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This iCultivate category includes information to all aspects of working in or having a garden. 

Subcategories from this category:

The Vegetable Patch, Chickens In The Garden, Ornamental Plants

Don't Drown Your Plants - The Importance of Aerated Soils

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Don't Drown Your Plants - The Importance of Aerated Soils All plants have their own specific needs. What these needs are vary from one plant species to another, but all will mostly include varying amounts of nutrients, water and air. The focus of this article is water, but this is intrinsically...
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How to Propagate Plants in a Box

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How to Propagate Plants in a Box With the cooler months in the northern hemisphere approaching, our planting habits change - they need to change. Often this means that we retreat to a greenhouse or bring our gardening indoors. Often this also means that we leave our propagating until the warmer...
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How to Ripen Tomatoes Late in the Season

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How to Ripen Tomatoes Late in the Season Have you ever grown tomatoes in your vegetable garden or perhaps in tubs on a balcony? If you haven’t, I guess I have to ask; why not? There are two undeniable facts about growing tomatoes - they are one of the most commonly...
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Using Wood Ash in your Garden

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Using Wood Ash in your Garden Wood ash is a wonderful resource in the vegetable garden and everyone who has easy access to it should use it rather than disposing of it in some other way. It can be nutrient rich and used to improve nutrient access for your garden plants,...
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How to Grow Yuccas

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How to Grow Yuccas Yuccas are an incredibly easy plant to grow, require very little maintenance and are being seen increasingly in contemporary gardens. However, if you prefer a more traditional garden, don't be concerned; there is always a place for yuccas. Yucca elephantipes is a commonly grown yucca and is...
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How to Plant and Grow Crepe Myrtles

How to Plant and Grow Crepe Myrtles
How to Plant and Grow Crepe Myrtles Crepe Myrtles are a very hardy plant that can be grown in most climates. They are native to southeast Asia and northern Australia and are known for their beautiful flowers and amazing mottled trunks. Together, these provide both beauty and interest all year round....
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Growing Port Wine Magnolias

Growing Port Wine Magnolias
Growing Port Wine Magnolias Port Wine Magnolias ( Michelia figo ) are commonly grown in many gardens and are a very good choice as hedges or screen plants. However, they are a beautiful shrub and can therefore also be found on their own in ornamental gardens providing a central focal point...
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How to Plant and Grow Turmeric

How to Plant and Grow Turmeric
How to Plant and Grow Turmeric Turmeric is native to South East Asia and is usually recognizable as a bright yellow/orange and pungent spice associated with asian cooking - particularly Indian curries. It often referred to as a “super food”, having been identified as containing a very large number of substances...
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How to Save Seed From Your Garden

How to Save Seed From Your Garden
How to Save Seed From Your Garden Saving seed from your garden is a very simple process. However, you do need to do something that is probably in contrast to what you would normally allow happen ..... allow some plants complete their life-cycle and produce seeds. For many gardeners, this means...
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It's Agapanthus Time!

It's Agapanthus Time!
Agapanthus in full bloom are a sign that summer is not far away. Their beautiful colours and shiny green leaves look spectacular in borders and will often be seen along fence-lines, garden beds and bordering drive-ways. They come in a range of colours including the most commonly seen; purple and a r...
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Protecting Seedlings From Rodents

Protecting Seedlings From Rodents
Protecting Seedlings From Rodents In recent times I have had a lot of trouble with rodents eating my newly planted seedlings before they had a chance to really get underway. I have set traps and baits in order to try and deal with them, but I really don't like doing either...
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Growing Your Own Super Food - Kale

Growing Your Own Super Food - Kale
How to Grow Kale Kale is a very hardy plant to grow in the vegetable patch and is a ’must’ if you haven’t already considered it. It grows best during the cooler months and is very frost tolerant. But get it started in Autumn, you will then be able to enjoy...
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Why We Should Prune Annual Plants

Why We Should Prune Annual Plants
Why Should We Prune Annuals? The reason why we tip prune; or as it is also known, dead-head plants is to prolong and maximise their flowering. The reason why tip pruning prolongs flowering is due to the reason why plants flower in the first place - plants flower and then set...
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Planting Legumes to Replace Soil Nitrogen - a myth

Planting Legumes to Replace Soil Nitrogen - a myth
Hopefully the title of this article has got you thinking ...... legumes fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, so what is he talking about. All of that is true. All legumes have small nodules on their roots that contain many specialised bacteria that convert atmospheric nitrogen (not used by plants) into nitrites...
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Growing Rhubarb

Growing Rhubarb
Rhubarb is one of those old fashion veggie garden plants that often gets overlooked and forgotten. If you are looking for a productive plant that 'gives' year after year, with only a little bit of care, then this one is for you. About Rhubarb Rhubarb's scientific name is Rheum rhabarbarum. It is...
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Protecting against Possums

Protecting against Possums
Do you have a possum problem? Do they eat your garden produce? Below are several ways to protect your produce from possums: Use Physical Protection Protect pawpaw, mango or many other larger tree fruit with a plastic shield made from a 2L plastic bottle. Cut off the bottom of a bottle and make a cut along the...
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Introducing New Chickens to the Flock

Introducing New Chickens to the Flock
No matter how much we love our chickens, there are some undeniable facts that we all need to face from time to time: on occasions chickens within the flock die. all chickens reach an age when their laying reduces significantly. Therefore, if you want to maintain a nice supply of eggs,...
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Growing Spring Onions

Growing Spring Onions
Spring onions are an absolute must for every back yard vegetable garden. They are easy to grow, require minimal attention and have very few pests or diseases that affect them in the typical back yard vegetable patch. In many locations, spring onions are also known as scallions and are also often...
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Multiplier (Perennial) Leeks

Multiplier (Perennial) Leeks
I was recently very lucky and visited Jerry Coleby-Williams ' amazing garden at his home; Bellis. Not only is Jerry's garden inspiring, but so is his generosity - I (along with many others) received several Multiplier (perennial) Leeks that Jerry shared with visitors. Since planting these leeks, I have been quite...
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Make Use of That Waste Water

Make Use of That Waste Water
When you wash your hands or something else under a tap, there is a lot of run-off water that usually goes down the drain or soaks in to the ground. I know most of us think about minimising the water used or lost by running the tap for a minimum length...
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