By Jenny Hendy
Shameless shortcuts for a good backyard super-fast Love being within the backyard yet no longer a fan of spending the complete weekend making it glance excellent? if that is so, then 30 Minute Gardening is simply the ebook you have been trying to find. this can have you ever sitting down having fun with a drink at the patio after simply half-hour of relaxing, guilt-free gardening. Packed packed with shameless shortcuts and sensible assistance and concepts that experience quick influence, all of the knowledge is damaged down into easy steps and imagine sequences together with 122 initiatives on developing appealing borders, excellent patio pots and the way to maintain your salad transforming into all summer season. 30 Minute Gardening is the correct rescue therapy for someone who loves gardening yet has little time on their arms. it is all approximately tips on how to have a neat backyard, a good looking backyard, a effective garden...and nonetheless have a lifestyles.
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PL ANTS FOR POOR SOIL 63 FINISHING TOUCHES After watering plants, add extra touches to this dry garden scheme to create a wild hillside vibe. Then watch the bees and butterﬂies home in! F Gravel On sandy soil without much visible stone, add gravel mulch to mirror the alpine scree look and create a good self-seeding environment. F Rocks Edge the pathway and also create some stepping stones for maintenance access, sinking a few rounded boulders or ﬂat-topped stones into the ground. F Ground cover Use creeping alpines like stonecrops (Sedum), house leeks (Sempervivum), and creeping thymes to carpet the ground around the rocks and stones.
TOP TIPS Beautifully luxuriant basket displays require some regular care to stay at their best. Start with as big a basket as you can manage; 35–40cm (14–16in) is ideal. Plant up with a good quality container compost which has added moistureholding compounds and slow-release fertilizer. Then follow these tips. 176–177) or water 40cm (16in) baskets every two days using a lance attachment. Add slow-release fertilizer at planting time. In midsummer, start adding liquid feed for ﬂowering containers fortnightly.
Water early or late in the day to avoid excess evaporation. CUT-AND-COME-AGAIN To encourage more ﬂowers, cut off the faded ﬂower stems of cranesbill geraniums and remove the main ﬂower spike of lupins, delphiniums, bellﬂowers, and verbascums near the base, just above a bud. IF YOU HAVE MORE TIME F Cut back foliage shrubs Deciduous shrubs grown for foliage effect often grow out of proportion. Trim to restore balance and discourage legginess. Also prune or reshape evergreens. g. catmint (Nepeta x faassenii) and Lamium maculatum form blooms in ﬂushes if cut back after ﬂowering.