On this page, we feature Top Tips and Handy Hints from our visitors.
If you have a 'Top Tip' to share, simply click on the image below with
your mouse. Send us your tip, and see your name in print.
We had our say earlier on in our own
Gardening Tips Page, which covers the basic do's and don'ts of
general gardening, but here we welcome your own little details which
have mode your own bit of gardening, that bit easier or more enjoyable.
It is your page, so it's only right that it should be your
suggestions and tips. We don't know everything, and in any case all
gardens - and gardeners - are different!
You can click the email link below and let us have your suggestion or
tip for easy gardening.
Plant Ties from old tapes!
To save on expensive plant ties for smaller plants use an old
cassette tape or video tape. Use the case or video spindle as the
dispenser. They will not rot, and are relative strong for the job
AND FREE (well after you've destroyed them through over use in the
player). Make sure you cut them away and throw the ties in the bin
next spring as the tape is very fine and tends to crop up for months
after if you don't. Good for veg, peas, beans and herbaceous
borders when used with canes.
Dave R Stourbridge, west Mids.
Zap the Ants
Whilst ants are not a pest and do
some benefit in the garden. Most people do not like a ant setting up
house under their patio or in their lawn. A sure fire way to get rid
of them is mix a small bottle of clove oil (from the chemist) in a
large watering can with a rose sprinkler. Quickly water this over
the area the ants have set up home ........ and stand back! First
you will see the flying ants leaving the nest in droves, the soldier
ants will follow them on foot. Tried tested and never failed. Ian,
Old Loo Rolls!
Plant certain seeds in old
toilet rolls .... easier to transplant...but wet it well and bury
well when setting out , to be sure cardboard rots... I did runner
beans this year...great
GoonerGal 31st Aug 2002
Having trouble controlling slugs? Try
spreading coffee granules around the base of the plant. This is a
sure way of getting rid of the pain.
Shaun Darker. 2nd Aug
Do not attempt to sow fine seeds when
you have a cold.......!
'Greywitch' - Wales
Waste not Want not!
Don't burn your winter
prunings! Longer branches are excellent for clematis/ pea/ sweet pea
supports whilst shorter, twiggier bits pushed into your borders will
shore up annual and perennial flowers through the wettest, windiest
squall - and no need to tie in either! I used a lot of apple wood
this year and was amazed to see pink blossom bursting from wood cut
some five months previous....
'Greywitch' - Wales
Old discarded stockings (!) cut
into strips make great ties for trees and shrubs, as the stretch in
the material will not damage stems plus it's free!!!!
Place some blotting paper in a
jam-jar - rolled up so paper touches side of glass. Add water,
then place runner bean seed between glass and paper. Keep moist and
watch the children's face light up when shoots and roots appear .Pot
up into compost and plant out in the garden - or a larger pot -
when frost has passed.
Z. Aisthorpe Lincoln
A Good Scrub
Clean an old patio, by brushing a
slurry made from sharp sand and water gently back and forth. Watch
the old grime come off - but be prepared for what might be
New Life for an old rose
climber roses that have lots of top and no bottom! With a sharp
handyman's knife, carefully cut 2 parallel cuts - about 3mm (1/8in)
apart - above a low dormant bud in the old basal wood. The cuts
should be no longer than 1cm (1/2in). Prize out the old bark from
between the cuts. This will force the dormant bud into growth after
a few weeks, sending up a new shoot from low down on your plant. I
have also used this trick to send a shoot in the direction required.
(Carry out in spring or the growing season). Ed
To mark out new beds and borders, use a hosepipe to
'lay out' your design. If you fill the hose with water, then it will
more easily form nice sweeping curves. You can then alter the shape
of your bed or border until you are happy with it.
Watkins (Mrs.) Burham, Kent
Sand for Seeds
Seed Sowing When sowing tiny
seeds mix a little silver sand (DRY!) in with the seeds so you don't
sow them to thick it also makes tiny seeds easy to sow.
OK - Your Turn Next! Click on the button and let's have it!