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Interesting idea for putting a play area on asphalt, concrete or hard soil in a temporary build. The tires and rocks can be removed, and the sand and rocks swept up. Interesting idea for day cares in urban settings without access to grass or soil.

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Mason Jar Soil Test | Determining what type of soil you have in your garden can be done with a glass jar with a lid, some water, and a sample of your soil. When soil particles separate you can see a mixture of the main soil types: sand, silt and clay.

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Foxtail Lily | Plants from Bakker Spalding Garden Companyn , you can plant them directly into the garden. Prepare a wide, shallow hole (approximately 10 cm deep) and loosen the soil thoroughly. In the bottom of the hole, add a layer of coarse sand or grit to help with the drainage. Spread the roots of the foxtail lily well and place in the hole at the correct depth. The top of the roots should be approximately 5 cm below ground level. Flowers Jun July August 100cm high

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from Mail Online

I promised you a rose garden... One woman's enduring love affair with the most English of summer blooms

Roses and lavender in bloom in the formal garden at the Old Manor, Devon, UK

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Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke) is one of the most stunning and longest lasting prairie perennials, with unmistakable feathery silver and pink seedheads in mid-spring. It is a soft, hairy plant growing typically to 16" tall with fern-like leaves. It prefers full sun and average to dry soil. It is drought tolerant once established, grows in sand, gravel and rock gardens. It spreads by rhizomes and can be naturalized to form an interesting ground cover.

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Hawaiian Palm The Hawaiian Palm is a very strong and beautiful houseplant, although it is called a palm it is actually a succulent, so will need very little water. Every year repot the palm into a larger pot, use 2 parts loam free garden soil mixed with 1 part coarse sand and 1 part pumice or a regular cactus compost is also suitable. Use a pot with holes in the base and cover the bottom with a layer of gravel or hydrograins. Put some

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Lavender- Can be a bit tricky to grow, but it can thrive in the right conditions. It likes it hot, sunny, and dry. mix a bit of sand in the soil when planting and fertilize with lime (lavender HATES acidity!) It can get woody after a few years if not pruned regularly in the fall. Prune almost to the ground to ensure fullness next year

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from David Domoney

How to create a wildflower meadow in the garden

cornflower-meadow-with-poppies How to grow a wildflower meadow in the garden

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Hawaiian Palm The Hawaiian Palm is a very strong and beautiful houseplant, although it is called a palm it is actually a succulent, so will need very little water. Every year repot the palm into a larger pot, use 2 parts loam free garden soil mixed with 1 part coarse sand and 1 part pumice or a regular cactus compost is also suitable. Use a pot with holes in the base and cover the bottom with a layer of gravel or hydrograins. Put some

from Farm & Pretty

Sifting Through The Soil

Easy Soil Testing | How to test your soil for the best garden ever - Farm Pretty www.farmpretty.com

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