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					Subject: {!name} - Adding Interest to Your Garden

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked
in the garden.
- John Erskine

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There are many ways that you can add interest to a garden.
Anything that becomes a focal point will add interest and that can range
from garden sculptures to the types of plants you choose.

Adding block planting of a particular specimen can become a focal point
in the garden.
Even adding areas of variegated foliage can create a focal point in the
garden.

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Seats are another item that can add interest to the garden and
additionally they can offer a nice place to rest and relax while you
admire your work.

Mirrors that are strategically placed can enhance the garden in many
ways.
They can bring reflected light to dark corners of the garden.
They can also give the impression that the garden is bigger or
alternatively they can give the impression that the open space is bigger.

Placed at various angles, mirrors can add a lot of fun and interest to a
garden and help to lead a visitor on to other areas.

Using hedges can also add interest to the garden while offering
protection to the plants.
Hedges are also an excellent way to gain privacy without feeling closed
in.

Water features are a favorite for many people and the sound of running
water in the corner of a garden can add an atmosphere of calm and
relaxation.

Water features can also be good for the birds in the garden particularly
in the summer months when they might find it difficult to find water
lying around to suit their needs.

As with sculptures, stones, rocks and pebbles can add interest and offer
areas where you can walk even when the surrounding ground might be too
wet.
Shells also make a good cover on the ground for paths that can remain dry
in the wet season.
There are so many different things that you put in your garden to add
interest.
Everything from old cartwheels to wind chimes, aviaries or anything else
you can imagine.

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Subject: {!name} - Choosing Plants that are Healthy

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart.
- Russell Page

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When you are buying or receiving plants from someone there are a few
things that you need to look at before deciding to plant them in your
garden.

You will generally get a better quality plant from a garden center and it
will be less likely to have disease or other problems that could spread
to other plants in your garden.

There is still the possibility that the garden center plant might not be
the healthy specimen that you might expect so you should still check it
out before parting with your money.

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The first thing you need to do is look at the plant and see whether it
looks healthy.
This might seem very obvious but we often assume that buying from a
garden center will assure us of a healthy plant when in actual fact even
garden centers can have problem plants and you don't want to be the new
owner of their problems.

Plants are very good at showing any signs of distress so a plant that
doesn't look healthy, generally isn't.

Check the conditions of the leaves, stems and roots of the plant where
possible.
You should also look at the condition of the soil that it has been
growing in, as this will have had an effect on its health.

If you are buying flowering plants it is always best to buy the ones that
have yet to flower, as they will withstand the trauma of transport and
transplanting better than those that already have flowers.
If there is no alternative but to buy or receive plants that already have
flowers then many people suggest that you should remove all the f lowers
to give the plant a better chance of survival.
While you might be reluctant to do so, you will probably have a better
plant that will produce more flowers in the future.

If there is anything on the plant that concerns you seek advice or decide
against having that plant in your garden

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Subject: {!name} - Compost a Gardeners Delight

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: When your garden is finished I hope it will be more beautiful that
you anticipated, require less care than you expected, and have cost only
a little more than you had planned.
- Thomas D. Church

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Isn't it amazing that all that waste food that we can't or don't want in
the kitchen is such a good food source for the plants in our garden.

What makes it better is the fact that we can grow vegetables in our
gardens, cook and eat them, and whatever we don't use goes back into the
garden to make the next lot of vegetables grow better and healthier than
ever.
Compost not only helps to feed your plants by improving the quality of
the soil but it can also control diseases in the garden.

You can create compost simply by throwing all your waste on a pile and
waiting for it to rot, however this can take quite a long time if the
compost pile is quite large.
The rotting process is aided by keeping the heap moist and this might
require watering in hot climates.

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Having the compost in an enclosed container can help to retain the heat,
which will speed up the process.
It is possible to buy specific containers that are made for fast
composting and apart from the fact that they will keep your yard looking
a lot tidier, you will get the benefits of using the compost sooner and
there will be less 'bad smells' in your garden.

Contained composts are also a lot better at keeping vermin out which can
become quite a problem with uncovered waste on your property.

Some of the premium compost containers can be rotated, thereby giving you
access to the compost at the bottom of the container, which is ready for
use without having to dig through the fresh waste at the top.

This convenience will ensure you have quality compost that you can use as
soon as it is ready rather than waiting months for the contents to rot.

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Subject: {!name} - Consider a Potager

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Any garden demands as much of its maker as he has to give. But I
do not need to tell you if you are a gardener, that no other undertaking
will give as great a return for the amount of effort put into it.
- Elizabeth Lawrence

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Have you ever considered a potager?
You can have the best of both worlds with a potager when you essentially
have your cake and eat it too.
With a potager you have your garden and eat it too.

Potagers are particularly good for people who live on smaller lots of
land or only have room for a small garden.
They are also great for people who just don't have the time to tend a
larger garden but like to have some color in their yard and fresh
vegetables at the same time.

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So what is a potager?
Well some people have different definitions of what a potager is supposed
to be and this ranges from an organized display vegetable garden to a
combination of edible plants and display plants.

Essentially a potager is making use of the colors and textures of
vegetables to create a colorful display garden with the added benefit of
being able to eat the plants within, and that is why it is considered the
ultimate garden by some.
It is pleasing to the eye and the stomach.

With many flowers finding their way into salads and other forms of foods
as people become aware of the fact that they are edible, the potager has
become more popular in recent years.

By adding sculptures, pots, specimen trees and anything else that you
would add to a normal flower garden, the potager can become a focal point
in any garden and your vegetables no longer need to be hidden away out of
sight in some other part of your property.

Most potagers are grown in raised beds that allow better control over the
drainage and reduce the chance of the vegetables from becoming
waterlogged.

By planning in a structured manner and in close proximity to one another
the colors of the plants and the combinations of one group contrasting
another can make a display that will rival any flower garden.

It can be quite an exciting challenge to create an eye-catching potager.
Try it and you might become hooked.

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Subject: {!name} - Crop Rotation for Vegetables

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: This is the real secret of life - to be completely engaged with
what you are doing in the here and now.
And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.
- Alan Watts

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When growing vegetables in the garden most people tend to grow the same
crops year after year.
This is not surprising really, as we grow the crops that we prefer to eat
and we also tend to grow the plants that we have the most success
growing.

One thing that most gardeners seem to do is grow the same vegetables in
the very same place in the garden each year.

You will tend to have a spot for your tomatoes and a spot for your
pumpkins and so on.

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The problem with planting the same crops in the same place each year is
the effect it has on the nutrients in the soil.

Plants will extract the nutrients that they need from the soil for their
specific requirements each season.
By planting the same crops in the same places you can get nutrient
deficiencies.

This is where crop rotation can enhance the value of your soil.
By rotating where you plant your vegetables each season you will be
giving the soil the opportunity to produce better results as there won't
be the same demands on the nutrients in the soil when there is a
different plant growing their from last season.
To improve the soil quality even more, you should dig in the remains of
the crops once the season has finished allowing some of those nutrients
to be put back into the soil.
In the off-season you can also grow cover crops in the garden.
These are crops that are grown specifically to add nitrogen to the soil.
These crops have high nitrogen value in their roots and when they are
ready, you dig them into the soil.

In doing this you can expect a better harvest each year as the new
planting of vegetables will have more nutrients to feed them.

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Subject: {!name} - Desktop Gardening

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes
you happy, satisfied, or even joyous.
- Paul Hawken

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Who would have believed that you could plan and order your whole garden
from your desktop just a few years ago?

It makes it so easy to get exactly what you like for your garden by
logging on to the Internet Garden stores and being able to choose your
plants according to color, size, type, season and more.

You can even select plants according to the conditions they will be
planted in your garden, so if you have a shaded area you will be able to
select only those plants that prefer those conditions.

It makes it so easy for an inexperienced gardener to plan a garden and
know what it will look like and know that the right plants and in the
best place according to the conditions.

The saving that you can get over hiring professional advice can go in to
the purchase of plants and garden necessities.

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It is quite a lot of fun creating your own oasis and choosing the plants
to suit your personality.
You can chop and change the plan around until you get the best layout
without ever having to spend money until you are completely happy and
ready to go with the ordering of the plants.

As well as the convenience of these search functions on the gardening
sites, you will often find that due to the lower overheads of the online
businesses, you can save quite a substantial lot of money by buying
through them rather than the local garden store.

One of the best ways to get ideas for your garden plans is to look at the
galleries of other gardens on the Internet and base your own garden on
one you like, customizing it to suit your requirements.

Once you have created a plan using these resources you can take it to a
landscape professional to get some additional guidance and advice but in
doing the groundwork online first you will stand to save a lot of money.

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Subject: {!name} - Diseases in the Garden

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Gardening is something you learn by doing and by making mistakes.
Like cooking, gardening is a constant process of experimentation,
repeating the successes and throwing out the failures.
- Carol Stocker

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Disease can spread more readily in wet conditions so you need to be
careful when working in your garden during the wet season not to transfer
disease from one plant to the next.

If you find any diseased parts on your plants cut them out and discard
them in the rubbish.
If the plant is too far-gone to recover then remove the whole plant but
always be careful that in doing so the diseased portions don't come into
contact with the other plants, as this will cause it to spread.

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You should never use diseased plants for compost. It is better to send it
out in the trash or burn it to ensure it doesn't spread any further.

