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Gardening – Little & Often

Being there, little and often   The most successful approach to gardening is bit by bit, with continual, small successes that build confidence, interest and a great garden. Dig this? A common beginning is to dig the soil. It gives exercise and looks nice! However the sequel is less fun, endless weeding and coping with […]

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Which Telescopic Hedge Trimmer

  Telescopic Hedge Trimmer Choices Telescopic hedge trimmers come in three types; electric, petrol or battery. Electric Telescopic Hedge Trimmers Obviously electric is the easiest to use (with a power breaker of course, especially in wet weather), but that would not help on allotments with no source of electricity. Petrol Telescopic Hedge Trimmers The second option is […]

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NoDig – Charles Dowding -Save time, garden clever

Save time, garden clever  Time is precious and the best gardeners use it wisely. They don’t waste time by sowing seeds out of season, or waiting too long before dealing with weeds. I explain this throughout my diary (use code JH17 to get £4 discount when buying online). which is centred on efficient use of […]

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Perennial Plug Plants – Buying Guide

How to save when planting perennials   How do we fill a border with perennial plants without hurting the pocket? The simple answer is sowing seed, but perennials from seed rarely flower in the first year and need a lot of time and protection in the early years. The alternative is to buy full sized […]

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Leek – A Firm British Favourite

The British History of Leeks The Leek – although the emblem of Wales – really has its origins steeped in English history, with whole towns like Leek in Derbyshire named in this vegetables honour. In Old English all vegetable gardens were called leek gardens and the name was especially connected with any member of the […]

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Ivy – Benefits & Pitfalls

Botanical  Name: Hedera Helix. Common Name: Ivy Ivy is the kind of plant that most people dislike, they consider it a large monster – in some states of the U.S.A., ivy is actually banned from being sold in garden stores as it is reckoned an invasive species. However, it will only have a monstrous effect […]

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A Colourful Winter Planter

How to make a colourful winter planter Making the planter A few days ago a friend approached me with a home made planter and challenged me to fill it with colourful flowers. The planter was well made; he had used decking wood which is a good idea. Decking is already treated wood, reasonably wide and value […]

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Top Tips for Pond Cleaning

How to clean your pond Avoid pushing more soil into your pond   The first problem I encountered was that as I moved anything near the pond, more soil kept falling into the pond which would only mean that I would have even more soil to extract. I therefore dug a trench about 45 cm  away […]

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Viburnum a winter flowering gem!

Botanical  Name: Viburnum This week I purposely did not fill in the full botanical name in the heading to the article because there are many similar ones that you can choose from. The idea is to have flowers at this otherwise cold and flowerless time of the year, so it is important to avoid the […]

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Allotment Planning for the New Year

It is the New Year –  or at least that is what the calendar says , but there is very little to do in the garden at the moment so does the gardeners year begin now?  – Maybe it would be more suitable to join up with the tax man and make the Gardeners New […]

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