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Toadstools in Turf

Toadstools in Turf I’ve more than a passing fascination with fungi  and at this time of year they can be hard to escape – they’re literally popping up everywhere and often causing a lot of distress, especially to those lawn-loving gardeners or when they suddenly appear  in a newly mulched flower border.  So if your […]

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Chillis – preparing for Winter

Chillis – preparing for Winter As I’m sure all my readers know, I am very keen on my chillis. Each year I seem to manage to grow just a few more – encouraged by seed-swaps with lots of my friends. The trouble is that English Summers tend not to be either hot or long, and […]

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chafer grub damage

Treat Your Lawn for Chafer Grubs ASAP!

Chafer Grubs Now I know that looks aren’t everything BUT these really are grim to look at and they can do a lot of damage too. Chafer grubs are the young or larvae of garden chafer beetles (those brownish beetles which suddenly appear in large numbers in May and June and clatter against the windows […]

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Top Tips on Turf Laying – This Autumn should be a perfect time

Turf Laying – Top Tips especially for clay soils   I’ve laid a few lawns in my time and I usually prefer seed. This year, however, the whole thing has really got to me and I have decided to lay turf. Being quite practiced at the ‘art’, I thought I would share some hints and tips that […]

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Bismarckia nobilis

Love palms, love Cornwall! By Claire

Love palms, love Cornwall! I have lived in Cornwall all of my life and I really wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. It’s just a hive of gardening wonder. The palms, the palms! I just love them and would love to fill my garden with them. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately!) I have stuck with three […]

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apples on a tree

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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leather jacket

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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jaffa cakes

How to make Jaffa Cakes Great British Bake Off style? First grow your oranges!

How to make Jaffa Cakes Great British Bake Off style? First grow your oranges!   I’m not going to lie; I am already gripped by this year’s Great British Bake Off! The first technical challenge this year was to bake Jaffa Cakes (who else was shouting at their TV when Andrew was confused about how […]

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