Monday, February 13, 2012

Hi there fellow gardeners Steve Barratt here with some tips and advice related to gardening.

Over the coming months and years i will endeavour to pass on my knowledge of gardening with weekly insights . To problems you may have ,current trends in gardening, hints on design processes for that Landscaping project. Educational  lessons in text format and short video clips. Where i will show you how to do Things like .

  1. Propagation from seed, cuttings , division , some simple methods for bulbs etc.
  2. Some budding techniques , some basic grafting , Fruit tree pruning.
  3. Mix up your own organic sprays , for those pesky pests and the right time do spray .
  4. Some good lawn tips for a healthy turf.
  5. Vegetable gardening my favourite , tips and companion planting to produce those rich organic crops.
  6. And some personal recommendations of products and some great well,  tools and the care of the same.
From the list above you can get an idea of what i am about . So just to fill you in a bit more i will outline a brief history on myself.  I have been gardening since the age of nine or ten by first growing vegetables in the family back yard. Got the interest off my dad whom used to have a beautiful vegetable garden ,i can remember the vegies he grew and he,d feed them by having a 44 gallon drum filled with water and horse manure bag inside the drum. didn,t half stink but vegies didn,t mind. Its funny now when i look back as he my Dad doesn,t grow vegies now and didn,t grow them anymore once we moved from that house,make a note and ask him one day

Anyway i did and have kept it up all these years ,and i started  growing seedlings to sell when i was thirteen growing them in the back had a 1/4 acre of vegies back then all dug by hand too.When i left school i started work in a nursery a retail one . Which was run by two very good Nursery men and they taught me a good deal about propagation one of my favourite areas of gardening.Also plants mainly English types which is okay in Tasmania where i lived.Also spent some time in a wholesale seedling production nursery run by a Family which is still in operation Today.

So my interest in gardening as a whole has been shaped by some good people and i have taken it further by going to college and getting Qualified in Horticulture. Twenty years of Landscaping and General gardening  as a Contractor for myself . Also have worked in Local Government in the Parks and Garden area.

Have taught at Adult Education in the area of propagation ,and spoken at various garden clubs and been Past Vice President of Tasmanian Herb Growers Ass, a founding member.Have done a three year trail on growing Water chestnuts with some good results . Iv,e gardened in Tasmania ,Victoria , West Australia and now reside in Thailand where i have just under two acres of garden.

Well there you have it folks a little more information for you and some food for thought on the questions which you may have i will do my best to answer.
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I look forward to helping you gardeners in what ever way i can Thanking you Steve Barratt .

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