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This Weeks Gardening Tip – Which Seeds Are Still Worth Planting?

Gardening Tip – For the week 4th  July – 10th July Which seeds are still worth planting? It is obviously a waste of time to sow seeds in July,  of  any flower  or vegetable that needs a long growing season, winter is round the corner and in the British Isles, few places are spared form […]

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Plum Tree

Gardening Tip – Making Fruit Trees Fruit – Easy Pruning Techniques:

For the week of 20th – 26th June. When we have a fruit tree that is not producing fruit as it should, I always say we should look at the fruit tree as if it were a human being.  It wants to have children,  but it first would like to enjoy life, it will therefore […]

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Garden roses

Gardening  Week 20th June – Amazing Tips for Rose Growing in the UK

Grow The Perfect Rose This week’s flower needs no introduction – it is the most loved flower and the world’s most frequently bought cut flower. But although the flower bought in the shops bears the same name as the one we are about to write about, it is missing one of the main characteristics of this […]

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Let’s Talk Tomatoes – and a Useful Tip for Arthritis Sufferers

Tomatoes If you want to eat tomatoes which taste of tomatoes, with a strong, zingy flavour then you  just HAVE to grow your own.  On occasion you can buy tasty tomatoes in the shops, but not often and generally at a real premium.  There are lots of different varieties readily available as seeds (a bit […]

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Gardening  Week  13th  – 19th June – Rhododendrons

I never intended including such a common shrub, as a rhododendron as an ornament for my home. I always thought, who bother to bring a flower that is available everywhere, and exists in nearly every garden, into my house .  But I changed my mind when  I walked past  a friends garden in my neighbourhood […]

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Plant Your Pumpkins Now to Ensure a Delicious Autumn Crop

Still Time to Plant Pumpkins Summer is underway with the days still getting longer, so if you haven’t planted pumpkins yet there’s still (just) time to get growing. Easy to cultivate, these spectacular fruits are another crop great for beginners and children. They provide good ground cover, supressing weeds and keeping moisture in the soil […]

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Gardening Tip for the week 7th – 13th June

Is it too late to plant potatoes? No one can be unsuccessful with growing potatoes  – just put a potato in the ground and it will multiply  within a few months. ( I once forgot to plant a bag of potato seed and they grew a few small potatoes at the end of their roots […]

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Flower of the week from YOUR garden to YOUR table 6th – 12th June.

Herbaceous perennials are the group of plants that die down completely in the winter but their rhizomes or bulbs stay in the soil and surprise us with a new flush of leaves and flowers next summer.  Quite a few perennials have reached their flowering stage by the second week in June, but few can surpass […]

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Solomon's_Seal Sawfly larva

Avoid Disaster! Check your plants for Solomon’s Seal Sawfly today

Solomon’s Seal Sawfly Keep a close watch on your plants for sawfly damage at this time of year.  Solomon’s seal is unlucky enough to have a particularly serious sawfly pest whose larvae can strip it or the related Polygonatum plants bare.  The larvae feed in groups so severe damage happens very quickly as the greyish […]

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bedding plants

Tip for the week :  30th May – 5th June. Buying bedding Plants

Buying Bedding Plants  It has become a ritual for many of us to spend end of May Bank Holiday with a trip down to the garden centre to seek out our summer bedding plants. The frosts have gone until next autumn and our gardens can once again be adorned with these brilliant flowers. Whether it […]

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