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Container Gardening

Container Gardening ideas for small spaces

Container Gardening ideas for small spaces   As a London based freelance journalist, I often sit in the tiny space that is rumoured to be my garden and wonder how to make it appear more aesthetically appealing or make better use of the space. Often friends will frequent my abode, and when possible cram themselves […]

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Azeleas

Evergreen azaleas to take your breath away

With so many plants coming into their peak around this time of year, it is hard to pick my favourite one. There are few displays, however, as breath taking as an azalea the size of a house in bloom!   Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park In Richmond Park, Surrey is the Isabella plantation. The plantation is […]

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PH Soil Test

Do You Know Your Soil’s PH Value?

Soil pH testing  When you are designing your garden, it is really important to know what soil type you will be planting into and the pH of your soil. If you have alkaline soil, you won’t be able to grow blue hydrangeas, for example. What is soil?  “The upper layer of earth in which plants […]

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Nest Box

Did You Know About Nest Box Cameras?

Nest box cameras Over the last few years, the technology involved in the cameras used in nest boxes has come down in price, making them an increasingly affordable addition to your garden. It is thought that around 60 species of birds are using nest boxes in gardens in the UK; who knows what you might […]

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Topiary

Topiary – You CAN Do It!

Topiary  There are few skills in the garden that produce results as breathtaking as well-executed topiary. Hedge topiary Along the old A3 route near Petersfield in Hampshire is an incredible hedge that I have seen clipped as a dragon for a very long time. The hedge itself is at least 20 foot long and 6 […]

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Gardening In May

Jobs For May 8 Seasonal Tips

The UK had some very varied weather in April, and May is promising to be just as unsettled! Whatever the weather though, there are plenty of jobs to be getting on with in May. Preparing beds Now is the time to put some love into preparing the beds for your summer bedding. You will reap […]

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british cut flowers

The British Cut Flower Revival; will it last?

Facts and figures In the UK, fresh cut flowers and indoor plant market is worth £2 billion (retail) per year. (It is interesting to note that the UK music industry is worth around £2 billion.) The average spend per person per year is £36 90% of cut flowers come from overseas 6,800 hectares of cut […]

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Carrots

Companion Planting – Carrots

Companion Planting – Carrots A very wise person once said: “In nature everything interacts to create a whole life force. This is a basic understanding … that everything organic and living has a mutual influence on every other living thing.” The term companion planting refers to the selection of plants to be planted together for […]

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Beating Slugs and Snails – 10 Strategies that Work

Slugs and Snails. Words that strike terror into the hearts of gardeners everywhere. The most feared of all the garden pests, slugs and snails can destroy plants and flowers in matter of hours and are notoriously difficult to control. With their voracious appetite they will quickly strip a plant of its foliage, leaving destruction in […]

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Peas

Planting Peas, Mange Tout and Broad Beans

Broad beans, peas and mangetout favour the cooler growing conditions of early summer as their seeds germinate at low temperatures. While days are getting longer and warming up, nights and soil are still too cool for many crops but these attractive, tasty and nutritious vegetables are easy to cultivate so great for beginners and experienced […]

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