Jun
17

Book On Herbs – Garlic Ginger & Chives

My Book On Herbs – Garlic, Ginger and Chives

herbs_bookI have edited and republished my first compilation book on herbs and spices – this one is an aggregate of my first 3 growing books – about Garlic, Ginger and Chives.

The book is now available as an ebook download via Amazon, or you can get also order a hard-copy from Createspace. I really enjoyed pulling this together – the book features a history of each herb, the various medicinal benefits, and – of course – how to grow each herb at home.

Whether you want to grow garlic in a container (may be determined by your local climate!) or in your garden, or on a deck, this book has some easy steps to guide you. And to round it off, no herb book would be complete without some tantalizing recipes, and I have outlined my favourite easy-to-cook garlic recipes which you really should try out. Enjoy.

Colin

The Kindle copy can be found here – herbs and spices – 3 in 1. Enjoy, and happy to receive any feedback on website or via email.

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Feb
04

Grow Raspberries

I love to grow raspberries, prefer them to strawberries and they are easier to grow and maintain.

More people should grow raspberries in my opinion. They provide plenty of fruit in season, and nothing beats going into the garden to pick a fresh raspberry. You need to prune them carefully and they will continue to supply a great crop.

There is a trick you can use to extend the fruiting season.

Standard advice is to snip back the stems to ground level either late January, to mid February. This will encourage the plants to develop new growth below the surface, which will grow later in the year.

This year try to only cut half the stems in this way, and the plants should respond with 2 flushes of fruit,as usual, but now once in the autumn/fall, but also one earlier in the year from the previous year’s canes.

 

 

 

 

 

Jan
28

Rose planting Tips

Rose planting Tips

Planting a rose plant goes beyond how deep the hole should be and whether fertilizer should be used now or later.

The first and important step in rose planting that should never be overlooked is picking the location of where you are going to plant your roses.  It is as true in planting as it is in real estate – location, location, location! There are several things that need to be considered when choosing a location for our rose plants.

Will the place you care choosing to plant your roses get enough sunlight? The majority of rose species should have at least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight a day. Even rose plants that are ‘shade tolerant’ need about four to six hours of direct sunlight to do well.

Is the soil where you plan to plant your roses healthy? Roses are hungry eaters and need have nutritious soil. They do not like soil that has too much clay or too much sand. A quick test you can do with your soil to find out if it has too much clay or sand is to clump it in your hand. If the soil holds the mold and does not crumble easily, it has too much clay. If the soil crumbles too easily and does not hold the mold, it has too much sand. God soil should hold the mold in your hand but crumble easily. The soil should also not be too acidic, contain too much limestone or too much chalk.

And finally, is the place where you are going to plant your rose plant too close to trees or other plants? There are many trees and other larger plants that will extract water and nutrients from the soil from roots that extend far beyond their drip line. If you encounter a lot of roots where you are digging your hole for your rose bush, most likely these roots are going to cause a problem for your plant. There are some climbing rose and some shrubs that are an exception but most rose plants only like to be mixed with other roses or other non-invasive plants.
Now that you have decided on the perfect location for your rose plant, you can think about the basics such as how deep the hole should be.

You will need to dig a hole that is slightly larger than the size of the pot the plant is in or root system of the plant.

The depth of the hole depends on the climate that you live in. Colder areas need to plant their roses slightly deeper. It is a good idea to talk to other rose grower in the area as to which is the proper depth for you. Depths may be different for lots of different people but, everyone can benefit from loosening the soil at the bottom of the hole.

You can also place some compost in the bottom of the hole plus a sprinkle of bone meal which is a source of Phosphorus and is slow acting and encourages healthy root growth. Spread out the roots slightly after you place the plant into the hole. Refill the hole and make sure that the soil settles around the roots. Water the roots before you cover them with the last couple of inches of soil. And finally place the last of the soil back into the hole and firm the soil slightly.

You can water the plant at this step also.

So those are my rose planting tips – now it is up to you to get out there and plant!

Colin

Nov
19

Home Woodworking Gift

Home Woodworking Plans – My Review

If you are one of those people like me who enjoys woodworking and wants to find things to build – home woodworking plans are readily available on the web, and easy to download to get you started.

