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Plant Lavender Now for Gorgeous Summer Display and Fragrance

Fantastic Deal on Hidcote and Munstead hardy lavender plug plants get 72 plug plants for just £9.99 – just 14p per plant – with FREE postage!!! Lavender can be planted as a low growing hedge or in drifts, but even if you have no room for a major display you must have at least a […]

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Say it with Daffodils!

I would never have dreamed of writing an article about the simple daffodil – such a common place flower that needs no introduction, but when I saw the display in the featured photo,  I decided that it is definitely  something to shout about. Say it with Flowers is obviously not just a commercial advertising slogan for […]

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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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Are You Looking for a New Fence?

A revolution in fence panels: straight lines and no more splinters! Well, no-where near as many! I don’t know about you, but storm Doris played havoc in my garden. I had to replace quite a few glass panels in my greenhouse and just don’t talk to be about fence panels! Well actually, do talk to […]

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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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The Perfect DIY Cloche

How to make your own cloche Having been frustrated over the years with a variety of shop bought cloches I decided to make my own with the following features: No Hinges to rust over  It can easily be built for a minimal cost, It is light and manoeuvrable, the lid can easily be removed and […]

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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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