How to Create a Wooden Window Box Container


In this article, we will create a window box that acts as a wooden surround that will enclose a standard-sized plastic trough.  The aim is to have a wooden box that surrounds the plastic that can be adapted to your own personal preference.

In a previous article, I have discussed how to create a wooden container using tongue and groove cladding, but in this case, the tongue and groove cladding used will have a more detailed profile to give it more style. You have several choices as …

How to Make a Simple Wooden Planter


In this article, we will be discovering how to make a simple wooden planter. I know that some of us like to do our own DIY projects and creating wooden planters is no different. If you are itching to create your own and can do basic DIY jobs, then these wooden planters are for you.

In my numerous articles, I have talked about the various containers that can be used in container gardening but wooden planters are some of the most versatile that you can have (see

How to Deal with Common Pests and Diseases Found in the Garden


In this article, we will discuss effective treatments to deal with common pests and diseases found in the garden. In a previous article, I have discussed why it is important to have a healthy plant but we will still face pests and diseases and in this article, we will discuss the best way to deal with them.

 BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH COMMON PESTS

 APHIDS

These are soft sap-sucking black, green or whiteflies that are sometimes winged. They weaken and distort growth, whilst carrying viral diseases. They also …

How to Keep Your Plants Healthy


In this article, we will discuss how once you have obtained or reared your plants how to keep them as healthy as possible. I have talked about pests and diseases in the past, but in this article, we are going to talk about what you can do to minimize damage to your plants.

Pests and diseases are part of life for gardeners as they are important actors in the natural cycle of life of decay and death. The arrival of pests and diseases does not need to …

How to Save Your Own Seeds- Be a Thrifty Gardener


In this article, we will discuss why and grow you should save your seed.

Most people have lost the ability to save seeds, as this is one of the best ways to save money, the question is why should you buy seeds when you can save your own?

The problem is that in the last 50 years or so gardeners have gradually turned from seed gathers and savers to buying commercial seeds.

THE SEEDS YOU BUY TEND TO BE CROSSES

This is because most seeds you buy are …

How to Prune to Manipulate Plants


In this article, we will be discussing how to prune perennials so that the plant can be manipulated for your benefit. Try using these techniques so that you can extend or renew blooming, encourage new lush growth, reduce the plant height, keep them from becoming invaders and to prevent pests and diseases from taking hold.

In a previous article, I have discussed the rough guide on how to prune plants that included perennials, but in this article, we will go further.

 CUT BACK TO REDUCE HEIGHT

If …

Rough Guide to Pruning-Getting the Basics Right


In this article, we will discover the best way to pruning your plants, a task which every gardener must learn, even container gardeners. The problem is a lot of inexperienced gardeners do it wrong. To understand pruning, you need to know why you need to prune in the first place.

This is done for 3 main reasons:

  •  To remove unhealthy and dead material to make it look better.
  •  To stop a monster from being reared in your garden, so it is kept to a certain size and shape.

Problem Solving for Growing Seedlings- Avoid the Pitfalls


In this article, we will discuss what to do when your seedlings are not doing well. They are growing too long and floppy, they may look sickly, or not generally doing very well.

In this article, you will find out what can be done to stop and prevent seed germination and seedling growth problems. With this little handy guide, you will know what to do if your seed germination does not go as expected. So do not panic if your seeds fail to germinate or suffers from some …

Making your own Hypertufa Container- Create your own Container


In this article, we will be discussing how to create a hypertufa container. In a previous article on stone containers I discussed hypertufa and how it can be used to make containers, I barely touched the subject in that article but now it is the time to discuss how to do it properly.

As said in that article stone containers are delightful in the garden but they are expensive, it is easy to make a fake stone mixture that can be used to mould your own container; it …

Creating a Marginal Pond in a Barrel


In this article, we discuss how to create a marginal pond garden in a barrel. Often we want plants that are a bit different and often not seen in your garden. One of these is marginal pond plants as they need water to survive. You think at first that it is impossible to have marginals in a container. Well, I am going to dismiss that thought and help you create your own marginal pond garden.

YOU DO NOT ONLY HAVE TO USE A BARREL

Although I will be …