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Thinking outside the box was the theme of this presentation on vertical gardening by horticulturist and director of the Charleston Parks Conservancy Jim Martin. Watch as he gets creative. If you like this video, consider a donation to the Conservancy to support more projects like this. www.charlestonparksconservancy.org



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Four Ds of Successful Gardening – as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. The four Ds of successful gardening. The first D is to “Detect.” That means, take off your rose colored glasses, put on your critical glasses like you were Sherlock Holmes, maybe bring your hand lens out, walk through your garden looking for everything that is wrong or that does not look right; the plant that is pale, is not growing, is got insect or caterpillar bites out of it, weeds that are growing. Take along a pad and paper too. Your not going to get fix all of these at one time but, go through it and look at it with a critical eye. So, your going to “Detect.” The second “D” is to “Diagnose” what is wrong, the next thing is “Diagnose”. So, lets say that you have got a plant that has got leaves that are all eaten and look raggedy and you do not know what to do. Your going to take a sample of that leaf, put it in a plastic bag and go to your local garden center. Ask for somebody who has worked there for a good long time. We all hire temporary help and young help and they just might give you the wrong answer, and see what they can tell you. Most of the time, they can tell you what it is, and what is wrong, and what you need to do about it. That is the third “D”, is to “Determine” what to do. So, first your going to “Detect” then, you are going to “Diagnose” what it is. If you cannot get it at your garden center, there is a wonderful organization in every state, and it is your agricultural extension office and they are called “Master Gardeners.” If you just Google in on your website Mastergardeners.org in your state or your county, their help is available for you and it is free. Your taxes pay for it. They have got layers and layers and layers of experts. So, if the person answering the phone cannot tell you what is wrong and they cannot tell by a sample you send in, there is somebody out there in the AG department that can help you get your problem solved. So, that is a really really good resource and it is a free one. Anyhow, so we have got the detect, we have got the diagnose and then we are going to determine what to do. So we have got this leaf that is all eaten up with big holes in it. So the local garden center is going to say either this is slugs and snails or they are going to say it is caterpillars or whatever is wrong and you are going to buy the product that is going to help you solve that particular problem. The fourth “D” is the most important “D” of all. Do not forget this. “Damn well do it soon!” That is the four “D” of successful gardening.

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Rob Scott from Holland Park in London shows you how to make a summer hanging basket, which should be planted in spring.

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Hanging baskets are a lot easier to make than many people would believe. Join Jon, the assistant manager from our Remuere store and let him take you though the process step-by-step.

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How to build outside furniture – Part 3

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What’s great about the online buy shed websites is that you will get all of the guidance you need for finding and putting together your new garden shed, but you will still be in charge of finding a shed that meets your needs completely. http://www.buyshedsonline.com.au

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Flower beds do not have to be elaborate to enjoy fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers. With a raised garden bed, you can customize your garden bed however you want. Building a standard 3’x5′ garden bed with wood is most typical; however, you can use blocks, pavers, stone or even just a pile of soil. For this project you will need 2’x4’s, a 4’x4′ post, a tape measure, pencil and square, dill with bits and screws, a circular saw, work gloves, soil, landscape fabric, a shovel and hoe, a level, a utility knife, sawhorses, soil, a wheelbarrow, a soaker hose and some flower or vegetables. Select a location with plenty of sun where you can have access on both sides. Mark the dimensions of the area you want to have your garden bed, and dig up the sod. Do not dig too deep, but just enough to remove the sod. Check the ground with the level to make sure the base is even. Next, lay the landscaping fabric down and cut to fit. Cut the 2’x4’s and 4’x4’s to length, screw the 2’x4′ to each other, and the 4’x4′ inside each corner to form a box. Set the box in its designated area and make sure it is level. Cut any excess landscaping fabric and add your dirt or compost soil. Next plant your vegetables or flowers by pulling back the dirt. If you wish to add an irrigation system, simply set a hose in between the plants, cover with soil, and set to a timer. To find more helpful hints on water irrigation visit www.Lowes.com Now you have a beautiful raised flower garden for years of enjoyment

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Learn how to build a raised garden bed. The Home Depot has different kits to make it easier.

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How your garden can look like an authentic Zen garden in just a couple of hours! ✔Discover the 5 essential types of Japanese Gardens and how to choose which one is right for you! ✔Why just implementing a few simple Feng Shui principles can change your life! ✔The TRUTHS about Garden Planning and Designing, will save hours of your time (go to page 51) ✔WARNING: The Elements of Japanese Gardens, why you need to know them and how to choose the right one for you! ✔Easy step by step sample garden designs each with easy to follow instructions and illustrations (See Page 59) ✔The biggest mistakes people make when choosing their trees, shrubs and flowers. A comprehensive guide to dozens to varieties to help you (pages 14-28) ✔The critical elements of installing a pond including step by step instructions and maintenance. ✔Even a list of worldwide gardens to visit and also a list of online resources!!!!! And much much more

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