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  • Deliciously tempting: 10 unusual edible plants to try growing at home

    Grow your own unusual edible plants

    grow your own, grow, vegetables, fruit, garden, allotment, soil, eat, produce, gardening, Grow your own edible plants! But why stop at the predictable produce when you can grow unusual fruit and vegetables too?

    The ‘grow your own’ habit is growing! Around one in three people are now thought to grow some sort of edible plants, from simple windowsill herbs through to full ’10-pole’ allotment produce. It seems that people love being able to control which fertilisers and chemicals, or lack of them, go into the food they eat. The desire to eat organic food seems to be an expanding one as more and more people are realising that ‘we are what we eat’.
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  • Lavender, lavender everywhere, and even a drop to drink!

    What are those  Lavender fields forever, and how do we use this herb?

    Lavender is considered by most of us to be a quintessentially English sub-shrub, that we love to see and smell.  But did you know that Lavandula is actually a Mediterranean plant that was brought over to Britain by the Romans? This was hailed as a great healing plant because it possesses antiseptic qualities. In fact it was used to make a washing fluid which kept clothes smelling fresh during Roman times. Indeed ‘lavare’ means ‘to wash’ in Latin.

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  • Fake news - Welcome life and get some soul into your garden

    The trend for fake grass shows no sign of abating, indeed we seem to be in love with artificial lawns rather than the biodiveristy this product replaces.

    One of the best things about having a garden revolves around wildlife and living things. Have you noticed, for instance, how quickly natural organisms attract other life? In other words, nature attracts nature. You only have to include a simple bowl of water in your garden for it to become colonised with interesting life. Insects, birds, plants, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, molluscs and more will visit, and some of them will appear within five minutes. How interesting is that, once you stop to look!
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  • Inside out plants: turning design on its head

    On trend indoors and out - when is a house plant not a house plant?

    Have you noticed the recent trend in garden and interior design? The indoor/outdoor scene seems to be morphing and merging into one!  The division between home and garden has faded. We are now seeing furniture, accessories and planting used interchangeably indoors and out.  How can this work?

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  • Four things to avoid when planting a tree

    Crimes against trees, don't be guilty of committing these planting offences! 

    Whatever tree you plan to plant (and every garden should have at least one), the most important gift you can donate is to plant it correctly. This will help to prevent major problems in the future, including dangerous loss of tree limbs and indeed the demise of the entire tree together with the hazards this poses to nearby people and property. Around 80 per cent of unstable trees have been incorrectly planted, leading to a problem in the root zone.
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  • How to survive summer: is your space 'garden ready'?

    How to survive summer

    It's easy, surely? Summer is the season that most people look forward to. Long, warm days with sunshine and plenty of opportunities for sitting and dining outdoors. But what if summer is a time of sneezing, itching and torment? Perhaps you spend your leisure hours seeking respite from relentless sunshine because you crave to be cool. Your plants might be wilting; your annuals could be drooping and all the colour seems to be fading away to burnt umber.
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  • 15 plants that will help to repel bugs in your garden

    Bugged by bugs in your garden? Here’s 15 plants that can keep biting insects at bay.

    The summer, for all its joy and wonder, can pack a bit of a bite when it comes to insects. Even if you don’t live in the wilds of Bonnie Scotland, there are plenty of flying perils – especially around the time of evening barbecues. Most of us are a bit wary of applying chemicals to body or garden in order to keep bugs at bay. But there are other ways of fending off the mosquitoes, midges and other creatures that like to snack on human flesh!
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  • What's changed in 50 years in our constantly evolving gardens? 10 changes that gardeners have witnessed.

    10 gardening habits that have changed over the last 50 years.

    A lot has changed in 50 years. Did your granny or perhaps great granny like to see the soil between the plants and expect garden shrubs to stay in neat little mounds? She probably expected the edges to be trimmed by shears rather than strimmer and enjoyed the sight of freshly dug soil. Hedges needed to be neatly trimmed at all times; weeds must be immediately banished to the compost heap and neatness should reign supreme.
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  • What ideas can you take home from Chelsea Flower Show?

    Here's 6 ideas to action after experiencing RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show is possibly the greatest flower show on earth and it's taking place this week! Even when it's gone, it doesn't need to be forgotten aned there are, of course, more flower shows to enjoy – including RHS Hampton Court from 4-9 July. The repercussions from such amazing shows can last forever if you take certain thoughts home with you and then act upon them. These events are a source of inspiration and joy during the actual visit, but why let it end there? There are so many garden tips that you can absorb from these magical events and none of these are beyond the reach of 'normal' gardeners.

    Here are a few suggestions for benefits that can last forever:
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  • Create a garden you want to sit in

    Sit and stay! How to train a human to enjoy their garden

    garden, seating, sit, sitting, relaxing, furniture, chair, seat, outdoors, summer, enjoy, This dog is quite good at sitting. But are you?

    Find it difficult to sit down? Gardeners and garden-lovers generally share this tricky trait. They love their gardens so much that they just have to keep adjusting them.  No sooner has bottom touched seat that they are up and off to deadhead the roses; to fix a broken stem and to pluck out a weed.

    STOP!

     

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