Many diseases in the garden are spread by insects so keeping control of
the insects in your garden will reduce or eliminat e the incidence of
disease.

There are suitable sprays that will help you to eliminate insects in the
garden but even these sprays can cause problems.

It is essential that the spray dries and the foliage is not left damp
because damp foliage can cause disease.
Spraying should therefore be done early enough in the day to allow for
the foliage to dry out before night.

Another area that can harbor disease is in pots that have been used with
plants that have had some form of disease.
By repotting other plants into these pots you run the risk of those
plants also becoming infected.
Simply wash out all pots before reusing them.
Bleach will generally kill any fungus or bacteria and then rinse the
residue out and all traces of the bleach.

Garden hygiene is essential if you want to have a healthy garden.
Many people assume that due to the fact that you are working with
soil/dirt cleanliness is not important but it is this lack of care that
is responsible for the transfer of diseases in the garden.

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Subject: {!name} - Express Yourself

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.
- Confucius

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Gardens offer you one of the best opportunities to express yourself.

You can often get a good idea of a person's personality just by looking
at their garden.
It can show you whether they are free spirited with color and plants
splashed everywhere or prefer a more organized and regimented approach to
life.

Planting your garden gives you the freedom to choose the colors that make
you feel good.
The colors and plants that make you feel happy.

You have the choice to add the flowers that have the fragrances that you
love to smell or remind you of some place that you might have once
visited.
You can change with the seasons just as your garden does and add color to
a gray day.
It gives you an excuse to get outside on a gray day and enjoy all the
color that you might have missed inside avoiding the weather.

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Adding colored pots and sculptures can brighten a winter and add more
contrast to the colors of spring, summer and fall.

You can change the style and look of the garden as you make changes in
your life so that one year is never the same as the next or you can
choose to keep everything the same if you don't like change just as an
old tree stands from one year to the next.

A garden can change your moods and make you feel good just being there
with the beauty all around.

It can make you realize that the important things in life are the little
things that are all around us all the time.

There is life in the garden and the garden will always welcome anyone who
wants to share in the beauty of that life.

It's no wonder that so many people love gardening, because there is so
much to love about it.
Doesn't that just make you want to get outside right now and get into the
garden?

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Subject: {!name} - Feed for Your Plants

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

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The best time to start feeding your garden is in spring.
At this time of the year the ground is still moist from the winter and
early spring rains.

As the ground warms up with the hotter spring weather you get ideal
growing conditions in your garden.

This is a crucial time for growth in the garden and you will need to
ensure that your plants have the necessary nutrients to benefit from this
period.

The small feeder roots that will be developing will seek the nutrients
that you need to supply them.

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By choosing the correct foods for your plants they will have better
foliage, they will be stronger plants and will also have more abundant
flowering.
There are three key factors that are needed in a balanced plant food and
they are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

A plentiful supply of nitrogen will ensure that your plan ts have healthy
foliage.
Phosphorus improves the plants root health and potassium will encourage
the plant to bloom and fruit.

As you can see they are all needed for the overall health of the plants
and you should always check on the packaging of the f ertilizer to see
whether the chemical analysis is suitable.

These fertilizers usually come in three forms - controlled release,
liquid and soluble.
Controlled release formulations have the nutrients inside a semi-
permeable membrane that allows the nutrients to be released into the soil
in a controlled manner once it reacts with the soil moisture and
temperature.
One application can last months and it is ideal for containers and indoor
plants and established plants and trees.
Liquid formulations are similar to the soluble ones but they have been
mixed with water and can be sprayed on the plants leaves for rapid
response.
Soluble formulations and applied dry and dissolve once the area receives
water, which will dissolve the salts and make the nutrients available for
the roots of the plant.

All applications have their benefits and you need to decide which is best
for the plants you are feeding.

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Subject: {!name} - Feeding Your Plants

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.
- Gerald De Nerval

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Just like people, plants have their own particular requirements and it is
not the best policy to assume they all need the same feeding.
Some plants need a lot of attention whereas others require very little.

You can actually harm the growth of your plants by feeding them too much.
Once again there needs to be balance in the garden.
If you feed your plants too much fertilizer that is high in nitrogen you
might get a lot more foliage but a reduction in the fruit or flowers that
the plant will produce.

This is because the plants will be using that nitrogen as energy to grow
faster rather than produce more fruit or flowers.

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Plants are always giving us signs of their food requirements or if they
have been stressed.
They will wilt, or they might change color, or their leaves might curl up
and drop off.
If there is something wrong with a plants nutrition it can often be seen
quite easily.
It is just a matter of reading these signs and knowing what is going on.
As all plants are different, to fully understand the requirements of the
particular plants or trees that you are growing you need to get
information specific to those plants.

If you find signs of stress in your plants you should take samples to the
local nurseries of the leaves and any abnormalities that you might notice
in the soil.

There might be signs of mold in the soil, which could suggest too much
water, and the roots of your plants might be rotting.

If the leaves of your plants are turning yellow on the other hand they
might be suffering from a shortage of water.

The three most important elements in the soil of plants are nitrogen; for
the promotion of leaf and stem growth.
Phosphorus; for the root growth and Potassium; which helps in the growth
of flowers and fruits.

If you find there are any deficiencies in these areas then additional
nutrients will need to be added to the soil.

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Subject: {!name} - Frost Damaged Plants

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses,
what might not the heart of man become in its long journey toward the
stars?
- G.K. Chesterton

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The appearance of wilting leaves, and leaves that have a water logged
look can be a sign that your plant is suffering from frost damage.
Another sign of frost damage can be the appearance of brown patches on
the leaves.
Other signs are shown when the shoot tips on your plant s start to die
back.
If the flowers on the plant don't open fully or they become discolored
and then start to die off, then these are also signs that frost damage
might have occurred.

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There is no treatment for frost damage other than to remove the damaged
portions of the plant in an effort to make it look a little healthier.
Provided the damage hasn't been too severe you might not lose the plant.

Sometimes frost damage is not noticeable for a few days after a f rost has
occurred and this is particularly so if the frost was a very light one.

The best way to protect against frost damage, or to reduce the effect
that frost might have on your garden is to choose the best plants for
your climate conditions.
If you are living in an area that is susceptible to frosts then your best
course of action is to choose plants that are frost-tolerant.

By planting in areas that are exposed or where frosts occur more
frequently you will increase the chances of losing plants to frosts so it
is wise to plant in sheltered spots or areas other than where there are
frost pockets.
You can offer some protection to your plants by wrapping them in Hessian
cloth or frost cloth until after the period of frost has passed.

There will be times in such climates where it is not possible to know
when there will be a frost and these out of season frosts can kill a
whole plant.

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Subject: {!name} - Garden Lighting

Hey {!name},
QUOTE: Where flowers bloom so does hope.
- Lady Bird Johnson

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Garden Lighting is a great way to make use of your garden at night and to
add an impressive display for outdoor living.
Most garden lighting is very affordable these days and many of the
products that are on the market can be installed quite easily by the home
gardener.

You can light areas where you will be sitting, or outdoor dining areas,
or you might just want the lighting for effect where you can shine the
light on feature trees or plants in the garden.

Garden lighting can also add a degree of safety to your property by
lighting steps and walking areas.

You can use this lighting to assist people to find entrances to your
house and even use it for security purposes where the lights can come on
automatically if there are intruders on the property.

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The range of lighting equipment that is available these days will allow
you to create almost any effect that you desire in your garden.

Before buying any lighting for your garden it is best to decide what the
purpose of your lights will be.
You will need to create a plan that will determine which areas need
lighting for safety and where you want lights for dramatic effect such as
up lights on a specimen tree.

Once you have a plan for the lights you will be ready to choose and
decide on what style suits the style of your house and garden.

You can get professional help or install the lighting yourself as most
garden lighting runs on low voltage for safety a nd there are kits that
make installation very easy.

If you want the lighting for ponds and pools then additional care will be
needed as safety is a concern with water and electricity and in these
situations it is wise to get a professional to do the ins tallation.

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Subject: {!name} - Garden Safety

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
- Claude Monet

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We often overlook the possibility of danger that can lurk in the garden.
Everything from rotten limbs on trees that can fall on top of us to
slippery surfaces that are covered in moss can present dangers.

There are certain times of the year when there seem to be more problems
of safety in the garden and these are generally the wetter months.

This is the time when moss can grow on walkways cause dangerously
slippery surfaces.
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There are products on the market that can eliminate moss but some of
these can also cause damage to your plants.
Water blasting will get rid the slippery surfaces and it is possible to
buy relatively cheap and good quality water blasters that are suitable
for the home handy person.

Once again you will need to take care not to damage plants as the
pressure from the water blaster can destroy a garden in a matter of
minutes.

Even the weight of plants can change over the wetter months particularly
those in hanging containers and the additional weight from the water
might just be enough to cause them to come crashing down.

Palm fronds can have very sharp and potentially dangerous spikes that can
be lethal if you happen to get one in your eye while leaning into the
garden.
It is always recommended that you wear safety glasses when getting
amongst your plants in the garden because it is so easy to damage your
eyes.

Wearing gloves is something that goes without saying to protect your
hands, not only from cuts and scrapes, but also from potential infection.

And you might be quite surprised to learn that the biggest danger in the
garden, and the cause of most injuries is from garden implements that are
left lying around in the garden causing injury when someone falls or
stands on them.

A tidy garden is generally a safer garden.

