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Perennials for Ground Covers

Ground covers are both decorative and problem solvers. Many thrive in shade or where lawns will not grow; others are ideal for preventing soil erosion and weed control. Perennials for ground covers are not usually the herbaceous types that die down in winter but rather evergreen types, woody sub-shrubs and those with winter persistent foliage.

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Rose Care

Spring & Summer Plant the bud union 5 cm below the soil line. Fertilize with Transplanter 5-15-5. After three or four weeks, change to a brand name rose food. Established roses should be fed every week from early spring to late August. On the premise that prevention is easier than a cure, spray once per week with insecticide/fungicide. Fall or Early Winter Change from rose food to 0-0-20 (straight potassium) for overwintering vigour. Let the last flowers go to seed; do not prune. When the ground is frozen, (not too early, mid- to late November)  hill up the rose canes with soil, which you have kept unfrozen for this specific purpose, to a height of 45 cm. Do not prune at this...

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Plant a Hot Pepper Garden

Want to bring on the heat this summer? We have a range of hot peppers to satisfy your inner daredevil! Be adventurous, try growing a pepper you’ve never had before. Not only do they spice up dishes, they are also packed with vitamin D, vitamin C, potassium, fiber and beta-carotene. Scoville Hot Units Choosing the right peppers to grow, depends on how spicy you like them. Scoville Heat Units, also known as SHU is the measurement used to measure a chili pepper’s pungency and heat. The range is determined by the number of times capsaicin needs to be diluted by sugar-water. The higher the number, the hotter the pepper. Steps to Success Planting – Ready to grow some peppers? Hot...

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