For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Apr 25

Your Questions About Gardening

Lizzie asks…

where can i take my tools to get sharpened?

I wanting to take my garden tools, lawn mower blade and axe to get the items sharpened to make their use more efficient.

GardenersCardiff answers:

Buy a good 12 inch Mill-bastard file. It’s cheaper than the sharpening shop. All of the tools except the lawn mower are soft steel and the file will do the job quite well. The lawn mower will take a grind stone of some type.

Lisa asks…

Does it matter how to set up the row to grow potatoes?

I am wondering if you need to set up the row vertically or horizontally to grow potatoes? Also, what garden tools should I use to do this? If the potatoes are above the soil should I put more soil on top of it and before I plant should I put fertilizer on side of the potato seed or on top of it? Any potato growing help is appreciate.

GardenersCardiff answers:

The row thing isn’t that important – Potatoes need depth – the roots are very deep. It’s best to cover them with a good few inches of soil. Some of the best and fastest results come from using grow bags – place small slits all the way up the bag and insert the seedlings deep into the bag. In no time at all you’ll have loads of potatoes!

For ground: Place fertilizer on top of the soil after planting – not too much though, potatoes grow very well (and taste better when organic).

Charles asks…

How do you best preserve old wooden handles on kitches knives???

Old garden tools with wooden parts are also needing restoration—any suggestions???
Make that kitchen knives….

GardenersCardiff answers:

Mineral oil on the kitchen knives…

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