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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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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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Harvest Apples

Harvest apples Whether you’ve got  one apple tree in a tiny back garden or what amounts to a mini orchard, this is the time of year when you can indulge in one of my (many!) gardening passions – harvesting tree-ripe apples as the early autumn sun warms your back …and then, before you even think […]

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Enjoy Phlox Paniculata – late flowering show bloom

  Flower of the week from YOUR garden to YOUR table:   12th Sept. – 18th Sept. “One of the most imposing border plants – planted in groups of three or more they are an impressive sight – their beautiful scent and flowers are highly attractive to bees and butterflies and make them a good cut […]

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How to get rid of Leather Jackets – daddy-long-legs larvae

How to get rid of Leather Jackets (The insect not that awful thing your husband bought in the seventies!!) The daddy-long-legs invasion that they’re talking about in the news!!   It’s that time of year again, and my carefully manicured lawn is just full of leather jackets, and the adult crane flies (daddy-long-legs) have started […]

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Sowing Your Winter Radish

Its time to go back to seed sowing – Winter Radishes Its time to sow seeds again. I have been lax in sowing seed during the last few months; and surprisingly now I have had a sudden urge to start again. Most classic radish varieties like Scarlet globe, Sparkler or French Breakfast can still be […]

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Soil Moisture Meter

What does a soil moisture meter do? Should I use one?

What does a soil moisture meter do? Should I use one?   Wow – it has been dry this year! If like me, you love your garden, you will have been panicking over the amount of rainfall and working out a plan to make sure that your garden is kept well watered. In the circle […]

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Sandringham Show and Foxgloves

Sandringham Show and Foxgloves   One of the highlights in my calendar is the Sandringham Show and after visiting on 27th July this year, I came away with some beautiful pots of foxgloves. Some might say that it is a bit late for foxgloves, but I think that there is still plenty of time to […]

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