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Vine Pruning Tips

Keep Pruning your Vine Have you just returned from a short holiday or a weekend break and found so many surprises greeting you in your allotment or garden? Courgettes that weren’t there before are now nearly full sized marrows, tomatoes split from the excessive rainwater, and a complete new scene of flowers, (and weeds!). Well […]

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When to Prepare Your Summer Beds

 (Spring) Cleaning Now – Prepare Your Summer Bedding Weed, Weed, Weed! Although the summer solstice is about to descend on us, now is the time to finish spring cleaning your gardening. The beginning of spring is definitely the right time to spring clean one’s house, our gardens have a self cleansing mechanism during that period. […]

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Garden Zones – Rooms in Your Garden

Some people have ‘garden rooms’, this season it’s all about ‘rooms’ in your garden! There is nothing I enjoy more than relaxing in my garden with a few friends and a few drinks(!), and with summer on its way, I’ve been thinking more and more about how I can create zones in my garden to […]

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Best Bulbs to Plant with Children

Fast Growing Summer Bulbs Which Children Will Enjoy It is always good to pass on our love for gardening to our children, but if we want their gardening enthusiasm to stay with them for life we need to give them the extra carrot! Sowing parsnip seeds which will take 3 weeks to germinate and another […]

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Plant Lavender Now for Gorgeous Summer Display and Fragrance

Fantastic Deal on Hidcote and Munstead hardy lavender plug plants get 72 plug plants for just £9.99 – just 14p per plant – with FREE postage!!! Lavender can be planted as a low growing hedge or in drifts, but even if you have no room for a major display you must have at least a […]

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Are You Looking for a New Fence?

A revolution in fence panels: straight lines and no more splinters! Well, no-where near as many! I don’t know about you, but storm Doris played havoc in my garden. I had to replace quite a few glass panels in my greenhouse and just don’t talk to be about fence panels! Well actually, do talk to […]

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Perennial Plug Plants – Buying Guide

How to save when planting perennials   How do we fill a border with perennial plants without hurting the pocket? The simple answer is sowing seed, but perennials from seed rarely flower in the first year and need a lot of time and protection in the early years. The alternative is to buy full sized […]

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Understanding Mail Order Seed Varieties

Seed Varieties Deciphered Gardening Tip – For the week   22nd Nov. – 28th  Nov. December is a busy month for everyone – especially for the postal services, multiplying the likelihood of your parcel getting delayed or lost, by at least 4 times the norm. The other option of waiting till the nation wakes up again […]

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The life of an indoor gardener

Modern Indoor Gardening A growing trend in recent years has been the advent of indoor gardening. Whether out of necessity due to lack of available outside space or through lack of mobility, indoor gardening offers a viable alternative that delivers much of the same benefits of the outdoor variety. Living in London, lack of space […]

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America – they think it’s all over! The Obama flatworm has been found in Oxfordshire!

Obama flatworm discovered in Oxfordshire! Obama Flatworm Facts and Figures: Obama flatworm, Obama nungara ‘Obama’ comes from the Tupi language. Leaf (oba) and animal (ma). Originally from Brazil Grows to 7cm Eats snails and worms Head of Horticulture at the Horticultural Trades Association, the HTA, Raoul Curtis-Machin comments: “This discovery is a concern to the industry. Although […]

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