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Epsom Salts benefits your garden

Magnesium sulphate is beneficial in many ways. 1. Prevent transplant shock by sprinkling 1 teaspoon around your newly transplanted plant and water well. Also helps with the germination of seeds. 2. Yellow leaves indicate a magnesium deficiency in the soil so add 1 Tablespoon for every 30 cm of plant height and do this once a month. 3. Remove a tree stump by drilling holes in the stump and filling them with Epsom Salts and it will slowly start breaking down the stump. 4. Leaf Curl is another sign of deficiency in the soil.
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Planting bare rooted Aloes successfully

If you have been given an Aloe that has been dug out of the ground, do leave it on top of the soil so that the roots can dry out for at least a week.When planting some of the old roots should be visible above the ground so don't plant it too deep. Water well after planting and then wait 3 weeks in summer and 2 months in winter before watering again. If your Aloe is not making progress dig it up carefully and leave it in the shade of a tree, lying on its side for a month before replanting. Don't plant it too deep and don't over water. Follow the watering guidelines.
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Why plant indigenous?

Why Plant Indigenous Indigenous is trendy as there is a worldwide swing towards organics and planting local species. • Indigenous plants (sometime also called native plants) are plants that have evolved over thousands of years in a particular region. They have adapted to the geography, hydrology, and climate of that region. These plants occur in communities, that is, they have evolved together with other plants. As a result, a community of indigenous plants provides habitat for a variety of native wildlife species such as birds and butterflies.
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Dealing with weeds

When starting a new flower bed one can put down a large sheet of plastic and cut out the plastic in the places where you want to plant trees and shrubs. One can then cover the plastic with mulch, gravel, pebbles or wood chips. They say that if you plant close together then the weeds are crowded out. A thick layer of mulch will deter weed growth and will also provide structure and fertilizer to your soil. If you have weeds growing in the garden then digging them out individually is far better then digging over the soil in the bed as this brings new weed seed to the surface.
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Garlic spray

This spray will deter insects and can also be used on Powdery Mildew. Simply grind 2 whole garlic bulbs, not 2 little cloves and add to 2 cups of boiling water. Let it steep overnight. Strain through cheese cloth into 3.5 liters of water and add 1T liquid dishwasher. This can be stored in the fridge for a whole summer. It's referable to spray in the morning and the late afternoon.
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Water saving ideas

The most efficient way to water is using a drip system which is on a timer and which works at night, except in the winter. During the winter be sure to only water in the mornings. We all forget that the sprinkler is on, so either install a timer that will switch off the water, or set a timer on your phone or watch. A watering can is a sensible way to water newly planted seed or plants as you will then know exactly how much water you are giving the plants. Gardeners love to fleetingly water the top 2 cm of soil and this will evaporate very quickly.
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Black spots on Vachellia/ Acacia xanthophloea bark

Unfortunately this fungal disease is rather common on Fever Trees. The fungus has been identified as a rust, similar to Uromyces. The suggestion is to totally spray the trunks with triazole type fungicides. (Defender or Bumper 30 ml per 100 L water) Probably the most popular treatment is a total drench with Trichotec --- Trichoderma spp. A living fungi that is antagonistic to many other pathogenic fungi. After the drench it is essential to cover as much of the treated trunk with newspaper to shield the Trichoderma from ultra violet light for a few weeks.
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The meaning of flower colours

Red flowers send a clear message of love and passion while orange flowers offer happiness and joy. Pink flowers combine innocence, playfulness and sensitivity. Yellow flowers represent friendship, trust, compassion and respect and blue flowers have a calming effect and are associated with serenity. Purple flowers symbolize charm, grace, elegance and refinement while white flowers are associated with purity, honesty, perfection and innocence.
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