Saving water might not seem a priority at the moment, but if a half-decent, warm summer ever does arrive, then every drop will count. Thanks to its innovative yet simple design, the RainCan is easy to fill from an outdoor or indoor tap and, if left outside on a wet day, will collect more rainwater than your average watering can.…
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It is easy to grow an avocado house plant by rooting the stone of a shop-bought avocado pear. It’s a bit of fun too… AG gardening editor Kris Collins shows how to do it:
1) Holding the stone (often referred to as a ‘pit’) with its narrow- or pointed-side up, stick four toothpicks into the middle section at even intervals. They…
Best buy 19/20
Darlac telescopic knife £12
Tel. 01753 547790 or www. darlac.com
Telescopic aluminium shaft and stainless steel head, secured by two screws. Length adjusts from 321/2in -481/2in (83cm – 123cm).
Twist locking mechanism can set the length at any point. Has two very sharp blades, one on the vertical, the other in the curve of the hook. Plastic grip handle.
If slugs are a continual problem but you don’t want to go down the route of using pellets then a chemical free approach is called for. From slug “pubs” to copper strips there are a few on the market to choose from now and, as the weather warms up, decisions need to be made.
Slug Barricade from Darlac is not only…
Best buy 19/20
£104.90 (inc p&p)
Tel. 0845 3710518
Acacia wood frame, polycarbonate glazing and steel fittings.
The Acacia wood is kiln-dried and the glazing is twin-skinned. Measures: 3ft 2in (100cm) wide x 231/2in (60cm) wide x 153/4in (40cm) high at the back. Has a micro-adjustable lid for ventilation and watering.
Light and easy enough to move around and looked…
Keep bedding and border displays weed free this season with top tips from AG gardening editor Kris Collins
Aim to dig out weeds growing in border soils unless you’re faced with persistent weeds that re-grow from bits of root left in the ground (ground elder, bindweed and couch grass spring to mind) .
Digging is eco-friendly, cheaper, and it removes the risk…
Keep patios, paths and drive weed free with top tips from AG gardening editor Kris Collins
Allow weeds to mature in the joins between patio slabs or block paving and it can be a real problem to remove them by hand. With no room to dig out tap roots, perennial weeds will likely return soon after pulling off or scraping away…
Stay chemical free with regular soil cultivation, says AG gardening editor Kris Collins
Regular hoeing or cultivation of garden soils is the best way to prevent weeds taking hold. Scratch over the soil weekly with a hoe or clawed hand cultivator and it’s an easy job – but watch out for emerging perennial flowers. The soil never has time to compact,…