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Love Gardening but Looking For a Challenge? Try This!

Part of the joy of gardening is the room to experiment with shapes, colours and textures. Watching something grow from seed to full bloom over the year, or year after year. Something that not many people experiment with is hydroponics. Now, while there are a few hydroponic systems that you can work with, the basic […]

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Turn Your Garden Into A Space You’ll Actually Use!

After you’ve fixed up the interiors of your house and made it feel like home, you might be thinking that you’re all done. However, there’s probably something that you’re missing. Just outside the back door is the garden, looking a little sad or overgrown. It can be enough to put a dampener on any domestic […]

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Beginners Guide To Laying A Patio

How To Lay Your Own Patio   Imagine finishing work and relaxing at home on a fantastic new patio, enjoying the warm summer sun. Imagine lazy sunny afternoons, enjoying the delights of the garden with a glass of wine, while burgers sizzle on the barbecue. If you’ve not got a patio, or you have one […]

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How to Install a Swimming Pool

  For many people, the idea of building a swimming pool in their own back garden is a childhood dream, and with summer almost upon us, you might be considering turning this childhood dream into a reality yourself.   Installing a swimming pool is a great idea, as there’s something wonderfully sociable about having a […]

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7 Ways To Prepare Your Garden For Summer

Summer is fast approaching and it’s time to start getting your garden prepared for the warmer months. Here are seven preparations you may want to consider doing now. Start collecting rainwater In the hot weather, you’ll be watering those plants more often. Instead of increasing your water bill by using water from the tap, why […]

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Beginners Guide to Seed Germination Success

Importance of Using the Correct Compost for Best Seed Germination Many an enthusiastic but inexperienced gardener will be put off from this wonderful hobby when the first seeds they sow do not germinate. In this article I will try to outline some common pitfalls when sowing seeds and how to avoid them. Start with Easy […]

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Making Your Garden Wildlife Friendly

Now that the warmer weather is here, it is the ideal time to start thinking about attracting some wildlife into our gardens. There is nothing more gratifying and relaxing than sitting outside and seeing frogs in your garden pond, birds flying  around collecting food, and bees and butterflies buzzing around your plants. Animals add that […]

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Growing Berries February – Februberry ‘18

Soft berries are the mainstay of the allotment outline, either a few bushes dotted around the corners, or a long row used as a dividing hedge made up of various berry bearing bushes. Fresh soft berries do not keep well in transit and they are  time consuming to pick leaving little profit for the commercial gardener. Supermarkets […]

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Ingenious Use for Wood Chips in the Garden

Gardening Tip – February ‘18 Long before 1992, when Janet Jackson made a hit of “The best things in life are free”, Jack Hylton was singing it into his gramophone in 1928. His lyrics included the sun, moon and stars, all of them are there for all of us to enjoy, without having to pay […]

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January – Prepare Your Greenhouse for Spring

January is definitely the lazy month for the gardener, sandwiched between the last harvest and the first sowing, many people find the ground too heavy to dig especially with the high recent rainfall, leaving even the most contentious allotmenteer with little to do on their plot. However, the bright sunshine at the beginning of this […]

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