Showing posts from March, 2021

Dealing with summer heat - Darren Wogman Gets Gardening

  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 - 7 Super Foods You Can Grow in Your Garden

  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