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5 Summer Garden Tips – By Butler Outdoor Power, Clonmel

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With May comes the great healthy scent of freshly cut grass. Here are a few handy tips to improve your Garden this summer. If you need expert advice or the right tools, just drop in to us and we’ll be more than happy to help

  1. One of the easiest ways to grow roses is by taking cuttings.  This page will teach you the basics, and also a cool and very odd trick involving roses in potatoes.  That’s right, you can grow roses … in potatoes.  You stick the rose cutting into a potato, and then push both into the ground.  The potato keeps your cuttings moist while roots are developing.
  2. Next time you make a batch of scrambled eggs, don’t toss the shells in the rubbish!  Eggshells are useful in the garden.  If you spread them around the bases of your plants, you can nourish the soil with calcium.  On top of that, eggshells actually repel certain insects, so they protect your plants from pests.
  3. We all love to get our hands dirty and try to grow something from seed. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have the space for greenhouses so this can never become a reality. Actually, that’s not the case. With clear plastic boxes, one of their many applications is in gardening.  These bins can serve beautifully as mini-greenhouses for growing seedlings!  Since they are cheap and versatile, and can have other applications off-season, this is one of the best gardening tips and tricks for beginners.
  4. Looking for an easy way to water your plants, but don’t want to buy a watering can?  If you happen to have an old plastic milk carton, all you need to do is heat up a needle and use it to poke a lot of small holes in the lid.  Voila, you have a working water can.  This is a great way to recycle.
  5. With a bit of inginutiy, you can create fresh Spring Onions right in your kitchen. It takes a little effort at the start but it is well worth it. For this project you need a plastic bottle, the best one might be a 3-L Country Spring Bottle, which you cut the neck off of, and then add holes to the sides.  Pop onion bulbs in through the holes when the bulbs are still small, fill the bottle with soil as you go, water it, and put it by your kitchen window.  The bulbs will grow and start producing greens.  You can cut the greens, and the bulbs will produce more.

About Paddy Ryan

Paddy is your run of the mill, mild mannered lad from Tipperary. His love for sport and competing has brought him to Vienna and Padova as well as many other places to take part in marathons. Paddy loves writing about local politics and current affairs as well as claiming to be a sports guru. Paddy set up the Tipperary Times to bring fresh relevant information to the people of Tipperary and those who have left the green pastures of the Premier County but still want to know whats happening at home.

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