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Subject: {!name} - Gardeners Knees

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: True friendship is like a rose: we don't realize its beauty until
it fades.
- Evelyn Loeb

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While gardening can be good for your health, both in body and mind, there
are many occasions when your knees might not think the same way.

It often seems a lot easier to kneel down when working on low areas of
the garden, but in doing so on a regular basis you can damage the
delicate area of the knees causing swelling and ongoing pain from
permanent damage.

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If there is no other alternative in your garden than to get down on your
knees to work, then it might be time to look the benefits of getting some
suitable gardeners kneepads.

These kneepads can be worn comfortably on your knees while working in the
garden and the materials in them reduce most of the impact caused by
kneeling.
Alternatively you can buy a kneeling platform that you can carry around
and place on the ground when you need to kneel down.

Gardening supply manufacturers have realized the demand for products to
help in this area and there are new products coming on the market on a
regular basis.
Even of you are unaffected by problems with kneeling in the garden, it is
the long-term damage that you need to be concerned about as it can take
years to surface.

It might even be necessary to look at the gardening equipment you are
using to see whether you can use longer handled implements that will
allow you to do the same work from a standing position.

The more you care for your health and well-being while working in the
garden, the longer you will be able to devote to gardening as you age.

The quality gardening tools and implements that are available are a wise
investment as they can make your life in the garden a whole lot easier
and more enjoyable.

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Subject: {!name} - Gardening Can Improve Your Health

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
- Emma Goldman

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While we are attending to the health of our plants, we too are improving
our health both physically and mentally.

Even the relatively light work of weeding the garden is good exercise and
particularly with elderly people it is an opportunity to get outside,
breath the fresh air and improve their well-being.

As we bend down to pull out weeds or pick up plants and pots we are
exercising and stretching our muscles and keeping our joints active.

This helps to circulate the blood through the body and help maintain a
healthy heart.
It is also good for the mind as gardening can relax the mind and reduce
stress.

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Working outside in the garden also exposes us to sunlight and that is
essential for Vitamin D, which helps the body to absorb calcium, and this
is particularly important for women.

Gardening is one of the most popular hobbies in the country and also
ranks as one of the most popular forms of exercise for many people.

Along with any form of exercise precautions need to be taken. Lifting
heavy pots and plants can also do damage to the lower back and knees so
we need to be sensible when gardening to ensure we can continue to enjoy
this wonderful pastime.

Like the lower back, our knees are susceptible to damage from gardening
if we tend to kneel down while working but fortunately there are various
gardeners' aids that can be worn or used to help protect our knees.
There are also belts that can be worn to support our back when lifting
heavy items in the garden.

If you take a sensible approach to your gardening and don't over extend
yourself you can reap the rewards of improved health and happiness while
enjoying the fun of creating your own piece of paradise.

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Subject: {!name} - Gardening Gloves

Hey {!name},
QUOTE: The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
- Dorothy Frances Gurney

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Your first contact with the garden are your hands, unless of course you
have invested wisely in garden tools, but even with tools there is no
getting around the fact that you are going to need to get your hands
dirty, and along with that you can expect the scratches, cuts and bruises
that are inevitable.

You should consider investing in good garden gloves to protect your hands
against damage.

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There are several different types of gloves on the market and they all
have their benefits and downsides.
The cheapest of these gloves are the cotton work type gloves that are
comfortable but not quite as durable as other gloves.
They will wear out faster than the more expensive gloves and can become
heavy when wet, which can make your hands quite cold in the colder
weather.

They also don't offer much protection against thorns and other sharp
objects that you might encounter.
Alternatives to these are a combination of cotton and leather, as the
leather portion of the glove will offer some protection against cuts.
These gloves will still get water logged and have a limited lifespan.

The composite spandex/lycra gloves that are available are a better option
as they will last longer and they won't get water logged like the cotton
gloves.
They are also very comfortable to wear.

If you are working in wet conditions a lot of the time then you will need
to consider getting some rubber gloves.
Rubber gloves will ensure that your hands stay dry all the time.

If you work with roses quite often there are gloves that cover your hands
and your arm right up to your elbow.
These will allow you to work in comfort and safety while protecting your
skin against damage.

And finally there are many people who don't like wearing glo ves at all
but need some form of protection.
You can get spray on gloves.
These are a silicon spray that will seal your hands from grime and
possible infection and will make cleaning your hands after you have
finished gardening a breeze.
While these 'gloves' won't offer you any protection from scratches and
cuts they will help to keep your hands clean and that is a bonus.

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Subject: {!name} - Gardening Tools

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QUOTE: Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul.
- Linda Solegato

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The range of gardening tools that are available now is quite outstanding.
As gardening is one of the most popular hobbies, there is a huge demand
for gardening tools that can do a better job in the garden whi le making
that job easier to complete for people of all ages.

You will need to buy the tools that make life easy in your particular
garden and that will be determined by the types of plants that you have
growing.
If your garden has predominantly large trees or hedges you will need
tools that make the job of trimming at those heights easier.

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With the design of new garden implements concentrating on leverage for
ease of use, it has become a lot easier for the home gardener to maintain
plants at heights that would have normally required professional help.

Many of these garden implements have also been designed for ease of use
for people who suffer from arthritis and the elderly who don't have the
strength they once had.
Not only are these tools popular with the elderly but they will make the
job of maintaining your garden a lot easier and more enjoyable by
reducing the effort required to use them.

You will be able to select from implements that can reach to places that
would be difficult without getting down into the garden, and as well as
making life easier, they can also make it safer.
I recently had to clear the ground around some small palms and without
the use of a long handled garden implement I had no a lternative but to
get down and do this by hand.
The ensuing pricks from the palm fronds made sure I went to the garden
store at the earliest opportunity to ensure I wouldn't have to do that
again.
Fortunately I was wearing safety glasses as getting prick ed in the eye
from some of the sharp parts of plants can cause painful and permanent
damage to your sight.

Safety glasses, or even sunglasses should be worn when working in the
garden and breathing masks should always be worn when using poisons and
insecticides.

We need to preserve our own health as well as that of our plants.

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Subject: {!name} - Getting Children into Gardening

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth,
and no culture comparable to that of the garden
- Thomas Jefferson

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If you have ever wondered how to keep children occupied for hours on end
then it's time to introduce them to the joys gardening.
Children can really enjoy growing plants particularly if they have their
own area of the garden where they can see the results of their own
efforts growing there.
It will give them a sense of reward to see what they have been able to
accomplish, whether it is from a flower garden or a vegetable garden.

It is also a very healthy pastime that will get them out of the house and
into the fresh air.
It will do more for their health than sitting in front of a computer
screen or playing on their PlayStation all day.

They will also be learning about gardening and as this is one of the most
popular hobbies it will give them a knowledge base that they will benefit
from for years to come.

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Gardening can also help to relieve stress and fatigue and there are many
more children suffering from that these days.

By getting your children to work alongside you in the garden, it will
help to build better family relationships too and that is an investment
in them that no amount of money could ever buy.

I have known many children who have used their gardening skills to make a
few dollars of their own by selling the plants and vegetables that they
have grown in their own garden to others during their school holidays.
Not only do they get a sense of accomplishment but they can also get
monetary reward for their work.

If you have ever seen the delight on a child's face after they have sold
something that they have grown themselves in their own garden then you
will know exactly what I mean.
It is more exciting for many of them than opening their presents on
Christmas Day.

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Subject: {!name} - Getting Rid of Garden Pests

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they
know they shall never sit in
- Greek proverb

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There are many different types of pests that can ruin your good work in
the garden.
The most common are insects and they can destroy a garden in a very short
time if left to their own devices.
Even the neighbor's cat can be a pest if it is always using your garden
as a toilet.
Birds can be another reason for concern if they are eating your plants
and can become quite smelly if they are nesting in trees or hedges in
abundance.

Pests will use your garden primarily for food and shelter.
To reduce the amount of pests in your garden you need to create an
environment that isn't as inviting.

By clearing leaves and waste from the base of your plants you will reduce
the amount of shelter.
This will allow you to work the soil better and eliminate the incidence
of in-ground insects that can suck the nutrients out of the soil.
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You can stop cats, rats and mice from digging in the soil by using
effective ground cover in the form of mesh where it becomes too difficult
for them to get through to the soil.

By keeping your compost in the correct composting containers there won't
be any decaying matter lying around the yard that will attract rats and
mice.
Having a tidy garden and yard will not encourage them to make their home
on your property.
Traps might be needed as a final deterrent for rats and mice.

Spraying your plants with suitable insecticides will also reduce the
unwanted insect population.
There are some good natural applications on the market that will do the
job of the commercial insecticides or you can make your own effective
natural insecticide.

If you prune back trees and hedges you might make them less appealing to
birds and this might help to reduce the population in y our garden.
Keep in mind that some insects do a good job of maintaining a balance in
the garden by eating other insects and birds will also eat insects that
could be causing damage to your plants.

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Subject: {!name} - Greenhouse for All Seasons

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice
because thorn bushes have roses.
- Abraham Lincoln

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In many climates growing plants in the winter months can become quite
frustrating, and if you are finding that you are in that situation then
it might be time to consider getting a greenhouse.

Greenhouses are available in many different sizes and there are some very
compact versions that will suit most budgets.
Having one of these greenhouses tucked away in a sunny corner of your
garden will be a godsend when the weather dictates that you would
normally have to stay inside rather than venture out into your garden.

