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Tips and Advice

Gifts for gardeners.

Your garden loving friends would be delighted to receive any of the following gifts: packets of seed, note book and pen, hand cream and sun cream, a subscription to a gardening magazine, a gift voucher from their favourite nursery,earthworm composting bins, a rain gauge, a hammock or a weather station.

Winter tree pruning tips

Trees need to be pruned to protect against falling branches. If the trees have grown so tall that they are closes to overhead power lines, DO NOT be tempted to prune them. Call your service provider to do the job. Thinning out the crown of the tree allows more light and air flow. Remove all diseased branches and dead ones. To encourage height remove all the lower branches. Stand back and look at the shape of the tree and decide if there are any other unsightly branches that need to be removed.

Using baby powder in the garden.

1. Hares and beetles don't like walking on powder so sprinkle the perimeter of your garden beds. 2. Protect the roots from root rot by sprinkling them before planting. 3. Sprinkle on leaves to prevent beetles and worms from eating the leaves. 4. Sprinkle inside garden gloves as this will make it easier to get them off. 5. Sprinkle inside garden boots as this will also help to get them off more easily.

Vinegar in the garden

1. Mix half a cup of vinegar, quarter cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon syrup and 1 cup of water. Place in containers to attract flies which then drown in the liquid. 2. Soak a piece of cloth in vinegar and place on garden beds to keep pets off the garden. 3. Wash rusted tools in vinegar and dry well and spray with 'Spray and Cook' to protect them. 4. Scrub old clay pots with vinegar and they will look as good as new. 5. At the end of a session in the garden, soak your feet in vinegar water to clean them and relax tired muscles.

Pesticide using onion skins.

Save all your onion skins in the freezer until you have sufficient. Bring about 2 L of water to the boil and put the onion skins into the water. Once this has cooled, it can be put into a bucket and left in a warm spot for a week. Strain off the liquid and add some liquid soap and spray plants to prevent aphid attacks. Bury the bits of onion skin around the plants.


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