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rhododendrons

Gardening  Week  13th  – 19th June – Rhododendrons

I never intended including such a common shrub, as a rhododendron as an ornament for my home. I always thought, who bother to bring a flower that is available everywhere, and exists in nearly every garden, into my house .  But I changed my mind when  I walked past  a friends garden in my neighbourhood […]

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Beautiful Small Garden

10 Ways to Make the Most of a Small Garden

  Just because your garden is small doesn’t mean it can’t be a joy to behold. And small gardens also have the added bonus that they can be easily redesigned to suit your needs and mood. Here are our top tips for making the most of a small garden: Use Every Dimension Look carefully at […]

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Plant Your Pumpkins Now to Ensure a Delicious Autumn Crop

Still Time to Plant Pumpkins Summer is underway with the days still getting longer, so if you haven’t planted pumpkins yet there’s still (just) time to get growing. Easy to cultivate, these spectacular fruits are another crop great for beginners and children. They provide good ground cover, supressing weeds and keeping moisture in the soil […]

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potatoes in pots

Gardening Tip for the week 7th – 13th June

Is it too late to plant potatoes? No one can be unsuccessful with growing potatoes  – just put a potato in the ground and it will multiply  within a few months. ( I once forgot to plant a bag of potato seed and they grew a few small potatoes at the end of their roots […]

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Flower of the week from YOUR garden to YOUR table 6th – 12th June.

Herbaceous perennials are the group of plants that die down completely in the winter but their rhizomes or bulbs stay in the soil and surprise us with a new flush of leaves and flowers next summer.  Quite a few perennials have reached their flowering stage by the second week in June, but few can surpass […]

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bedding plants

Tip for the week :  30th May – 5th June. Buying bedding Plants

Buying Bedding Plants  It has become a ritual for many of us to spend end of May Bank Holiday with a trip down to the garden centre to seek out our summer bedding plants. The frosts have gone until next autumn and our gardens can once again be adorned with these brilliant flowers. Whether it […]

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sweetcorn

Grow your own delicious sweetcorn

  Sweetcorn is amazingly easy to grow and the quality of the cobs grown at home is entirely different to even the freshest ones you can buy. It’s simple really – as soon as the cob is picked the sugars in the kernels start to be converted to starch, so  spoiling the flavour! Grow them […]

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greening grey britain

Green your own bit of grey Britain: 5 top tips

Green your own bit of grey Britain: 5 top tips   At this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the RHS feature garden was all about promoting the theme of ‘Greening Grey Britain’. The garden’s designer, Ann-Marie Powell, was tasked with creating a garden to be part of the nation-wide call to action. Her garden is […]

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marrow plants

Gardening Tip of the Week 23rd-30th May

The weather forecast has been kind to us this week and it forecasts over 7 degrees at night even for the Northern Counties. This should eliminate the risk of frost and it is time to plant out your courgette plants. I would wait a couple of weeks with outdoor cucumber plants as they are slightly […]

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lilac

Flower of the week 23 – 30 May. From YOUR garden to YOUR table!

At this time of the year when the seasons are changing, the spring bulbs are now past their best and the summer flowers have not yet emerged, I like to  turn to flowering shrubs to enhance my home . Flowering shrubs are so under rated as flowers for the home, this is  because they are […]

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