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Top Tips on Turf Laying – This Autumn should be a perfect time

Turf Laying – Top Tips especially for clay soils   I’ve laid a few lawns in my time and I usually prefer seed. This year, however, the whole thing has really got to me and I have decided to lay turf. Being quite practiced at the ‘art’, I thought I would share some hints and tips that […]

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Bismarckia nobilis

Love palms, love Cornwall! By Claire

Love palms, love Cornwall! I have lived in Cornwall all of my life and I really wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. It’s just a hive of gardening wonder. The palms, the palms! I just love them and would love to fill my garden with them. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately!) I have stuck with three […]

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Mizuna.

My top 3 winter vegetable plants

My top 3 winter vegetable plants   I love growing my own veg, from the classics to the more unusual. The offer of an HTA voucher was too good an oppourtunity to miss, so I thought I’d take you through my top 3 winter vegetable plants that I am planning on planting this year.   […]

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apples on a tree

Harvest Apples

Harvest apples Whether you’ve got  one apple tree in a tiny back garden or what amounts to a mini orchard, this is the time of year when you can indulge in one of my (many!) gardening passions – harvesting tree-ripe apples as the early autumn sun warms your back …and then, before you even think […]

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phlox

Enjoy Phlox Paniculata – late flowering show bloom

  Flower of the week from YOUR garden to YOUR table:   12th Sept. – 18th Sept. “One of the most imposing border plants – planted in groups of three or more they are an impressive sight – their beautiful scent and flowers are highly attractive to bees and butterflies and make them a good cut […]

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seeds

Sowing seed now, for 2017 Crops

Gardening Tip – For the week 12th  Sept. – 18th Sept.  Sowing seed now, for 2017. Maybe the calendar traditionally begins its first leaf with the month of January but the gardener must begin a few months earlier, and the cold November, December is too late, we must start to sow some of next year’s […]

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Gardener at Cambridge University gardener re-introduces bees; you can help! How to design a bee garden.

Gardener at Cambridge University gardener re-introduces bees; you can help! How to design a bee garden.   Bees have not been seen in Newnham College since the Second World War. Lottie Collis is changing that! Lottie Collis is a member of the Cambridgeshire Beekeepers’ Association (CBKA) and trained as a beekeeper over 10 years ago. […]

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leather jacket

How to get rid of Leather Jackets – daddy-long-legs larvae

How to get rid of Leather Jackets (The insect not that awful thing your husband bought in the seventies!!) The daddy-long-legs invasion that they’re talking about in the news!!   It’s that time of year again, and my carefully manicured lawn is just full of leather jackets, and the adult crane flies (daddy-long-legs) have started […]

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radish

Sowing Your Winter Radish

Its time to go back to seed sowing – Winter Radishes Its time to sow seeds again. I have been lax in sowing seed during the last few months; and surprisingly now I have had a sudden urge to start again. Most classic radish varieties like Scarlet globe, Sparkler or French Breakfast can still be […]

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shasta daisy

The Shasta Daisy – Continuous Colour in your Garden from Spring to Autumn

 Shasta Daisy Summer is at its height and one would have thought that there would be an abundance of flowers to choose from for our weekly vase, but actually it is only the bedding plants that are really brightening up the garden at the moment. I could bring in some of them to adorn the […]

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