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With the added benefit of being able to control damage that might have
been caused by birds, insects and the weather, greenhouses can also save
you a lot of money in the long term.

They are excellent for growing seedlings and also for extending the
season that you will be able to grow particular plants by controlling the
climate.

You should always set your greenhouse in a position that gets the maximum
amount of sunlight throughout the day while allowing easy access to water
and electricity.

If you have a particularly windy property make sure that the door to the
greenhouse is facing away from the prevailing wind.
When deciding on the size of greenhouse that you need always try to get
the biggest one possible as once you see the benefits of having a
greenhouse you might find that you will be wanting more and more room.

That way you will be able to spread out your plants giving them more room
to breathe and reducing the risk of disease.

Most good greenhouses come with in-built ventilation systems, which are
essential to reduce the temperature when it begins to rise.
If you decide to build your own greenhouse, ventilation is one of the
most important factors that you need to consider.

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Subject: {!name} - Ground Cover

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments
- Janet Kilburn Phillips

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Ground cover has many different uses in the garden.
It can be used to help reduce the amount of weeds that will appear in the
garden by covering over the space between plants where the weeds might
grow.

There is a downside to this though, as weeding can become a bit more
difficult when you need to remove the weeds that will still invariably
grow in amongst the ground cover.

Ground cover can also help to keep the moisture in the soil by stopping
it from drying out from direct sunlight.

It can also add color and texture to the garden.
A lot of the ground cover that is available can supply a splash of color
right throughout the year where some will have col or in their leaves and
then additional color when they flower.
Being so close to the ground they can stay in better condition in windy
conditions where they aren't quite so exposed as other flowering plants.

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Most ground cover is quite durable and it is an excellent way to add
color to gardens that are in conditions where other flowering plants
might not survive.

Some ground cover plants grow very well and thrive in shaded areas where
other plants might struggle to survive and they generally require very
little maintenance.

They are also excellent for creating borders around gardens where there
are larger plants or trees growing or where other plants won't be able to
get sufficient nutrition to grow to their full potential.

They are particular good for covering areas that are not easily
accessible and would normally be too hard to maintain if you were to
attempt to grow other plants there.
They also make a nice display when grown in and around rocks and
sculptures in the garden and can make a nice mat when grown at the foot
of a garden seat, provided of course that you choose one that is durable
enough to withstand light foot traffic.

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Subject: {!name} - Growing in Baskets

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we
garden.
- Anonymous

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If you are growing plants in baskets there are a few things that you will
need to take care of if the plants are to survive.
Obviously you will need to start with the best and healthiest seeds or
plants.
It is important that you choose good quality container mix too. There are
proprietary hanging basket mixes that you really should use as they have
been developed to provide the best growing conditions in these unique
situations.

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For aesthetics you will probably want to get the basket looking as 'full'
as possible so you will be cramming the plants in.
It is best to put the larger plants in the middle of the basket with
smaller plants trailing out to the edges and the sides.

The larger the basket the better chance your plants will have to survive
and they will also require less maintenance.

As with all plants no matter where they are grow ing water will be
essential and with baskets more care is required than normal.

You can place a water trough between the plants and the liner to maintain
a place to hold water that would normally seep through the liner.

In warmer weather you will need to water the plants more often and this
is best handled with a long watering wand, which makes reaching the
plants easier.

Occasionally, where you have baskets that are easily moved, you can soak
the entire basket in a tub of water.
If the basket has been quite dry you will need to soak it until the
bubbles stop rising.

Always use quality liquid plant feed to ensure your plants are getting
all the nutrients that they require.

To prevent the plants from drying out in the sun and the wind aim to g et
maximum foliage coverage.

If you take the time to give your basket plants the additional care that
they need, you will be rewarded with a pleasant addition to any living
area.

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Subject: {!name} - Growing Your Own Vegetables

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt
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There is a great sense of satisfaction knowing that you will be able to
wander down to your own garden and pick the vegetables that you have been
growing and then cook them and eat them for your dinner.

You will never be able to get vegetables as fresh as that from the shops
and you certainly will be able to taste the difference in the extra
freshness that you will get with every bite.

Many vegetables taste just as good, if not better, eaten fresh from the
garden without even cooking them.
Peas, beans, tomatoes and the like are all ready to be eaten and enjoyed
as they are picked.

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What makes garden fresh vegetables even more appealing is the fact that
you will know everything that has gone into the soil and every spray that
has been used to assist in the growing of those vegetables.
And that is something that you would never know about the produce t hat
you buy from the shops.

You will need to use sprays on your garden to ensure you have a healthy
crop so it is wise to look at all the instructions and the contents of
any sprays that you might need to use.

By using the best sprays you can be satisfied that not only will your
crops have had the best nutrition but you will also be safe from some of
the chemicals that many commercial growers use.

You can often keep pests off your crops, or reduce the incidence of the
damage they can create by planting companion plants around your crops to
keep them away.

You can reduce the chance of getting disease by selecting resistant
varieties of plants that are less susceptible to disease and by giving
them more room to grow by spacing them out a little mor e.

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Subject: {!name} - House Plant Basics

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow
- Anonymous

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As houseplants are living in an unnatural environment we need to give
them extra care to get the best results.

They will require all the elements of outdoor plants in their need for
good nutrients, water, ventilation, light and a suitable climate.

Without this balance they will soon wither and die.
It is vitally important that they have the best quality soil.
As with outdoor plants they will need soil that is light enough for their
roots and to hold water and air but not so light as to allow the
nutrients to wash through and not be made available for their roots.

One thing that will not be as much of a concern as outdoor plants is
their need for support against winds.
This can allow you to use lighter soil however you will still need to
ensure the plant is getting the nutrients.
This might require additional feeding that is over and above what you
would give an outdoor plant.

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The environment can also affect plants, and anyone who is smoking in the
house will affect the plant growth and result in poor health just as it
does to the person smoking.
Potting mix is readily available and in different varieties to suit the
requirements of various indoor plants.

You can buy inexpensive moisture monitoring kits and also some small
units that will release water into the soil when it detects that the
moisture is getting too low.

Getting good potting mix for your indoor plants can make a noticeable
difference to their condition as the soil that we get from outside can
sometimes have diseases or insects in it.

If there is an opportunity to do so, it is a good policy to put the
plants outside in the sun for a few hours and also to get some fresh air.
Plants will also benefit from having their leaves cleaned, as there can
be a buildup of dust when growing indoors and not having the rainfall to
wash them clean.

It is also good to catch rainwater in containers to use for watering your
indoor plants.

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Subject: {!name} - Installing an Irrigation System

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: As the Garden Grows, so does the Gardener
- Anonymous

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For your plants to survive it is essential to have an effective watering
plan and this can be made somewhat easier by installing an irrigation
system.

There are many products on the market that allow the home handy person to
install their own irrigation system.

The first thing you will need to do is set out a plan of where the
irrigation needs to go, taking into account your water supply, the types
of plants that you will be watering, and the flexibility in water
management that you will need.

Flexibility in water management is particularly important, as this will
allow you to supply varying contents of water to specific plants to
ensure all the plants in your garden are getting their optimum
requirements.

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Another factor that you should consider is having a timed irrigation
system where you can supply water to your plants on a regular basis even
if you are away on holiday for an extended period of time.

These timed watering systems are very cost effective and can save you a
lot of money that could otherwise be lost in plants that die due to a
lack of water.

There are a wide variety of soaker and sprinkler type water systems and
they all have their specific benefits for your garden.

If you are unsure what your garden requirements are, many of the home
irrigation systems have information to help you make educated decisions
but if that still leaves you in doubt then a consultation with a garden
professional could save you a lot of time and money.
Before buying anything check out the prices from the online garden supply
stores as you will generally get a better price than buying elsewhere and
if you do find you need help from a professional, you can simply get
their recommendations and buy the products elsewhere to save money.

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Hey {!name},
QUOTE: All through the long winter, I dream of my garden.
On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth.
I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar
- Helen Hayes

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There is nothing quite like a good condition, well maintained lawn to set
off your garden.
It's the finishing touch, just like a frame around a painting.

Preparation when the lawn is first laid can make maintenance a whole lot
easier and the finished result will look better too.

Simple things like making sure the ground is even will make mowing and
walking on it easier.
Irrigation and drainage are also of vital importance and will extend the
time during the year when you will be able to enjoy your lawn.

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In the winter a poorly drained lawn can get muddy and pond with water
which will mean you won't be able to walk on it, or worse still, it could
stop you from gaining easy access to parts of your garden.

The lie of the land will also affect the runoff from the lawn that could
cause damage to the plants in your garden.

Good drainage can make all the difference to both your lawn and the
surrounding garden and as these drainage systems are relatively cheap it
is a wise investment to take the time to install them.

With the various different systems that are available, there will be
something to suit almost any lawn whether it is prior to getting laid or
improving a lawn that is already established.

In particularly hot and dry climates the lawn will need to be irrigated
to remain looking good when there is a shortage of rainfall.

Sprinkler systems are available for a few dollars, up to expensive,
hidden, automated systems that are virtually set and forget.

Regular sprinkling over the summer months can make the difference been a
lush green lawn and brown patches that will greet a shortage of water.

And who wants prickles on their lawn?
In summer there is nothing better than to wander around your lawn in bare
feet and feel the soft grass beneath you.
On the other hand, there is nothing worse than walking off the grass to
find that you have a few dozen prickles in your feet.

