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Winter Cutting Back & Pruning

How to prune and cut back plants in the winter Once the leaves have fallen  from deciduous shrubs and trees it is so much easier to see if their structure has become too congested.  It is also a lot easier to  spot : Dead, Diseased and Damaged branches or stems. It is these three D’s […]

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Protecting Your Plants from the Cold

Protecting plants from the winter weather Last month I talked about keeping plants in pots happy over the winter  – definitely one of the first jobs to do . But for many of us a little bit of winter protection is in order for many plants, even if they are growing in open ground. Which […]

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Protect Your Potted Plants from Winter Damage

How to protect container plants from the winter weather Container growing is great, especially if you’ve not got a lot of open ground to use as your garden. But at this time of year all those plants in pots, whose roots are above soil level are at risk of winter damage. Adequate Winter Drainage The first […]

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strawberry plants

How to Maintain Strawberry Plants Over Winter

Strawberry Plant Sort out As you know, I’m more than a bit partial to some sun-warmed, superbly juicy and sweet home grown strawberries ….but just because the season is well and truly over that’s not to say that we can forget those small, inconspicuous strawberry plants . With a little bit of TLC right now […]

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Fallen leaves

What to do with all those fallen leaves?

Leafmould I’m always on the look out for a bargain, so something FREE is extra appealing. One of the most important factors in successful gardening is a healthy soil. It is simply fundamental for obvious reasons. Whether you mainly grow ornamentals or edibles, that healthy soil is the key to success. Gardening involves cropping and […]

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planting garlic

Great, Gorgeous Garlic!

Garlic is great, gorgeous and good for you. What more could you ask for! Autumn garlic planting  is this month and next. If you’ve only ever planted early in the year before, take it from me, you can get some great crops from autumn planting, it often forms larger bulbs and is invariably ready to harvest […]

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oriental vegetables

Oriental Vegetables

Don’t forget to make best use of any space not already filled with autumn planting vegetables – plant your own Chinese take-away! There are a wonderful array of delicious oriental vegetables which can be sown  from seed if you gets your skates on, often providing some delicious additions to salads , sandwiches and stir-fries  for […]

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apples on a tree

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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vegetable plot

Maintaining Your Vegetable Plot During the Holidays

Vegetable plot maintenance There  can be a tendency for things to start to slip downhill in August, especially if the weather is very hot or you’re off for a summer holiday but, with a little bit of effort you can get far better results and keep your vegetable plot as productive possible for as long […]

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Tomatoes

Keeping Tomatoes Performing to Perfection

Keeping Tomatoes Performing to Perfection By now you’ll no doubt have enjoyed some gorgeous home-grown tomatoes, it has been a good year for those in greenhouses but slightly less so for outdoor plants in my garden – the very slow arrival of summer followed by a heatwave has kept my outdoor tomato plants unusually small […]

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