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Gardening - Planting for Free!!

Monday, 12 April 2010

We will be explaining everything needed to propagate your plants including taking cuttings and dividing them!! Eugene also has some great tips for making your own fertiliser and using everything from eggs to water bottles to feed your garden!

Eugene Higgins - Gratis Gardener!
Today we are talking about ways to make your garden go further for cheaper!


According to Carol Klein from Gardener's World April 2010 edition: "As over-wintered plants are re-potted and watered in the Spring, or as those left in the garden begin to come back to life, they produce a plethora of new shoots that are perfect for poaching.

An older plant should send out several new shoots, and a number of cuttings can be taken without doing it any harm. In fact, providing it is left with seven or so robust, evenly spaced shoots, taking cuttings allows the plant to concentrate its growing potential into the shoots you have left, making their stems, leaves and flowers all the more luxuriant."

What plants can we use at this time of year:

Herbaceous/Perennial plants: Hebe, Cornilla Glance, Dahlias

Geraniums €5.95

Hebe Ruby Glow €8.95

Hebe Purple Shamrock €12.95

Hebe Red Plum €8.95

Coprosma €12.45

Seed Tray Approx €1.25

Rooting Liquid

2. Dividing:

According to Carol Klein from Gardener's World April 2010 edition: "The best time to carry out this operation is on a cool, damp day when the flowers are fading.

The best time to split clumps of any plant is during spells of mild weather, when the plant is dormant. Strip off some of the older leaves, too, so that the plant does not become overloaded trying to keep old leaves alive at the same time as trying to make new roots."

What plants can be divided at this time of year: Cat Mint, Thistles, Anemone, Daisy Shasta oxe eye houtunyia, Chives.

Anemone €8.50

Chines €3.95

Cat Mint €8.50

Thistles €8.50

3. Plants that propagate in water

The method is based on Hydroponics where water and solutions high in the relevant plant foods propagate plants, fruit and vegetables.

65% of fruit and veg grown commercially are grown in this method and possibly 80% of cut flowers grown commercially.

What plants can be propagated in a water bath: Roses, Busy Lizzy's, Begonias, African Violets and Ivy's.

Ivy's €4.95

Garden Delights - Money saving Tips:

Make your own nutritious fertilizer:

You can make your own plant fertiliser with nettles, which is high in potash. Potash helps plants flower. Fill a bowl with nettle leaves and then cover with water, cover with say an old board, leave for several weeks, stirring from time to time ,when leaves have rotted strain off and dilute to 10 parts water then apply as required especially to veg like tomatoes, and don't forget to throw old leaves in compost heap.

Tea & Coffee: Put your old teabags into a jug of water and leave to soak for a week and use as a nutritious plant feed.

Banana Skins: Bananas contains potash which is full of nitrogen and encourages growth.

Eggs: Use the water from your boiled egg as a nutritious feed for your plants!

Update on our GYO (Grow your Own) Vegetable garden!!

Every week we will be updating you on our TAS vegetable garden!

At the end of March we grew some Spring veg in some unusual places!! We used everything from tyres, sinks and even teapots to house our new vegetable patch!

Every week we'll see how our vegetables are coming along and show you that it is possible to grow your own veg no matter how much space you have or what unusual objects you pick up along the way!!

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Today's garden set was kindly provided by Blackbanks Garden Centre:

Blackbanks, 754 Howth Road, Blackbanks, Co. Dublin - 01 832 7047

Today photo's of our plants were kindly provided by Blue World Gardener.

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