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How to Build a Vertical Garden

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Vertical Garden

The design of vertical gardening systems are limited only by your imagination, available space and your desired building materials. You can create your own design quite easily. I’ll share some ideas and a few easy projects to show the ease and versatility of doing it yourself.  Sourcing It’s possible to source out supplies to build your vertical garden right in your own neighborhood. Many nurseries have a free “pot” exchange. This is where people can drop off unwanted plant containers and then others can come and pick up desired plant containers for their own projects. This is a win-win situation. Call …


Fiskars 18″ PowerGear Loppers

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Fiskars 18" PowerGear Loppers

Fiskars produces a wide range of tools for a multitude of different jobs around the yard. This is another one of my favourite choices. The PowerGear loppers. This handy little set of 18″ bypass loppers is very lightweight, easy to use and very tough. They are perfect for people with limited strength, small jobs and even for older kids who are eager to help out. This is a good tool for younger kids too, but supervise them accordingly. This tool may be small and lightweight but still makes short work of all the unruly branches.  The best part of this tool …


Top 10 Easiest to Grow Food Plants

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Purple Carrots

There are many, many food plants out there that are easy to grow and are suitable for beginners and kids. These plants are also great for anyone who wants a low stress, low effort garden. This list is just some of my favorite ones I’ve grown in the past and that I know to be very cooperative for beginners. There are many other plants available that I’m sure are easy 1. Basil – Annual – Can be grown indoors – Pinch to encourage new growth – Likes moist, but not wet soil – Edible flowers 2. Rosemary – Perennial in …


Felco F-31 Anvil Pruner

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Felco F-31 Anvil Pruner

You’ll never regret the purchase of any Felco hand pruners, guaranteed. They are a very high quality tool and the company stands behind their product. So if you’re looking for an anvil pruner that will stand up to the tough jobs, then look no further than this one. Felco is known for making high quality tools and replacement parts. The anvil pruner is really good for dead wood and chomping through piles of branches and debris. It cuts up to 1″ diameter branches. The blades are made of forged aluminium and all parts can be replaced if lost, broken or …


Felco F-2 Bypass Pruners

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Felco F-2 Bypass Pruner

Felco is a well known name and is considered the Cadillac of garden pruners. When you buy a set of Felco’s you can be assured that you are buying top quality from a company that stands behind their product. Felco has many different sizes and styles of pruner but the F-2 is the most popular one and it fits most hands. If you have smaller than average hands or you are buying these for a child, then I recommend the F-6 (Buy them here) Bypass pruners are most commonly used for the general pruning of live plants in the garden. …


The Crack Weeder

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Stainless Steel Hand Held Weeding Knife

The Crack Weeder which is also known as a patio knife and it’s amazing and very efficient at getting the weeds out from between paving stones that are otherwise unreachable with other tools. I own one of these tools and I use it for weeds between stones and many other tasks too. It’s very versatile and a little bit dangerous when it’s new. The blade is very sharp on one side which is needed for narrow crevices but it can cut you if you’re not careful.  I’ve used it for moving paving stones, it’s great for leverage in lifting heavy …


How to Keep Ants Off Hummingbird Feeders

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Umbrella Ant Moat

Feeding the hummingbirds should be enjoyable and shouldn’t be a battle against the ants. They love to live under concrete too so even if you don’t have any grass or ground space most likely you’ll still have thousands of ants.  The hummingbirds will love the feeder full of sweet syrup that you put out but the ants will love it too. They can be quite a nuisance and they’ll quickly clog up the drinking spouts with their drowned bodies and eventually the birds won’t come to feed anymore.  It’s not reasonable to try and kill all the ants to keep them …


List of Raspberry Cultivars

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Red Raspberries

This is a more complete list of the different types of raspberry cultivars that you might find in the local markets and nurseries in your area. Please note that not all varieties will be available in all areas. What is a Cultivar? A cultivar is a general term referring to a plant or grouping of plants that have been selected for desirable characteristics. These characteristics are maintained by consistent propagation.  Similarly, the world’s agricultural food crops are almost exclusively comprised of cultivars that have been selected for desirable characteristics such as improved yield, flavour and disease resistance. Very few wild …