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Grow your own delicious sweetcorn

  Sweetcorn is amazingly easy to grow and the quality of the cobs grown at home is entirely different to even the freshest ones you can buy. It’s simple really – as soon as the cob is picked the sugars in the kernels start to be converted to starch, so  spoiling the flavour! Grow them […]

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greening grey britain

Green your own bit of grey Britain: 5 top tips

Green your own bit of grey Britain: 5 top tips   At this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the RHS feature garden was all about promoting the theme of ‘Greening Grey Britain’. The garden’s designer, Ann-Marie Powell, was tasked with creating a garden to be part of the nation-wide call to action. Her garden is […]

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Clematis chiisanensis Amber

How to grow the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2016, Clematis chiisanensis AMBER

How to grow the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2016, Clematis chiisanensis AMBER   One of the most exciting times in the horticultural world is discovering which plant has been chosen as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year. This year did not disappoint. The plant this year was the […]

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marrow plants

Gardening Tip of the Week 23rd-30th May

The weather forecast has been kind to us this week and it forecasts over 7 degrees at night even for the Northern Counties. This should eliminate the risk of frost and it is time to plant out your courgette plants. I would wait a couple of weeks with outdoor cucumber plants as they are slightly […]

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lilac

Flower of the week 23 – 30 May. From YOUR garden to YOUR table!

At this time of the year when the seasons are changing, the spring bulbs are now past their best and the summer flowers have not yet emerged, I like to  turn to flowering shrubs to enhance my home . Flowering shrubs are so under rated as flowers for the home, this is  because they are […]

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sweet potatoes gyo

Yes – you can grow your own sweet potatoes in the UK!

You can grow your very own sweet potatoes at home Most of my vegetable growing space is taken up with crops we eat a lot of  and which produce well, but I do enjoy growing a few ‘exotics’ like sweet potatoes too. This is a tropical crop but in all but the worst UK summer […]

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Azeleas

Evergreen azaleas to take your breath away

With so many plants coming into their peak around this time of year, it is hard to pick my favourite one. There are few displays, however, as breath taking as an azalea the size of a house in bloom!   Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park In Richmond Park, Surrey is the Isabella plantation. The plantation is […]

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Gardening In May

Jobs For May 8 Seasonal Tips

The UK had some very varied weather in April, and May is promising to be just as unsettled! Whatever the weather though, there are plenty of jobs to be getting on with in May. Preparing beds Now is the time to put some love into preparing the beds for your summer bedding. You will reap […]

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A Beautiful Lawn

Spruce Up Your Lawn

If there’s one part of your garden that has suffered the most in that last wet, miserable winter, chances are it’s the lawn. Whether you have grass (that doubles as a football practice/play/dog-exercising  area),  a bowling-green that’s your pride and joy or something in between, it will need your help. But what is it that […]

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Carrots

Companion Planting – Carrots

Companion Planting – Carrots A very wise person once said: “In nature everything interacts to create a whole life force. This is a basic understanding … that everything organic and living has a mutual influence on every other living thing.” The term companion planting refers to the selection of plants to be planted together for […]

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