Now that is one area that every lawn owner should concentrate on.
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Subject: {!name} - Lawn Improvements

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God,
nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the
blank earth and the result thereof
- Julie Moir Messervy

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As well as drainage and irrigation there are other areas that can enhance
your lawn and make it look more beautiful and more enjoyable.

Regular mowing, catching of the grass clippings and also rolling will
help to maintain the condition of your lawn.

There are people who believe that cutting the lawn at particular phases
of the moon can slow it's growth and increase the time between mowing.
There doesn't appear to be any evidence to support this but there is no
harm in trying.
If you are interested in experimenting on your own lawn try mowing during
the waxing or full moon.
Just don't do it while the neighbors are sleeping:-)

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Getting rid of insects in the lawn will help with its condition and this
can be achieved with the use of insecticides that are commonly sold
through garden stores or better still with the use of natural methods.

Using natural methods is the healthiest solution as it won't affect
children and pets and more often than not the natural methods work better
for longer than the insecticides.

Without the toxic contents that are used in the commercial insecticides
you will be happier to walk on the lawn and know that you won't be
putting any of the residue into your system.

Some people still use soap as a natural insecticide in the garden but you
need to be careful that you are using the correct soap, as some household
soaps can be harmful to plants.
Obviously you won't want to be flooding your lawn with soapy water and in
fact this is banned in many areas where soap can cause problems if it
enters in to the waterways.

More and more insecticides are also getting banned so it makes sense to
look at the natural alternatives that are available.

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Subject: {!name} - Leaf Scorch

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and
the soil and sky as canvas
- Elizabeth Murray

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When you notice yellowing or browning on the leaves of your plants then
it's quite possible you have leaf scorch.
It generally begins on the edges or the tips of the leaves and eventually
will cover the whole of the leaf.
Sometimes the leaves will fall off.

It is usually caused by winds and particularly those winds that are hot
and dry.
It will also happen with salt laden winds that can occur if you are
living close to the sea.

Often you will only notice this condition on one side of the plant and
that will be the side that is exposed most to the winds.
Creating shelter will help to reduce the damage that the wind will cause.
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Another reason why you might get leaf scorch will be through the
application of excessive amounts of fertilizer.

There is no treatment for the leaves that have already been damaged other
than to remove them from the plant and try to solve the problem before
the rest of the plant suffers.

Other than providing a windbreak, you should ensure that the plant gets
sufficient water, particularly in the dry season and always follow the
instructions on the fertilizer packets to ensure you aren't giving your
plants too much fertilizer.

You might also need to consider moving the plant to a better position
that is less exposed.

Yellow or golden leaved plants are usually more susceptible to leaf
scorch than other plants and you might find that the plant you have
chosen, that is suffering from leaf scorch, might not be suitable for the
climate you are trying to grow it in.

If this is so, then the only alternative will be to replace that plant
with something that is a little hardier.
If you live on a coastal property you need to consider the affect that
the salt wind will have on plants and chose accordingly.

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Subject: {!name} - Making the Most of Any Soil

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Gardening is a kind of disease.
It infects you, you cannot escape it.
When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the
serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up
and pull a weed.
- Lewis Gannit

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It's not what you start with when it comes to th e quality of the soil in
your garden, but the results you have when the preparation has finished
that really matters.
With the correct information and procedures you can make any soil fertile
but the key factor here is getting the right information in the first
place.

Even poor quality soil can be improved to the extent that you can have a
lush garden.

Planning your garden ahead of planting will make all the difference as
you will be able to get proper drainage sorted out while also allowing
for good water and nutrient retention.

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Digging the soil will give you a good feel for it's quality and allow you
to look at factors such as the density of the soil and whether it needs
breaking up to allow for more water, air and nutrients to be retained
within it.
The types of plants you intend to have in your garden will determine what
you will need to do with the soil, as some plants thrive in heavy
conditions, such as those found in clay soils, whereas other plant roots
will struggle to get through anything other than light sandy soils.

Mixing in compost, sand, and other grades of soil when you are digging
your garden can change the structure considerably.
Having additional information from pH test kits will also ensure you have
the right balance of lime in your garden.

You might need to add fertilizer to get the quality of the land up to
suitable levels for planting but almost any soil can be made fit with the
right preparation.

Consider raising the garden beds where the ground is particularly poor or
where there could be problems with drainage.

Light sandy soils will have space for air, water and nutrients but the
nutrients can get washed away easily leaving the plants to suffer.
Heavy clay soils can hold the nutrients better but the roots of the
plants might have trouble getting to them.
Clay soils can also become waterlogged or alternatively in hot dry
weather they can become very hard, cracked and dry.

The climate will play a big part in determining how you prepare your
soil.

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Subject: {!name} - Moss

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Gardening requires lots of water...
Most of it in the form of perspiration
- Lou Erickson

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If you have moss on your lawn then this can be a sign of two main
problems.
Either you have a drainage problem or poor nutrition.

With moss on your lawn you will need to remove as much of the moss as
possible before you start to take action to prevent it from coming back
again.

Aerating the lawn will help to solve the problem.
There are various ways that this can be done.

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The best way to aerate your lawn is with a coring machine that actually
pulls small plugs of approximately 2 inches from the lawn.
It is possible to hire these machines or get a professional to do the job
for you.
Alternatively you can aerate your lawn by using a garden fork and
punching holes throughout the affected area.
This can be quite time consuming and tiring.

Another way to improve your lawn is to rake the lawn vigorously, and in
doing so you will be removing the moss and any old grass clippings and
other debris that is lying around.
This procedure is called scarifying.
You can then use a lawn specific moss killer to kill off any moss that is
left.
It is important that you get a moss specifically formulated for lawns as
ordinary moss killers can also kill your lawn.

As the moss dies it will turn black and the lawn might look unsightly for
a while but once the moss has died you can scarify it again to remove the
dead matter.

Scarifying the lawn will allow the water and fertilizer to reach the
roots of the grass and improve the quality of your lawn.

In areas of your property where there is little or no sunlight and quite
a lot of dampness, you might need to consider if it would be better to
transform it into a garden that will cope better with the conditions than
lawn.

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Subject: {!name} - Moving Plants

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are
- Alfred Austin

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While winter is the ideal time to move plants they can be successfully
moved at any time throughout the year provided care is taken.

Smaller plants, under three feet high, are the easiest to move.
The first step is to trim the plant by about one third.
The next step is to dig the plant out ensuring that the root ball is
approximately the same diameter as the plant.
The plant can then be transplanted in the new po sition in the garden and
the soil around it firmed.

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The procedure with bigger plants in the 3-foot to 5-foot range is much
the same but will take a little more time.
Once you have dug around the plant to a depth of approximately 1 to 1 1/2
feet, you should leave it for a week before finishing the removal.
After a week ease the plant out by digging under the roots and trim off
long or damaged roots before transplanting.

For bigger plants and trees the procedure gets a little more involved.
The first step is to dig down deeply on two sides of the plant, through
the roots at the drip line.
The plant should then be left for a week or two before the same procedure
is repeated on the other two sides of the plant.
As with the smaller plants you will need to trim the plant back by about
one third before starting.
After having dug around all sides of the plant you should wait another
couple of weeks before digging under the roots.
Again, you will need to trim off long or damaged roots in preparation for
the transplant.

Let another week or two pass before removing the plant and wrapping the
root ball with Hessian to protect the roots.

You should have already prepared a new hole that will be slightly bigger
than the root ball of the plant you are replacing.
Add compost, mix and slow release fertilizer before transplanting the
plant.
Top up the soil and water it well.
Provided you have taken good care along the way the plant should settle
in to its new location without any problems.

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Subject: {!name} - Mulch

Hey {!name},
QUOTE: What is a weed?
A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered
- Emerson

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Soil is a main food supply for your plants but sometimes plants need a
little more help and that can be in the form of fertilizer or mulch.

Mulch is great for plants, simply because you are turning something that
would normally be thrown out as waste into a food supply and a very
effective one at that.

Mulch will help to maintain moisture in the soil and reduce the weeds in
the garden too.

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Generally you should use mulch in damp weather so the plants will have
sufficient moisture in the soil.
If you are using mulch in dry conditions make sure you water the soil
first to retain some moisture as it will be harder for any water to get
to the roots of your plants through the covering of mulch.

Mulch keeps the soil moist but it can also stop the soil getting moist if
the water can't penetrate.

If you are using lawn clippings for mulch make sure you haven't used any
chemicals on the lawn prior to cutting, that could have a detrimental
affect on your plants.

If you leave the clippings to rot this will ofte n reduce any side effects
that these chemicals might have on your plants.

Lawn clippings can also generate a lot of heat so spread them around
lightly in thin layers and don't smother your plants with it.

There are many different things that can be used for mulch, from lawn
clippings and plant cuttings to straw, hay and bark.

All those autumn leaves that are blowing around your property can make
good mulch but they really need to be left to rot before being used, as
they can be quite acidic if used too soon.

If in doubt with anything you are using for mulch, leave it to rot and
you can be sure it will be better for your garden.

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Subject: {!name} - Nutrient Deficiency

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: On every stem, on every leaf ... and at the root of everything
that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub,
caterpillar, aphis, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that
particular part
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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There are many different symptoms that can show where there has been a
nutrient deficiency in a plant.
Because all plants respond differently to a lack of nutrients it is not
always easy to determine whether it is a deficiency or something else
that is causing the changes to the plant.

