For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Aug 22

Your Questions About Gardening

Mandy asks…

whats a good gift for someone into gardening/compost?

My husband is into organic gardening and his compost pile is making me want to barf. If there was some product to break it down, it would be a win/win for us! He is also growing blueberries/raspberries/ and a peach tree.
Thansk for any advice.

GardenersCardiff answers:

A healthy compost bin has a rich soil smell that’s actually quite nice. If your compost smells like garbage or ammonia, it probably needs more aeration. Cut up the organic waste before adding it, and don’t forget to churn the compost regularly.

If he doesn’t have a tool with which to churn the compost, a garden fork would be a great gift. If he doesn’t want to churn the compost because it causes back discomfort, get him something to soothe muscle pains, or buy a compost bin that has a built-in mixer.

Worms are also great at breaking down large chunks of organic matter — red wiggler worms are pretty popular because they reproduce quickly, and break down o.m. Quickly; however, they are native to Europe, and like all worms, they run (or slither) from soggy soil, which might be pretty gross on a rainy day in the garden.

Donna asks…

Birthday gift ideas for mom in 50s who’s simple and loves gardening?

Anything that would be great as an addition for her garden or anything like that?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Four pages of gardening gifts for women… Http://

Michael asks…

Are all Olive Garden gift cards redeemable at Red Lobster?

I know there’s some gift cards that say that they are redeemable at Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze, etc. I’m trying to buy an Olive Garden gift card on their website but I am wondering if they would be redeemable in other Darden locations, too. Thanks!

GardenersCardiff answers:

I just looked on the Olive Garden and Darden websites and found that yes they are…. “Olive Garden Gift Cards can be redeemed at any Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, or LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant in the U.S.” From what I see on the Darden site, it looks like those are the only Darden Locations

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