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Ivy – Benefits & Pitfalls

Botanical  Name: Hedera Helix. Common Name: Ivy Ivy is the kind of plant that most people dislike, they consider it a large monster – in some states of the U.S.A., ivy is actually banned from being sold in garden stores as it is reckoned an invasive species. However, it will only have a monstrous effect […]

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A Colourful Winter Planter

How to make a colourful winter planter Making the planter A few days ago a friend approached me with a home made planter and challenged me to fill it with colourful flowers. The planter was well made; he had used decking wood which is a good idea. Decking is already treated wood, reasonably wide and value […]

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Top Tips for Pond Cleaning

How to clean your pond Avoid pushing more soil into your pond   The first problem I encountered was that as I moved anything near the pond, more soil kept falling into the pond which would only mean that I would have even more soil to extract. I therefore dug a trench about 45 cm  away […]

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Viburnum a winter flowering gem!

Botanical  Name: Viburnum This week I purposely did not fill in the full botanical name in the heading to the article because there are many similar ones that you can choose from. The idea is to have flowers at this otherwise cold and flowerless time of the year, so it is important to avoid the […]

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Allotment Planning for the New Year

It is the New Year –  or at least that is what the calendar says , but there is very little to do in the garden at the moment so does the gardeners year begin now?  – Maybe it would be more suitable to join up with the tax man and make the Gardeners New […]

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Which ground cover is best for weed control?

Ground Cover Weed Control The bane of every gardener is how to control the weeds that keep springing up [from nowhere] on the allotment. The question we are always pondering is , which is the worse offender, the weeds or the pests? But even if the weed crisis only comes second place it needs addressing […]

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Pieris Japonica – Beautiful blooms in the depth of winter!

Botanical  Name: Pieris Japonica .    Common Name : Lily of the valley shrub. I was roaming around my friend’s garden this week and I saw this beautiful plant in full flower. In fact I think it was the only plant in the whole garden with flowers! It had no plant label but  I immediately put […]

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Alternatives to the Classic Hedge

The Dividing Line – A Mini Hedge Winter months is the time to plant up a new hedge and that is what I intend writing about this week however I purposely did not title the column ‘planting a hedge’ as the word  ‘hedge’ conjures up an image of a sky scraper of green, generating a […]

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Mistletoe Alternative

Have you ever tried growing mistletoe? Poor man’s mistletoe! – Have you bought any mistletoe this year? – Have you ever tried to grow mistletoe? –  If the answer is yes to the first and no to the second question it wouldn’t surprise me, because mistletoe is extremely difficult to grow. It is a parasite […]

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Everything You Need To Know About Choosing a Garden Rake

 Our Review of Leaf Rakes Some of the main players in the world of gardening equipment, specifically lawn rakes and leaf rakes, include Spear and Jackson, Bulldog, WOLF tools, Gardena, Joseph Bentley, and Draper tools to name but a few. When it comes to the wooden lawn rakes and besom broom brushes, you will find […]

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