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The Hive Kew

Experience life as a bee at RGB Kew!

Experience life as a bee at RGB Kew!   If you ever ‘needed’ an excuse for a day trip to the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, then the latest spectacular installment is quite an excuse; you’re in for a treat!   Take a right from the entrance and walk between the Palm House and the […]

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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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Flower of the Week Boris’ “Red Hot Poker” Kniphofia

Gardening  Week  25th  June – 1st July Some plants are classed as ‘cottage garden plants’, have you ever thought why? The reason probably is, because people that lived in cottages did not have the same pressure to keep up with the Jones’s as  those that lived in stately homes or town houses. They did not bother […]

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Aphid Control – Get Rid of Those Greenfly

Aphids: Greenfly and blackfly (and indeed all their close relatives which range in colour from white-yellow through pink and brown to black!) can do an immense amount of damage.  There are numerous different species of these pests , collectively known as aphids, and just about every plant in your garden will be likely to be […]

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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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Help! What’s that tree? – The Woodland Trust’s new Tree ID App.

  Tree identification in the UK can be tricky – the plant collectors of the Victorian era made sure that every tree that could possibly be grown in the UK, is in the UK! The fact that you have found this site probably means that you have some interest in plants and trees, but being […]

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herb garden

Top Tips for Creating Your Own Herb Garden

How to Create a Herb Garden Herbs are one of the easiest and most satisfying things to grow in the garden. And why spend a fortune on herbs at the supermarket or local greengrocer when you can easily grow them yourself? There is nothing more satisfying than nipping outside and picking the herbs that you […]

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Children Gardening

Create a Lifelong Love of Gardening – How to Get Children Interested in Gardening

Gardening is a wonderful hobby for children to enjoy and one which can stay with them for a lifetime. Not only does it get them outdoors into the fresh air but it’s also a great opportunity to learn about plants and nature. The key to encouraging children into the garden is to make the experience […]

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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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