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Are Evergreen Plants Really Ever-Green?

Evergreen Shrubs in the Garden  Evergreen plants get a mixed bag of comments, many people look at them as the lazy gardeners’ method of creating a garden without working and they don’t belong in a ‘real’ garden. Some people feel they are so architectural you might as well put an artificial plant in their place. […]

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Growing the Beautiful Dicentra Spectabilis – Dutchman’s Breeches!

Dicentra  Spectabilis is a  flower that I love to cut every year. It is worth having a garden just alone for this beautiful flower . Due to its delicate constitution it is practically impossible find it in the shops as a cut flower, yet it will grow easily in any garden and it will last […]

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Best Bulbs to Plant with Children

Fast Growing Summer Bulbs Which Children Will Enjoy It is always good to pass on our love for gardening to our children, but if we want their gardening enthusiasm to stay with them for life we need to give them the extra carrot! Sowing parsnip seeds which will take 3 weeks to germinate and another […]

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Advantages of No Dig Gardening

No dig advantages Most soil already has a good structure for plant roots to grow, and is full of growth-promoting organisms, which actually do not work so well after being disturbed. Millions of fungal threads, earthworms, millipedes and amphibians, to name but a few, are being helpful right under our feet. Soil is a living […]

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Last Spring Pruning

Final Spring Pruning is best done towards the end of March It is advisable not to prune certain bushes in the winter as during an early warm spell this will induce an immediate lush growth that will be killed by a hard frost and there aren’t always new buds below for the plant to fall back on. […]

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Gardening – Little & Often

Being there, little and often   The most successful approach to gardening is bit by bit, with continual, small successes that build confidence, interest and a great garden. Dig this? A common beginning is to dig the soil. It gives exercise and looks nice! However the sequel is less fun, endless weeding and coping with […]

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Which Telescopic Hedge Trimmer

  Telescopic Hedge Trimmer Choices Telescopic hedge trimmers come in three types; electric, petrol or battery. Electric Telescopic Hedge Trimmers Obviously electric is the easiest to use (with a power breaker of course, especially in wet weather), but that would not help on allotments with no source of electricity. Petrol Telescopic Hedge Trimmers The second option is […]

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NoDig – Charles Dowding -Save time, garden clever

Save time, garden clever  Time is precious and the best gardeners use it wisely. They don’t waste time by sowing seeds out of season, or waiting too long before dealing with weeds. I explain this throughout my diary (use code JH17 to get £4 discount when buying online). which is centred on efficient use of […]

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Perennial Plug Plants – Buying Guide

How to save when planting perennials   How do we fill a border with perennial plants without hurting the pocket? The simple answer is sowing seed, but perennials from seed rarely flower in the first year and need a lot of time and protection in the early years. The alternative is to buy full sized […]

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Leek – A Firm British Favourite

The British History of Leeks The Leek – although the emblem of Wales – really has its origins steeped in English history, with whole towns like Leek in Derbyshire named in this vegetables honour. In Old English all vegetable gardens were called leek gardens and the name was especially connected with any member of the […]

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