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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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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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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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Tresco Abbey Garden: Get the look in 3 pots

The second largest of the Isles of Scilly, Tresco has been attracting tourists for years to its stunning gardens. The frost-free climate on the island means that a collection of plants like no other on a British island has been formed. Those who have had the chance to visit return awe-struck. Whether you have visited […]

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The Soil is warming up; time to mulch!

What is mulch? The RHS defines mulches as: “loose coverings or sheets of material placed on the surface of cultivated soil.” You can apply mulch to soil on the ground or on top of composts in containers. There are two types of mulch; biodegradable and non-biodegradable. Biodegradable mulches The design purpose of a biodegradable mulch […]

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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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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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