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April. What to do in your garden this month.

APRIL What should I be doing in my garden now? It’s tree planting time while the soil is still warm. It is a busy month in the garden. There is always something to keep you busy, whether it be planting bulbs, just tiding up or pruning hedges. Mulch, is a garden's best friend. Spread thick layers of compost or bark chips around trees and perennials, as this will suppress weeds, and protect the roots in the cooler months ahead. Don't worry to dig the mulch in, let the worms do it for you. Evergreens are the back bone of the garden,
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Caring for your New Garden

Keep all exposed soil well mulched to minimize water and nutrient loss by the sun. The mulch (3-5cm of leaves, dried grass cuttings and soft plant material) eventually turns into compost as an added bonus. Do not till the beds. It disturbs the beneficial micro-organisms of the soil. Loosen slightly if compacted after applying fertilizer and slightly dig in the yearly dose of compost if still warm. For the first month, water daily and water trees deeply twice a week. After that, generally water less frequently,
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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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Baking powder in the garden

There are many uses for baking powder in the garden. Take a tablespoon of baking powder and add to 3 litres of water. Use this as a fungicide, pesticide or herbicide in the garden. It also makes the soil alkaline. It helps to get the soil off your hands once you have finished gardening. Make a solution with of 3 teaspoons in 3 litres of water and use this water to clean bird baths, but don't forget to rinse them once you have scrubbed them clean. Pour some of this into ant holes and and wait a half an hour before pouring some vinegar into the same hole.
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