Where you see abnormal leaf coloring, where the leaf has turned a pale
yellow or changed to a paler color than normal, and the veins of the leaf
are green, then this can be a sign of nutrient deficiency.

If the leaves are smaller than normal, or any part of the plant is
showing signs of stunted growth, then this is a sure sign of a nutrient
deficiency.

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There are other signs such as brown blotches on the leaves, but this can
also be leaf scorch so you need to consider the conditions that the plant
is growing in to help analyze blotchy leaves.

If the leaves are showing tones of blue or purple that can be another
sign to look out for.

To assist the plant, you should apply a soluble fertilizer, as this will
have the fastest effect on its possible recovery.

You will need to check the pH of the soil to see that it is correct and
take the appropriate action to remedy the situation if it is out of
balance.
The nutrients might be in the soil but without the correct pH balance the
plant won't be able to make use of them.
Testing can be done with a simple and inexpensive test kit that you can
buy from garden stores.

Make sure that the plants you are growing are compatible with the soil
that you are growing them in and adjust the type of soil accordingly if
you don't want to replace them with plants that can flourish in those
conditions.

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Subject: {!name} - Paving and Walkways

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Every garden-maker should be an artist along his own lines. That
is the only possible way to create a garden, irespective of size or
wealth
- Vita Sackville-West

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Laying good paving and walkways around your garden can add considerably
to the number of months during the year when you will be able to enjoy
your garden and whether or not you will be able to work in it.

During the wet season, unless you have suitable areas to walk without the
ground turning to mush and mud, you won't be able to access your garden
to do the necessary maintenance.

Paving can also add to the style of your garden by adding a border that
will set off the plants.
It also allows you to add drainage and redirect water that could end up
flowing into the garden and causing damage to the plants by letting them
get waterlogged.

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Paving is also a good alternative for people who don't like mowing lawn
as it is virtually maintenance free if it has been prepared and laid
correctly.

Another advantage of paving is the fact that you can transport all your
garden needs around the garden more easily when you have a firm surface
to run wheel barrows and trolleys on.

You can also place garden furniture on paving if you allow for a little
more area and this will enhance your outdoor living space, allowing for
excellent and dry entertaining areas throughout the year.

You can get paving quite cheap particularly if you use second hand
materials such as bricks.
While this might not sound very appealing, secondhand bricks already have
that chipped and weathered look that can look really good when laid as a
path and can often blend in with the garden better than new pavers.

One thing that you will need to consider when laying pavers, and
particularly when using seconds, is to ensure that the walking surface
doesn't have any areas where someone might trip and fall when they are
walking.

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Subject: {!name} - Planting By the Moon

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: A garden is never so good as it will be next yea r
- Thomas Cooper

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As plants are approximately 90% water, it is believed by many gardeners
that all planting should be done according to the phases of the moon.

The moon affects the movement of water on the earth and this is their
reason for believing that the moon also has an effect on the growth
patterns of plants.

Some people also believe that by planting according to the lunar cycles
you will get tastier fruits from your plants and bigger, more vibrant
colors from their flowers.

While many people don't follow this idea of planting according to the
moon, it is surprising to see that there are a lot of people who will
still follow the suggestions of recommended planting times even though
they are skeptical.

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There are some grounds to believe that the moon does affect the growth of
plants, and quite apart from the aspect of the gravitational pull and the
relationship to the movement of the water, there is the added belief that
the amount of light that the moon emits during it's changing phases has a
greater effect than some people first thought.

As plants are extremely responsive to the changes in light, which is
called photoperiodism, it is correct to assume that the light from the
moon could influence growing patterns.
Plants have been shown to respond to light levels that are lower than
those experienced during a full moon so changes in moonlight would have
an affect on them.

It is possible to buy calendars specifically for gardeners where the
various planting times are listed for the different types of plants
throughout the year according to the phases of the moon.
You might not believe the affect this can have on your garden but there
is certainly no harm to plant by these suggestions.
You might just have a bumper crop in doing so.

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Subject: {!name} - Plants from Cuttings

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always
optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look
forward to doing something better than they have ever done before
- Vita Sackville-West

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One of the most cost effective ways of getting plants for your garden is
from cuttings off other plants.

Many people avoid trying to grow plants from cuttings assuming it is too
difficult.
If you know what to do it isn't quite as hard as many people believe.

When you take a cutting off the plant that you want to grow, make sure it
is approximately the length of a pencil.

You will then need to remove all but the top two leaves on the cutting.
If the cutting is from a large leaf plant you should also consider
removing another leaf from the top to ensure there isn't too much leaf
for the cutting.

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You will find where to cut the plant by looking at the stem.
Where there is swelling on the stem, these are called nodes and this is
where the growth of the plant occurs.
You should always cut below a node when taking your cutting.

Once you have a good cutting you should treat it with a suitable hormone
formulation.
There are different types of hormone formulations specifically for the
various types of plants and you will need to match the correct hormone
with the plant cuttings you are growing.
Your garden center can help with this.

Dip approximately 1/2 inch of the bottom of the stem into the correct
hormone and then insert the stem into a suitable rooting medium.
This rooting medium can be a mixture of pumice and sand for good results.

Compact the mix lightly around the stem to hold it in place.

If you cut the top off a clear plastic drink bottle it will act as a mini
hot house once turned upside down and placed over the plant.

This will help raise the temperature inside and stimulate growth.
After about a month your cutting will have roots and you will be able to
remove it and pot it as you would any other plant.

It really is quite simple once you know what to do.

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Subject: {!name} - Plants Have a Mind of Their Own

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: If I'm ever reborn, I want to be a gardener?
There's too much to do for one lifetime!
- Karl Forester

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Plants are a lot cleverer than we might think.
If you are aware of the changes that occur with the plants in the garden,
you can sometimes predict everything from the coming weather to the
changing of the seasons without ever having to consult the weather charts
or your diary.

The weather can, however trick flowers into 'thinking' there has been a
change in the weather or even the season.

This can be seen when there is unseasonal hot weather after a cold snap
in winter.
Plants can 'assume' that it is the start of Spring and bulbs will start
flowering.

In recent years many areas throughout the world have experienced
unseasonal weather and extremes of weather and this has caused many
problems for people growing crops.

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Creating sheltered areas on your property can help you to control your
plants and ensure that you get the flowers or fruits when you expect them
to be ready.
This will also help you to reduce damage that might occur from conditions
such as hail or heavy rain.

Shading plants can also create a false reduction in daylight hours, which
will affect the plants growth patterns as they measure the seasons by the
amount of daylight.

Hothouses can create a false environment and this can be beneficial if
you want to produce plants throughout the year for flowers or fruit.

Temperature can be adjusted to control the plant growth and to a lesser
extent this can also be done by the placement of your plants in various
different positions on your property depending on their exposure to
sunlight, wind, cold and rain.

Designing your garden by taking into account all these factors will allow
you to read your plants mind in advance, allowing you to get what you
want, when you want from your garden.

It will allow you to plan the progression of plants f rom one season to
the next.

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Subject: {!name} - Potting Big Plants

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: One of the most important resources that a garden makes available
for use, is the gardener's own body.
A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support.
It is a way of rejoining the human race
- Wendell Berry

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Big pots can make an impressive statement in any garden, particularly if
they have big healthy plants in them.
Many trees will grow well in big pots provided they have sufficient room
for their roots.

To ensure their good health you should always buy the best quality
outdoor potting mix.

The bigger the pot you buy the better, within reason for the size of the
plant you intend having in the pot and also provided your budget can
stretch that far.
This will ensure your plant won't out grow the pot too soon or at all.

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If you will need to remove the plant/tree as it grows bigger, you should
take special care in selecting a pot that is shaped in such a manner that
the contents will be able to be removed without having to break the pot.

Tapered pots will make this easier whereas pots that are wider in the
middle than the top can present problems if the roots have spread out.

Don't fill the pot to the top with potting mix, as this won't leave any
room for effective watering.

You should also feed your potted tree with some slow release fertilizer
two or three times a year to ensure it is getting good nutrition.

Plants in pots can dry out and not get enough moisture so it is also a
wise move to give them some water storage crystals and a wetting agent.
This will help to maintain the moisture content in the soil.

If the pot is in the sun it will need more water, depending on the type
of plant you have in the pot.

Darker colored pots will also attract more heat and this can affect the
growth of your plant so you need to consider where the pot will be to
ensure there is sufficient sun light and also enough water for it to
survive.

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Subject: {!name} - Pruning

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: When gardeners garden, it is not just plants that grow, but the
gardeners themselves.
- Ken Druse

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Most plants will remain healthier and stronger if they are pruned
occasionally.

Trees will bear more fruit if they are pruned and plants such as roses
will have more blossoms and not become 'woody' if they are pruned
correctly.

Bushes and hedges can also benefit from pruning as this can reduce or
eliminate the possibility of diseases and problems with pests.

By removing the old growth you will allow new growth to flourish as new
shoots are allowed to come through.
For many people pruning is a hobby or an art form where they can create
interesting shapes with their plants.
This is made easier when done on plants that have smaller more tightly
bunched leaves.

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For most of us however pruning is all about controlling and improvi ng the
health and condition of our plants.
By removing the dead wood and those parts of the plants that are
struggling to survive we are allowing the nutrients to be used better by
the rest of the plant.

