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Interesting idea for putting a play area on asphalt, concrete or hard soil in a temporary build. The tires and rocks can be removed, and the sand and rocks swept up. Interesting idea for day cares in urban settings without access to grass or soil.

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Mason Jar Soil Test | Determining what type of soil you have in your garden can be done with a glass jar with a lid, some water, and a sample of your soil. When soil particles separate you can see a mixture of the main soil types: sand, silt and clay.

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Foxtail Lily | Plants from Bakker Spalding Garden Companyn , you can plant them directly into the garden. Prepare a wide, shallow hole (approximately 10 cm deep) and loosen the soil thoroughly. In the bottom of the hole, add a layer of coarse sand or grit to help with the drainage. Spread the roots of the foxtail lily well and place in the hole at the correct depth. The top of the roots should be approximately 5 cm below ground level. Flowers Jun July August 100cm high

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Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke) is one of the most stunning and longest lasting prairie perennials, with unmistakable feathery silver and pink seedheads in mid-spring. It is a soft, hairy plant growing typically to 16" tall with fern-like leaves. It prefers full sun and average to dry soil. It is drought tolerant once established, grows in sand, gravel and rock gardens. It spreads by rhizomes and can be naturalized to form an interesting ground cover.

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from Mail Online

I promised you a rose garden... One woman's enduring love affair with the most English of summer blooms

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