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Winter Bedding Ideas To Inspire You

Winter Bedding Ideas   I don’t know about you, but I love to plan my winter bedding about now. I’ve popped some lovely yellow and red tiny pansies in a bed with some tulip bulbs, but my mind is more focused on my winter bedding ideas for next year. I like to plant my winter […]

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How to Grow Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phalaenopsis Orchids Phalaenopsis orchids really have to be my favourite plant.  You can’t move in garden centres and gift shops for these wonderful moth orchids, so other people must be as in love with them as I am. Common name: Moth orchid Botanical name: Phalaenopsis Flowers: All year round (be prepared to wait a long […]

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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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Straw Bale Gardening – What is it?

Straw Bale Gardening – What is it?   As a keen gardener, especially in between journalistic projects, I am always keen to explore different ideas and one which recently cropped up in conversation was Straw Bale Gardening.   Although straw bale gardening has been around for sometime, the sixties in fact, there is surprisingly very […]

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