You should always use sharp pruning shears to en sure you make clean cuts.
Look for areas of plants that show signs of fungal infection and remove
those first.

You can thin out plants to allow more air to flow through them by
reducing the incidence of fungus and rot.

Topping trees and trimming hedges will help them to 'thicken out' with
more lush foliage and stop them getting 'woody'

Some plants thrive better when they get regular pruning while helping to
maintain their shape and condition.

With summer plants it is best to prune them in the winter when they are
dormant.
If by chance they flower early the pruning should be left until after
they have flowered.

The more pruning you do the more you will get a feel for what is required
but if in doubt seek the advice of a garden professional.

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Subject: {!name} - Seaweed for the Garden

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: I have found, through years of practice, that people garden in
order to make something grow; to interact with nature; to share, to find
sanctuary, to heal, to honor the earth, to leave a mark.
Through gardening, we feel whole as we make our personal work of art upon
our land.
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One of the best soil conditioners you can get   for your garden is seaweed.
What makes seaweed even better for the garden   is the fact that it doesn't
need to cost you anything if you are prepared   to collect it when it gets
washed up on the beach, or alternatively from   the surface of the water
when you are out in a boat.

If you don't live near a beach then you can still get the benefits of
seaweed in your garden by buying dried seaweed in very affordable packs
from garden centers.

This is the most convenient way to use seaweed on the garden, as it has
already been prepared in a state that allows you to spread it evenly
throughout the garden.
There is the added benefit that the seaweed sold in the stores doesn't
smell as much as the seaweed that you would collect from the beach.
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Seaweed is also very good as a plant stimulant.
It is particularly good for people who are reluctant to use any types of
chemicals on the garden, as seaweed is completely safe for the plants,
people and also for pets.

Many people are unaware that seaweed is also used commercially as it has
proven to be a very powerful soil conditioner and in many tests has
worked better than some of the manufactured soil conditioners that are
commonly sold on the market.

By buying dried seaweed from garden centers you can be assured of the
quality and consistency of the product and you can expect results while
having the convenience of it being readily available when needed by being
able to store it until required.

Seaweed has been used for centuries in gardens around the world and is
becoming more popular as people are looking for alternative natural
products in preference to chemicals based products.

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Subject: {!name} - Small Spaces in the Garden

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Always try to grow in your garden some plant or plants out of t he
ordinary, something your neighbors never attempted. For you can receive
no greater flattery than to have a gardener of equal intelligence stand
before your plant and ask, "What is that?"
- Richardson Wright

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There are often small spaces in the garden that are left abandoned simply
because we can't think of anything to do with them.

This doesn't have to be the case as almost any area can be enhanced with
a little thought and planning.

Simply adding a garden seat can add to the enjoyment you can get from a
garden as it offers a quite place to rest and relax and look at the
beauty of your work.

Replacing a wet area with some paving and adding a pot or two can
transform an unused area into some place that you and your friends will
like to visit.

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Even adding a water feature or a pond for fish will make areas like this
a focal point of the garden.

There are so many things that can be done to almost any area of any
garden that you are only limited by your imagination.

Careful design can make an area look bigger than it is or lead you on to
other areas of interest in the garden.

Color choices in the surrounding plants will also determine the
atmosphere that area will create for you.
We need these small areas of the garden that are tucked away to
compliment the bigger spaces and add a degree of interest to the overall
plan.

There are other alternatives if you don't want the focus to be taken away
from the main planting and this might mean that the area will be used
better for hiding away an implements shed or, provided it is in a sunny
position you might decide to use the space for a greenhouse.

Sometimes, with a little thought, these spaces on your property c an
become your favorite places, rather than something that you would prefer
to forget about.

And if you can't think of anything whatsoever to do with such a space,
then it sounds like it would be an ideal place to have a compost: -)

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Subject: {!name} - Succulents

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.
My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.
The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as
beautiful.
- Abram L. Urban

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To ensure that your succulents get the very best in growing conditions,
particularly if you are growing them in pots, you will need to buy good
quality specially formulated succulent mix.
This is generally the same type mix that you would also use for growing
cacti.

Slow release fertilizer will help them to remain healthier by supplying
them with necessary nutrients throughout the year and the best time to
give them this fertilizer is in spring.

They will grow better when exposed to the full sun as they don't like
frosts.
Over the summer months you will need to give them sufficient water and
that will generally be once or twice a week.

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Over the winter months they should get enough water to only need watering
once a month.
Obviously you will need to adjust this depending on the climate they are
growing in but that is a general guideline to follow.

When you water your succulents you should avoid wetting their foliage.

They are fairly maintenance free and can add color to pots where you are
growing larger trees.
They also make a nice looking ground cover that will reduce the amount of
weeds depending on the type of succulent you choose.

Placed in multi colored pots, succulents can look quite impressive with
contrasting colors in designer gardens and courtyards.

They are excellent for smaller pots where they can add color and life to
patios and decks provided they get sufficient sunlight.
They make an ideal plant for the busy apartment dweller where there is
only minimal outdoor area and not enough room for larger plants.

They can also withstand winds that might damage other plants grown in
these conditions.
They are the ideal plant to have in window boxes and come in many
different varieties, colors, shapes and sizes.

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Subject: {!name} - Testing the pH of your soil
Hey {!name},

QUOTE: The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.
- Chinese Proverb

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It is easy to test the pH of the soil in your garden with the use of a
simple and inexpensive test kit.
All you need to do with the test kit is take a sample of the soil and mix
it with water and then compare the results in the sample to the colors on
the chart.
This will tell you whether the soil is acidic or alkaline.

If the soil is too acidic you can add lime to bring it back into balance.
If on the other hand there is too much lime and the pH reading is high
you can add more compost to reduce the levels of the lime in the soil.

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Soil that is slightly acidic tends to be more fertile.

Old gardeners used to use a simple taste test to determine the condition
of the soil.
This method isn't recommended but it can be quite accurate.

If the soil tastes sour then it is likely to be acid. This is also
represented by a sour smell.

Vinegar is another way to test whether there is enough lime in the soil,
as lime will cause the vinegar to bubble.
Drop some soil into a cup of vinegar and if it starts to bubble then you
know there is enough lime in the soil.

For the low cost of a pH tester, you will get a lot more accurate reading
and this will allow you to easily monitor the condition of your soils and
adjust the nutrients accordingly rather than guessing what is needed and
not having optimum nutrition.

You should also take samples at different points throughout your garden,
as there can be changes in the soil from one area to the next depending
on what has been added over the years and what has been growing in the
various sections of the garden.

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Subject: {!name} - The Right Stuff

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: In the hope of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that
blossom at their feet.
- Albert Schweitzer

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One of the most important rules of creating a garden is to ensure that
you have the right plants for the right place.

There are many plants that will suffer if they aren't growing in
conditions that are suited to them and by planting in these conditions
you will always be fighting a battle to have them looking their best
simply because they will always be struggling to survive.
If you have a specific theme that you would like to follow when planni ng
your garden and that theme doesn't suit the growing conditions you only
have two alternatives and they are;
You can change the plants you intend using to something more suitable but
still in keeping with your overall theme or you can change the conditi ons
that the plants will be growing in.

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While it is not possible to change the climate, you can make changes to
the layout of the garden and surrounding area to create your own 'micro-
climate' with other plants or trees offering shading or shelter.

You can plant windbreaks or construct them to reduce the effect that the
wind might have on some of the more fragile plants.

If you are looking for color in your garden but the plants you prefer
would suffer in the conditions your garden presents, then look for
alternative plants that can offer the same color but are more suited to
those conditions.

By using plants that are more suited to the conditions, they will thrive
better and require a lot less maintenance while still giving you the
'look' you require.

It's all about getting your planning right before you even buy the first
plants.
If the plan is well executed the garden will look better, be easier to
maintain and you will enjoy ownership more so than a garden that is a
constant struggle.

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Subject: {!name} - Themes in Your Garden

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Who would have thought it possible that a tiny little flower could
preoccupy a person so completely that there simply wasn't room for any
other thought....
- Sophie Scholl

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It is good to have a theme that you can follow throughout your garden and
work on a plan and a selection of plants that will go along with that
theme.

By having a theme to follow this will dictate, not only the types of
plants that you will be buying, but also anything else that you put in
the garden.
This will include everything from sculptures and garden furniture, to the
colors of the pots that you will choose.

While some people might think this is restricting their freedom of
creation, it does in fact allow you to create a garden that has more
freedom of flow rather than being disjointed with a variety of different
themes that never quite gel together.

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Sometimes the theme of your garden will be determined by the style of the
house that you have on the property, and other times it will be
determined by the geographical location that you are living in.
If for instance you are living near a beach, you will probably want the
theme to tie in with the beach setting.
By doing this you are likely to get plants for your garden that are more
appropriate and will endure the conditions that they will be growing in.

Plants that are suitable for growing in coastal areas will be able to
withstand the winds and the salt of the sea air that could quickly damage
other plants that aren't suitable for those conditions.

Likewise it wouldn't look quite as appropriate to have a tropical garden
with palms where a cottage garden would compliment the style of the
house.

And tropical plants are not going to flourish as well in cold harsh
climates so there are many factors that need to be taken into account
when deciding on your garden theme.

