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Planting & Growing

How to Grow Potato – The Super Tuber

How to grow potato the super tuber

The potato originated in the Andes Mountains where it was cultivated by Pre-Columbian Indians. It was taken to Spain by the Conquistadors, but because of its association with poisonous plants (it is a member of the nightshade family) the potato didn’t come to prominence in Europe until introduced into Ireland in the 17th century. Being so nutritious and easily grown in poor soil, …

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7 Things to Consider Before Planting a Shade Tree

A well positioned, healthy tree can bring a lush, leafy ambience to your home or work environment as well as protection from the elements. The following check list will ensure you choose the best tree for your situation. 1. Take a hike Look at trees growing in your own neighbourhood. This will give you an idea of how trees will …

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How to Care for Staghorn and Elkhorn Ferns

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The spectacular staghorn fern is an epiphyte or ‘air plant’, which grows without soil. Native to Australian rainforests, the staghorn Platycerium superbum and closely related elkhorn Platycerium bifurcatum will grow just about anywhere in filtered light with protection from winds. Which is which? Staghorns are larger and have a large, shield-like frond at the front which curves outward to collect …

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4 Easy Steps to Propagating Bromeliads

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It’s not hard to convince you that bromeliads are fantastic plants. They bring to your garden a lush, tropical look and vibrant, year-round colour with little maintenance. As a further bonus however, they are also very easy to propagate in four easy steps. Four (4) easy steps to propagating bromeliads 1. Bromeliad ‘pups’ are the young offspring of the bromeliad which …

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