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Espalier apple tree

Top Tips for Pruning Apple, Plum & Pear Fruit Trees

Pruning fruit trees for production and health – How to prune fruit trees  While many people choose to prune their plants to keep them looking good, when it comes to pruning fruit trees it is really important to keep up with their regular pruning to encourage production and to keep them healthy. Generally speaking, if the […]

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Which Seed Catalogue Offers the Best Value?

Comparing Seed Catalogue Prices Gardening Tip – For the week 6th  Nov. – 13 Nov. The enjoyment of perusing seed catalogues is a pleasure which fills many a winter evening for us gardeners! I have always wondered if there is a large difference in price between the major catalogues. So although I have my favourite […]

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You can Enjoy the Winter Flowering Mahonia Even in a Small Garden

Flower of the week from YOUR garden to YOUR table:   14th Nov.  – 21st  Nov. Botanical  Name:  Mahonia Japonica.    Common Name :  Mahonia. I spent a few days visiting my sister in London this week and I felt strongly England’s North South divide. Not from a financial aspect as it is often declared, but  from […]

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The rise of electric and battery powered gardening equipment

Electric and battery powered gardening equipment boom   Commercial shows such as the recent SALTEX exhibition at the NEC, have seen increasing numbers of electric gardening equipment on show. It is becoming clear that powerful, quality, and affordable electric and battery powered gardening equipment for the mainstream, domestic gardener is not in the too distant […]

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strawberry plants

How to Maintain Strawberry Plants Over Winter

Strawberry Plant Sort out As you know, I’m more than a bit partial to some sun-warmed, superbly juicy and sweet home grown strawberries ….but just because the season is well and truly over that’s not to say that we can forget those small, inconspicuous strawberry plants . With a little bit of TLC right now […]

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How to Prune Roses

Comprehensive Guide to Pruning Roses  Roses! Love them or hate them, they need pruning. How to prune roses though? When to prune roses? What about pruning shrub roses? How do you prune climbing roses? Is there anything particular to think about when coming to prune standard roses? Roses are not just a financial investment, but […]

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Don’t waste those seeds – Seed Germination Test

Do seeds really expire on their sell by date? Gardening Tip – For the week 6th  Nov. – 13 Nov. As November sets in, the gardener witnesses the year winding down before his eyes. The end of British Summer Time brings earlier darkness to the world and automatically changes the frame of mind into winter […]

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pampas grass

Pampas Grass for Decorating Your House

Botanical  Name:  Cortaderia .    Common Name :  Pampas Grass Flower of the week from YOUR garden to YOUR table:   7th Nov.  – 13th  Nov. I always encourage people to bring their garden flowers into the house, the enjoyment of seeing home grown flowers should not just be limited to the few hours we are able […]

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Guerilla gardening – What is it?

Want to know more about Guerilla gardening?   For many people the term “guerilla gardening” will leave them with a vacant look, unsure of its meaning. For others it is an innovative trend of making use of and improving patches of public spaces and derelict land which has been neglected or abandoned, although they have […]

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brown rot on apple

How to Deal With Brown Rot on Fruit

Brown rot on Apples and Pears If you’ve noticed soft, squidgy brown patches on your apples and pears, whether these are just harvested or currently in store, the chances are that this is the aptly named ‘Brown rot’ .  Caused by a species of the Sclerotinia fungus , brown rot is a common and damaging […]

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