garden

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  Superfoods are nutritionally dense plant-based foods containing high levels of vitamins and minerals — and they’re a great source of antioxidants and provide your body with protection against cell damage, disease and ageing.  While most of these foods can be purchased at farmers' markets, health food shops and the supermarket, you can also grow many of them in your own garden.   Blueberries Blueberries are among the most popular superfoods. They’re packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids (which help protect from oxidative stress ). In fact, the anti-inflammatory properties in blueberries can help lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. They’re also a great source of dietary fibre and Vitamin C. Research shows blueberries can also improve cognitive function. A study from the University of Cincinnati found these superfoods enhance memory and learning function in older adults. The research showed that a high intake of flavonoids from blueberries can reduce t

Darren Wogman Gets Gardening - Which Plants Should You Choose - And How To Pick Them

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Ultimately, it all comes down to your garden, its local environment and microclimate. How much direct sun is there? Is there shelter from the elements? Perhaps a wall or overhang? Pick in the right spots for the right plants is critical. Plants that have a vigorous growth habit, that is to say, they are quick growers will need plenty of sunshine and water. Often, they will need a fair amount of deep soil so that they're able to lay down good, strong roots both for anchorage and to provide adequate water and nutrients. One way to keep these plants in check can be to use pots. Plants confined to pots are physically unable to spread and take over your garden. However, care should be taken to ensure that the roots don't get compacted. This can impact on growth, but is only really an issue for large rooted plants like trees. Fruit-producing plants will also need plenty of sun, and water. Sunshine is like fuel for plants, without it, they won't be able to generate the energy need