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Do you think that you have no room for an apple tree?

Gardening Tip – For the week 10th Oct. – 16th Oct. Do you think that you have no room for an apple tree? One would expect the answer to this question to depend greatly on the size of you garden, which is true, but it will also depend on how big you think an apple […]

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Fuchsia Varieties You May Not Know About

Gardening  Week  10th   Oct. – 16th  Oct. This week I brought into my house a flower that I have never seen for sale in a florist’s store. I assume this is due to its short shelf life but since there is no difficulty in growing an abundance of them in your garden there is no […]

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Rudbeckia – Grow Your Own Black Eyed Susan!

There are not many plants left for cutting in the allotment but one flower the rudbeckia is still flowering its head off, as if it was just planted.  Last weeks heatwave and downpour might have spoiled a few of the older blooms, but it definitely gave the plants a new breath of life and they now […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Tips on harvesting your soft fruits

Tips on harvesting your soft fruits  APRICOTS I spent a few days away from my allotment this week, and as I returned and walked into my poly tunnel I saw the apricots on my apricot tree looking fully ripened. At a closer inspection I saw the image in the picture!-  the ripest ones on the […]

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