I ended up finding Ted’s Woodworking package – and with this site all you need then to get started are some basic carpentry skills and a lot of enthusiasm..

Ted’s Woodworking gives you instant access to hundreds of ready to use (well thousands actually!) woodworking plans which you can download easily to your local device. Believe me you will not be disappointed.

home woodworking plans

Woodworking Plans

I wanted to try my hand at making some bunk beds for my two boys so when I looked online and found the site, as winter is here now I decided to leave the garden behind for a while and to give it a try. (The author by the way, Ted McGrath, is an experienced professional woodworker and he knows what he is talking about).

I was a little sceptical at first and I was wondering how one person could possibly get that many plans and woodworking blueprints put together, but Ted has done it.

The package is well designed and the pages are done in full colour and very detailed – which made it very easy to follow. I found it hard to stop now – and after the bunks I am planning to upgrade my garden shed this summer..!

Furthermore, there are so many woodworking plans in this one package deal you will never be short of ideas. For someone like me who is just really a novice at woodworking this was like letting me loose in a candy store and telling me I could have anything I wanted..

The information comes with an unconditional 60 day guarantee, so you have nothing to lose by checking out these DIY woodworking ideas. And with so many to ideas to choose from, you would expect the site to be disorganised somewhat. However, I found it pretty easy to locate the exact project I want, and download as a PDF.

Should you go ahead and try out Ted’s Plans, send me an email I will throw in a copy of my Happy Herb Gardening book as a bonus. And I would love to hear what you think, and how you get on.

By the way the bunk beds are coming along nicely, few more weeks to finish I reckon, in time for Christmas.

Best of luck, CW

PS There is even an extra discount on offer at the moment – so click here to learn more.

Nov
03

Grow Herbs at Home – Book

Grow Garlic Book

I’ve compiled a Herbs and Spices book from my first 3 books all about these herbs, a new compilation book – not just a grow garlic book, but also

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featuring advice on growing Ginger and Chives – so 3 of my favourite herbs and spices, and a wonderful addition to any kitchen or garden!

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My book is available at a special price on Amazon – for download to all reading or tablet types … from apple to kindle and nook, to mention a few.

This book is also available in hard copy to order online, also in paperback now.

This year, get started growing all of these wonderful herbs and spices at home, you certainly won’t regret the small effort involved.

 

Learn first about each herb – garlic, ginger and chives – the benefits of healthy eating, and how to grow these delightful ingredients at home, in your garden or in containers. You will love the freshness in your cooking.

Also included are 30 of my favourite recipes (10 each) – this really is a great value book you will enjoy having close by, and referring to for many years to come.

Happy herbing!

CW

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Jun
28

Keep Flowers Healthy

Keep Flowers Healthy

Now that we have moved into summer, and the bulbs are receding after flowering, it is worth knowing that most ‘spring’ bulbs* will actually benefit from a lift, a split, and a replant every few years.

Early summer is the best time to do this – as they are easier to locate as the flower dies away.

So grab a clump, dig out the bulbs with a fork or trowel, making sure to avoid damaging the roots, levering the clump out as carefully as possible.

You may be able to pull the clump apart quite easily, using your hands. However if this is proving difficult – and it is solid, take two garden implements to it, back to back from the middle of the clump, and lever it apart.

Take handfuls of the bulbs and plant away.  Add some compost, water well and leave to establish themselves.

*Not tulips

May
07

Growing Vegetables in Containers – Video Help

Growing Fresh

Growing fresh in containers is a great way to ‘develop’ your garden, and allows you to grow fresh vegetables and herbs, regardless of how much land you have access to, if indeed any.

A windowsill can suffice for certain carefully chosen greens, but pots and containers are also useful to keep ‘control’ of the growth even when you are lucky enough to have space in a garden.

 

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Everything you want to grow in your greenhouse depends, in most cases, on where you are living (of course) and the growing season you are currently in.

This is important, as is the temperature the greenhouse normally reaches. Most amateur gardeners choose a place that is easy to access, and easy to maintain.

Of course if you wish to invest a bit more in the form of installing heating system and light systems, you can increase practically anything all year round.

CW

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