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Gerbera – Flower of The Week

Gardening  Week 18th  July – 24th July The weather man tells us that clearer skies are on the horizon, but for the past fortnight there has not been a day that the heavens  have not opened showering upon us their anger. The bedding plants that managed to show some colour between showers immediately lost their petals […]

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Landscaping tips and tricks

Landscaping is the art of creating an aesthetically appealing garden that is also functional. The elements of landscaping can include a wide and diverse array of features including plants, stones and rocks, trees and structures. When it comes down to landscaping some will choose to pay a professional to design and create a landscaped garden, […]

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Low maintenance garden design ideas

For many of us, the garden is a haven, within which we spend many hours toiling with various elements to create a sanctuary of colour, smells and aesthetic appeal. However for some, although the desire is there, the will may not be for a variety of reasons. That is when people look at how to […]

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Do we have to stop picking rhubarb now?

Gardening Tip – For the week 11th   July – 17th July Do we have to stop picking rhubarb now? The answer in the texts books is yes, but recently things might have changed. Rhubarb (Rheum x Hybridum) can be seen on nearly every allotment in some far flung corner. It delights us with being one […]

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Flower of the week from YOUR garden to YOUR table: Ligustrum

Gardening  Week 11th  July – 17th July As I walked down the street this week I knew that regardless of all the rain we have had, the scent of summer has definitely finally arrived. Now what scent do I mean? Well, in a street lined with well kept gardens you are unlikely to find this […]

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Growing Dwarf French Beans

Dwarf French Beans Tasty, tender and bearing no resemblance to the tough (and often rather undesirable!)  offerings from the supermarket. That’s home grown French beans, a terribly simple crop which you can still sow from seed now.  There are lots of different varieties of French Beans available and I can’t say that I have any […]

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Herb gardening for beginners

  The fact is that herbs have become an extremely popular form of plant grown at home and in the garden. Herbs are used for various reasons for food flavouring and on occasion for medicinal purposes. Whatever the reasons are for growing herbs, there are a few simple steps to take to ensure that your […]

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Vegetable gardening tips for beginners

Grow your own has long been a favoured pastime for many people, for various reasons. Not only the satisfaction of cultivating and eating your own produce, that you have carefully nurtured over several months, but also from the perspective of the quality of the food in terms of nutrients that you are able to control […]

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This Weeks Flower – The Lovely Sweet William

At this time of the year I welcome in my garden a flower that reminds me of my childhood, the Sweet William.  It is another plant classed as a cottage garden plant and is hardly available in supermarkets, but it is really an easy plant to grow your self.   I can’t find a reliable reference […]

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DIY Seed Sower

Two original  inventions to guarantee your success in seed sowing

Gardening Tip – For the week 27th June -3rd July It is easy to plant a ready grown plant in the ground but when it comes to sowing seed the procedure becomes much more difficult.  Let me just list a few of the odds against your seed sowing and germinating success: 1] Every square metre […]

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