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Potty Feet

There is so much innovation out there in the gardening community and one of the things I love most about visiting flower shows is spotting new innovative products. Recently most new products that I’ve seen have focused on various watering systems, so when I walked past Jardinopia’s “Potty Feet” stall I was pleasantly surprised. At first […]

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Wave Goodbye to Box Blight!

Start Planting Buxus Again – The Long Awaited Cure for the Dreaded Box Blight is Here Once a beautiful feature in many UK gardens, whether used as a low dividing hedge, styled into topiary shapes or simply as a feature bush; box bush declined due to the box bush fungus cylindrocladium buxicola which decimated buxus plants […]

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Should I be using glyphosate based weed killer in my garden?

As an avid gardener and proponent of grow your own, I have always tried to focus on organic methods of growing. By organic I mean limiting the use of raw chemicals, so I would use horse manure as a fertiliser rather than buying a chemical preparation, granted that it is the chemicals (mostly nitrogen) in […]

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The New Stanley 4-in-1 Petrol Garden Multi Tool

Having recently been given the opportunity to trial Stanley’s Petrol Hedge Trimmer, NAP Brands also sent me Stanley’s new 4-in-1 Petrol Garden Multi Tool to test. I must say that I have always been reticent to buy a gardening multi tool since I was concerned that instead of buying one tool that does the job it’s meant […]

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Trialling Stanley’s New Petrol Hedge Trimmer

Stanley Tools New Power Gardening Tools “Stanley” the household name for quality hand tools; and if you didn’t know the ubiquitous Stanley Knife actually takes its name from Frederick Trent Stanley who founded “Stanley Bolt Manufacturing” in 1843. Fortunately for us gardeners they have now started producing garden power tools. As a keen gardener and […]

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The Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

This year, the Big Garden Birdwatch will take place from 28-30 January 2017! In 2016, the Big Garden Birdwatch count was pretty awesome! Some stats: 519,000 people counted 8,262,662 birds! If you’ve been in a state school in the last 20 years, or ever watched Springwatch, the chances are that you have heard of the […]

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How to Deal with Wood Pigeons

Wood pigeons Wood pigeons seem to be increasing in number and everywhere I go, to give a talk, do a demo in a garden centre or doing a GQT these feathery pests certainly seem to be featuring heavily in people’s gardens! They do damage all over the garden, but worst hit are the edibles – […]

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Best Gardens for Event Hire

Gardens are brilliant to visit, but how about hiring a venue space at one? How amazing would that be?!! *Hiring the Orangery at Kew Gardens, London What a wonderful spot! I was at Kew last Saturday (17/12) and there was a wedding/reception just about to happen. What a wonderful background for some stunning photographs! Kew […]

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Top Public Gardens of 2016

Gardens to Visit If you have found your way to this (frankly brilliant!) gardening website, then the chances are you are into gardens and gardening!? Most keen gardeners that I speak to also are fans of visiting gardens to check out what they are growing and how they are growing it. My Top Gardens of […]

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Christmas Poinsettia – Beautiful Euphorbia

What is the most beautiful Euphorbia? The genus Euphorbia includes many plants that are commonly found in UK gardens today. When it comes to choosing to most beautiful Euphorbia, though, this is a bit of a play on words. Euphorbia pulcherrima literally translates as “the most beautiful Euphorbia.” What is the Euphorbia pulcherrima? It is […]

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