Welcome to the Hurricane 08 garden blog! This is my place to discuss all things rural, garden and home. You will have to excuse the layout, I am no expert at blog designing but I do enjoy writing!

If your interested in looking for interesting ideas with plants, or something that will change your garden, then you have come to the right place! Over the next few months I should have a bit more content on the website, please bare with me!

I am a really big fan of rural areas, I enjoy the outdoors, walking, hiking and anything in between. The British countryside is unrivaled in it's beauty and charm and I hope to put that message across through my posts.

Herbs And Other Interesting Edible Ideas – Part 1

Sometimes you just want to do something in the garden, but you don’t really have any motivation. I wrote this article because a lot of people have trouble coming up with interesting things to do in the garden in their spare time and I thought throwing a few ideas out there might inspire! And why not?

Gardening is something I think everyone can enjoy, but not everyone is mobile enough to do some of the bigger gardening tasks. but there are smaller things that you can do in your garden that will allow for interesting and edible outcomes! Herb gardening is one of my favourite, having a selection of herbs at your finger tips will make cooking and baking a real treat, especially since fresh herbs are 100% better.

 Deciding On What You Want

First things first, you’ll have to decide whether you want a herb garden that is either indoors or outdoors, outdoors will give you more of a choice in the size and shape department, depending on what your garden is like. If you’re going for an indoor garden, you are only going to be limited to the space you have around your windowsill or wherever you will be putting your new herb garden.

Starting Your Herb Garden

15535656765_027089c89e_oBuying your herbs will be the first step into the planning of your herb garden. you’ll need to decide which herbs you want, check how difficult they are to grow and  you want to research which herbs will be able to grow together. I would suggest buying seedlings instead of seeds because growing from seed can be quite difficult. I would also suggest starting with some of the easier herbs such as Basil, this will allow you to see whether you are watering enough or too little, as bazil visibly wilts when it has too little water.

Once you’ve selected the herbs you’ll be using for your garden, the next step is to choose whether you will be planting directly into the ground or using a planter, hanging basket or window box. There are of course endless possibilities for containers, and it’s completely up to you what you decide.

Watering The Herbs

Making sure your herbs have enough water can be difficult and confusing at first. You don’t know whether you are giving them too much, or too little. One thing you have to remember, is herbs are not houseplants. A houseplant can take one substantial watering per week but herbs require regular watering especially in the summer. Overwatering can be negated by a simple hole in the bottom of your planter or by lining underneath your flowerbed with rocks.

Pruning

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Pruning your herbs might start earlier than you think, even though your plant is small and young, pruning can still benefit. To start pruning, it’s the same as every other herb, make sure you cut just above the growing leaves. This will stop the stem from growing but allow 2 new stems to grow.

 

The Amazing World Of Heirloom Tomatoes

If you’re not familiar with the tomato scene, you may not know much about heirloom tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes have been growing very popular as of late, with people enjoying picking up and growing interesting varieties completely new to them. This is great news, as many different breeds of heirloom tomato have actually been lost due to the mainstream and attractive properties of the commercially sold tomatoes.

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So let me first explain what an Heirloom tomato is. Heirloom tomatoes are basically tomato varieties that have been in circulation for more than 50 years. These heirloom tomatoes have all kinds of interesting characteristics that differentiate them from your standard supermarket tomatoes. Colours, shape and size will vary, taste, textures will also be different.

It’s an enjoyable experience trying out the different heirloom tomatoes. You’ve got some wonderful colours that can brighten up your garden in the summer, from pink , green and even purple!

Here are a look at some of the varieties of tomato courtesy of Tomatofest.com!

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Now if that doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will!

Some may have not realised there were so many different varieties of tomatoes, and gardeners like myself would like to sustain the diversity of the heirloom breed, so try growing your own heirloom tomatoes and have some fun!

First Post – Coffee Grounds

Hello There,

My name is Josh, i’m a huge gardening fan and I really enjoy writing about plants, gardening and the countryside. I thought I would start this blog to share my love of all of those things, and hopefully bring some interesting tips to the table for those who are interested in freshening up their gardening techniques.

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The first thing I wanted to talk to you about is Coffee grounds. Coffee grounds can work extremely well in fertilizing your garden and repelling pests. Now i’m a stickler for coffee, I can’t get enough of the stuff. I’m the kind of guy who enjoys grinding my own beans and then running hot water through the grounds, none of this instant Nescafé stuff that they pump fake smells into.  But for years I had been wasting these grounds by throwing them in the bin and thinking no more about them, but about two years ago I read about the benefits of using coffee grounds in your garden.

 

Coffee grounds are jam packed full of trace minerals, you’ll find magnesium, potassium, calcium and most importantly nitrogen within your coffee grounds and this can add nutrients to the soil. There are several ways to go about this, whether it be adding some grounds into the top layer of soil and mixing it, or just pouring it onto the topsoil and leaving it. Either way, watering the soil will make sure that your grounds are thoroughly combined. Leaving coffee on the topsoil is also a great way to deter slugs, the abrasive and acidic nature of the grounds will help in keeping snails as slugs at bay!

Another way to administer coffee grounds to your garden is to infuse it with water. 10 gallons of water and 4 cups of coffee grounds can go a long way, just mix the ingredients together, leave it overnight and then in the morning you’ll have yourself a nice ol’ liquid fertilizer.