Watering Orchids With Ice Cubes – Does It Harm orchids?

Many of you think orchids are difficult plants to keep in the home – they are not! The correct amount of water is critical, and to try and simplify watering someone came up with the bright idea that if you put an ice cube in the pot once a week, the orchid would prosper. The intent here was good. Make the watering procedure as simple as possible, so people can follow it. Unfortunately, it is a really stupid idea!

I’ll show you a much better way to water your plants – a method that keeps my orchids blooming all year long.

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Watering Orchids With Ice Cubes, by Robert Pavlis

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Eggshells Control Slugs – Do They Really Work?

Eggshells control slugs, according to most books, and all kinds of gardening experts. Slugs and snails can be a real problem in the garden, eating all those precious plants. It seems to be a constant battle and eggshells are routinely recommended.

Do they really work?

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Eggshells trying to control slugs in the garden

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Compost Accelerators, Starters and Activators

Compost accelerators, compost starters and compost activators are all terms used for products that are added to the compost pile to make better compost and to make composting faster. What is the difference between these terms? Are they required for composting, and how much faster is the composting process if you use them?

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Compost Accelerators, Starters and Activators

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How to Compost: Browns & Greens

The common advice for making compost is that you should use the correct ratio of browns and greens. Why is this important? What is the correct ratio? Are dried green grass clippings, a brown or a green? Good questions that will help you understand how to compost.

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How to compost – browns and greens

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Transplanting – Should You Reduce Top Growth?

When transplanting trees, shrubs or perennials you tend to damage the root system. Common advice suggests that you should reduce the amount of top growth to match the root loss. This reduces the ratio of leaves to roots, and helps keep the plant in relative balance, making it easier for the plant to recover from transplant shock.

Is this sound advice? Does it apply to all kinds of plants?

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Abstract painting of tree roots by Robert Pavlis

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Should You Water When Plant Leaves Wilt?

When the leaves of a plant wilt it is a sign that the plant needs water, and therefore it is a good time to water–right? Maybe. The plant might need to be watered, but it is also possible that water will harm the plant.

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Water When Plant Leaves Wilt

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