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Subject: {!name} - Topiary

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: I don't know whether nice people tend to grow roses or growing
roses makes people nice.
- Roland A Beowne

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Topiary can be a lot of fun if you have an imagination and some patience.
Topiary is the art of shaping trees and shrubs into shapes of all types
and sizes.

There have been some quite outstanding topiary shapes created by garden
artists over the years and many people get pleasure from practicing this
art in home gardens across the country.

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While it is not quite as popular as it once was it is still something
that can create a focal point in any garden and is an alternative to
other forms of garden sculpture.

If you decide to try your hand at topiary you will need to have the right
plants for the job.

The best plants to use are those that are evergreen.
The plants should also have small leaves and the foliage should be as
dense as possible to make shaping easier and the final result will look
more professional.

From there it is time to start shaping the plant using your cutting
shears.

As this is generally done freehand it can take some time to get the
experience needed to create even lines and curves.
Until you have the experience to do this, many people use shaped wires to
assist as a guide.

You will need to be patient and only cut off small amounts while you let
the shape develop, as a cut too large will result in delays while the
plant grows back again.
There is an alternative method that some people use in their garden where
the shape is already determined by the use of a wire cage and plants such
as ivy are left to grow over the wire giving the impression that it is
topiary.

This is the easy alternative but you will have to wait for the ivy to
completely cover the cage before you have the desired effect.
The benefit of using this method is the fact that you have a lot more
control over the shape of the structure and there is less skill involved
other than creating the wire cage.

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Subject: {!name} - Understanding Soil

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.
- Indian Proverb

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Understanding the role that soil plays in the garden is one of the best
assets that you can have as a gardener.
It is this knowledge that will allow you to create a healthier
environment for your plants and get the maximum benefits from them.

In doing so, you will also make your own life easier, as a garden that is
well managed from the soil up, is a garden that is a lot easier to
manage, from one day to the next.

A garden that has good soil that has been fed with good nutrition over
time will make growing almost anything easy for even the least
experienced gardener.

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So how to you get good soil?
First you need to consider how plants grow and how they get their
nutrition and that is through their roots.
Therefore, in order for the plants to grow well, they need to be in soil
that allows their roots to get to the nutrition.
Obviously compact ground with little water, little air and poor nutrition
will not produce the best plants.

Plants need water and air and this requires soil that has sp aces to hold
this air and water.
Therefore soil that is aerated will generally produce a better garden.
Once again it is all about balance, as soil that is too crumbly might not
hold the nutrients as well, where the water might wash them away.
The soil also needs to be firm enough to support the growth of the plant
otherwise it will topple over at the first sign of a wind.

The soil needs to have suitable nutrients and if any of these nutrients
are out of balance, the pH scale that measures whether the soil is acidic
or alkaline, will show why they are having difficulty absorbing the
nutrients.

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Subject: {!name} - Water Logging Your Plants

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.
- Kozuko Okakura

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If you give your plants excess water or have poor drainage you will run
the risk of water logging them

This will cause the leaves to go a yellow or brown color and they will
usually drop off.
When plants start getting waterlogged the leaves at the bottom of the
plant will be affected first.
By the time the upper leaves of the plant start turning yellow and brown
you have a real problem.

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The problem arises because of the fact that plants need air as well as
water around their roots to survive and with excessive watering the air
pockets in the soil are filled with water.
Without this air the roots of the plant will begin to die and as the
roots are needed to supply the plant with the necessary nutrients to
survive, the plant begins to die from the bottom up.
That is why you see the lower leaves getting affected first.

To remedy the situation you will need to allow the soil to dry out to
reduce the water content.
If the plant is in a container you will need to check to see whether
there are sufficient drainage holes to allow excess water to escape.

If the soil has become compacted from all the water it is best to remove
the plant and give it some new soil.

Often when plants begin to wilt they can appear to be lacking water when
the opposite is the case so it is best to check the moisture content of
the soil before assuming the plant needs more water.

When watering the plants allow the soil to dry out completely, or
partially between watering to reduce the chance of them getting
waterlogged.
Try to improve the drainage of the soil for plants in the garden and even
consider raising the garden for better water control.

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Subject: {!name} - Watering Your Plants

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Don't count the days, make the days count
- Anonymous

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Plants are approximately 90% water and therefore it is essential that
they get enough water to survive.
Gardening is all about balance and that applies to the amount of water
your plants need to stay healthy.

Over watering can be as harmful as not giving them enough water.
The soil that the plants are growing in is a big factor in the amount of
water that you should be giving them.
If the soil is heavy and doesn't drain well you will need to give them
less water or they could get water logged and the roots can rot.
If the soil is a lot freer draining then you might need to water a little
more often.

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Too much water can reduce the plants ability to draw oxygen and nutrients
from the soil and this is as essential to their growth as the water.

Gentle watering is better than heavy watering with a hose as the higher
pressure of the hose can cause the soil to turn to mud.
Once the soil dries out again it will become solidified.
This compacting of the soil after heavy watering makes it more difficult
for the plants to grow.

Soakers are a good method of watering provided the flow of water is not
too great.

Soakers are also excellent when using a timed irrigation system so that
the plants get sufficient water when you are away and particularly in the
hotter months of the year when the soil tends to dry out more often.

If you are using timed irrigation you will need to adjust the timing and
the flow of water according to the seasons and always make changes when
there have been unseasonal changes to the weather that will require extra
care for the plants.

Once again, plants need the human touch to maintain that balance.

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Subject: {!name} - Weed Killer Damage

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would ever get done
- Anonymous

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If by chance you are using a weed killer and it accidentally gets on to
your plants you should hose it off immediately.
The sooner you can do this the less chance of damage affecting the
condition of your plant.

Sometimes while we are spraying elsewhere a wind can carry the spray to
other plants and it won't be until sometime later that the damage from
this appears.

This damage will appear as leaves that have become smaller, narrowed and
twisted.

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Once this damage is seen there is nothing that can be done other than to
remove the damaged portions of the plant and hope that more damage will
not occur over the following days.
Often a plant will recover if it has only received a light residual
amount of weed killer that has blown over from a breeze.
It really depends on how much weed killer it was exposed to and how big,
or how durable the plant it.
Some plants are a lot more susceptible to weed killer than others and
only a small amount of exposure to this will be enough to kill the plant.

You really need to take care when using weed killer to ensure that none
of it drifts to areas where it shouldn't be.
Only use weed killer when there is no wind and hold the sprayer close to
the weeds so it will only go on them and nowhere else.

It is also wise to have dedicated containers for weed killer and other
sprays in the garden as residual weed killer left in a container that you
would use for other things in the garden could ruin your plants.
If it is not possible to have more than one container for poison and
another for other garden sprays then you should always ensure that you
clean it thoroughly after use to remove all the poison.

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Subject: {!name} - Where To Put Your Garden

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: All good work is done the way ants do things:
Little by little.
- Lafcadio Hearn

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Generally the location   of your garden will be determined by many factors
that cannot be changed   such as the location of any buildings on the
property.
Aside from the obvious   constraints that you will need to work with, you
will also need to take   other factors into consideration.

These factors will include the lie of the land, where the land is shaded
or how much sun it gets during the day, the view from the rooms of the
house, privacy factors and more.

Before the first plant goes into the garden you need to have a plan of
what you want and what you want the garden to do for you in terms of
display, privacy, shade etc.

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Without a plan the garden won't have a cohesive flow and that will show
when the plants have matured.

You will also need to consider irrigation and drainage as these will
determine how well you will be able to manage the soil and whether you
will be able to supply the plants with the necessary nutrients over time.

Your decisions might even determine whether your plants will survive and
as some plants can be quite expensive, you need to get your research
right from the start.

You might even need to consider the proximity of the plants on your
neighbors side of the fence as these can also affect the growth of your
garden if they are shading your property from the sun, or their roots are
taking the nutrition from your soil.

When buying plants, also consider their height when mature as a large
tree blocking the view can actually devalue your property.

Once you have a good plan that is well thought out for the long term of
your garden you will be ready to start digging, and that's when the fun
starts.

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Subject: {!name} - Which Ones are the Weeds?

Hey {!name},

QUOTE: Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
- Henry Ford

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I have always wondered who ever determined what was a weed and what was a
flower.
There are some delightful looking weeds that grow in the garden even when
we don't want them to be there.

I guess the best explanation of what represents a weed, and what
represents a flower is, a weed is a plant that is growing somewhere that
it shouldn't be.

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I'm sure that if we started planting these plants that we call weeds, the
ones that we call flowers now would start sprouting up everywhere.
I have known people who will happily leave weeds in t he garden if they
think their color and style will add to the variety of their garden.

More often than not however, we fight the never-ending battle to
eradicate these unwanted residents from our gardens only to have them
grow back faster than ever.

Adding a covering of mulch will help to reduce the return of weeds.
Another method that helps is to lay dampened newspaper on the ground
before covering it with mulch. This is very effective.

The problem with weeds is the fact that many of these plants are better
at seeking out the nutrients in the soil and by doing so they are using
the goodness that we want for the plants that we choose to have in the
garden.

Many weeds also attract insects to the garden that can affect the
condition of other plants.

No matter how diligent we are at removing weeds from the garden they will
always reappear as their seeds are transported by insects, the wind, and
even on the clothing and shoes that we wear.

Replanting from one garden to another can easily introd uce new weeds so
it is always important to check the soil and the roots of the plants that
you are moving to ensure you aren't transplanting weeds also.

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