5 Great Gardening Tips for the Coming Summer

Gardening is such a beautiful and therapeutic thing. If you are also a garden lover and like to play around with the soil and plant new flowers regularly, this is for you. The summer is on its way and we want to be ready. We are looking forward to our summer gardening and would like to share a few tips with our fellow gardeners.

Keep your pots and plants cool – The summer heat here in Oz can be devastating to potted plants. Help them keep cool and watered by placing the pots out of direct sunlight and also mulch them often. Place potted plants in saucers with sand and keep the sand moist. This will help the plants stay healthy and cool.

Avoid the appearance of mildew – To prevent mildew from appearing on or around your plants, water them early in the day. This gives them a chance to dry out and prevent mildew. You can also use a solution of cow’s milk and water to help prevent mildew. You just mix one part milk with one 10 parts water and spray the plants weekly.

Clean the irrigation system and water tanks – Before the summer kicks in, unblock your irrigation system and make sure that there are no leaks or damages. If you are using a tank to catch rainwater to use on the plants, make sure it is clean and has no leaks.

Take care of your camellias – Camellias are beautiful and bloom in the summer, but they can dry out quickly if they don’t receive the right attention. To counter this risk, mulch and water your potted camellia once or twice every week, especially in hot weather.

Do hard work during cool times – The summer sun is unforgiving and can be dangerous. You should always wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses when working outside. When you have hard work like digging holes, fencing, or mowing the lawn, try and complete these tasks before 10 AM or after 4 PM when the sun is less severe.

You are ready for your summer gardening. We hope you spend many relaxing hours enjoying your summer garden.…

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5 Tips for Saving Your Beloved Plants

Not everyone has green fingers and I’m sure some of you have experienced the let-down of not being able to keep a plant alive. I have struggled to keep plants alive until I found some great advice. If your plants are looking under the weather, there is still hope. Simply follow these tips and you will have a happy and beautiful plant again in no time.

  1. Make sure they get enough sun. Some plants want a lot of sunlight while others prefer the shade. Make sure that your plant is in the right place to receive its optimal amount of sunlight and shade. Potted plants are easy to move around to the best spot. If your flower beds are in the wrong spot, be careful when removing the plants and make sure you treat them with care.
  2. Feed the plant some healthy soil. Your plant needs nutrition just like you do. Improve the soil in which your plant is growing by digging through mushroom compost and well-rotted manure. This is better for plants in beds and not necessarily in pots.
  3. Give the plants the right water and nutrients. Water the plants well and use the right type of fertiliser to help them grow and get healthy. If you are unsure which fertiliser is best, ask your local nursery what they would suggest.
  4. Clean off the dead leaves and branches. Cutting back the dead leaves and branches allows the plant to grow new and fresh ones. The plant needs to get rid of the old and dead to be able to thrive again. You can safely cut back about a third of the plant without causing damage.
  5. Look out for pests. Plants have natural enemies that attack them. Things like aphids and mealy bugs should be addressed very quickly. You can take measures to prevent these buggers from getting near the plant as well.

Once you’ve tried all of these tips, you should have your plant back on the road to health. If not, it means you need to let it go.

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6 Cleaning Tips to Make Life a Lot Easier and Save You Time

Cleaning will always be necessary and we all want it to go fast and be effective. We have some great cleaning tips for every day cleaning as well as those once a year or once every few months cleaning projects. These tips will make you breathe easier and get through the job faster.

Use a lint roller to clean the car. If you have furry family and kids, you will need to clean the car quite often. Use a lint roller to get rid of the hair, crumbs, and other dirt. The roller can get into small spaces and is also a lot easier to use.

Soften your towels. Some places have hard water and this can cause a build-up of minerals. This is not good for your towels as it makes them scratchy. To counter this, wash the towels in very hot water and 1 cup of ammonia. Don’t add any washing powder or detergent.

Don’t over wash clothes. You don’t need to wash clothes after every wear. Some things like t-shirts, gym clothes, socks, and underwear need to be washed after one wear, but others like denim or bras don’t. Save yourself some time, energy, and keep your clothes for longer by only washing when the clothes really are dirty.

Let toothpaste put the shine back in your shoes. Shoes get dirty especially if they are your favourite pair and you wear them a lot. Get them clean and looking like new by scrubbing them with some toothpaste.

Let lemon clean your cutting boards. Don’t throw out your stained cutting boards. Cut a lemon and rub the cut side across the board to remove the smells and stains. You can also throw baking soda and salt on the board before using the lemon to get even better results.

No more dreading those cleaning tasks. With these tips, you will save time, money, and solve problems easily.…

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