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  • Harvest happiness! How to manage your vegetable and fruit glut

    It's harvest time, but what can you do with excess produce from the garden?

    Anyone with a kitchen garden or allotment should be enjoying a harvest glut right now. The apples are ripe for plucking, courgettes are still coming, onions are ready for drying, tomatoes are ripening on the vine and potatoes are inviting you to dig for their delicious treasure. There are still runner beans hiding amongst the climbing green foliage, autumn-fruiting raspberries and tayberries are luscious, blackberries taste beautiful and beetroot is bursting from the soil. If you’re lucky enough to have a fig tree, be sure to collect your fruit by the beginning of October as they won’t tolerate frost. There are late-season plums to harvest too, and damsons which can be picked while slightly unripe as you’ll be cooking them.

    apples, harvest, apple picking, picking apples, rosy fruits, fruit, september in the garden, october in the garden, glut of fruit, kitchen garden, perfectplants.co.uk, It's apple harvest time! But what can you do with all those luscious fruits?

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  • Oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus fruits, can you grow them here in the UK?

    A zest for citrus fruit, how easily do oranges, lemons and limes grow in the UK? 

    Who would have thought that oranges, lemons and other citrus plants would grow so well in the UK? There’s something amazing about the sight of fresh, vibrant fruits growing boldly on even small sized plants. Grapefruits, particularly, are a sight to behold, weighing down small branches with seemingly ridiculous comedy.
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  • Plants that can cope with extremes of weather

    Living on the edge: trees and shrubs to suit extremes of weather

    The warm summer weather hasn’t been easy for plants. They have made it perfectly clear that they are suffering. It takes only a little imagination to hear them calling for water as they reach out with wilting foliage fingers. Many have collapsed before the kind man with the watering can has noticed.

    annuals, plants, flowers, containers, pots, watering, drought, wheelbarrow, robertsbridge, garden, gardening, hosepipe, perfectplants.co.uk, The annual flowers placed lovingly into wheelbarrows outside a railway station look gorgeous, but they are rather labour-intensive to maintain during hot weather.

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  • Ignore granny at your peril! Folklore can be better than science in your garden

    Garden lore: truth or fiction?

    The best nature and garden knowledge, some say, is that which is handed down from generation to generation. Garden folklore might not be the most scientific, but much of it has been tried and tested out in the fields and gardens over time. Since the Egyptians cultivated plants that they collected from Europe, in fact. There are folklore solutions to age-old problems that you might not find in an official guide. Sometimes, listening to granny gives you wisdom!

    Here’s a round-up of useful folklore, tips and thoughts that you might want to put into practice.
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  • If I put climbing plants on my walls and fences, will they do any damage?

    Do climbing plants damage vertical walls and fences?

    As the RHS Chelsea Flower Show gradually fades into memory, most garden lovers are experiencing an emotional high. The boost of enthusiasm generated by what might be the greatest flower show on earth will remain long after the gardens have been dismantled and hopefully re-homed. So, now’s the time to act in order to make hopes and dreams turn into reality. Early summer is just about here, and glorious gardens await your attention!
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  • Five best herbs and vegetables for the kitchen garden

    Ready, steady, grow your own! Here’s five of the best for the kitchen garden

    So, the major growing season is upon us and danger of frost will soon be a thing of the past. There’s no time to waste down on the vegetable plot and the sooner you start growing, the faster your crops will be making their way to the kitchen table.

    Are you a newbie to kitchen garden vegetable growing? Here’s our selection of five easy crops that can be sown and grown now.
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  • It's never too late... or too early... to dip a toe into the allotment

    Ever fancied having an allotment? Why it's becoming a growing trend

    Have you ever fancied having an allotment? Now’s a great time to get involved in your local community growing area, should you be lucky enough to have one. It seems that ‘grow your own’ has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the past decade or so as people appreciate the value of organically-grown, top quality produce together with the enormous satisfaction that can be gained from the entire growing process.
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  • Why choose a crab apple tree for your garden?

    Here's six reasons why a crab apple could be the tree for you!

    If you have the desire to plant a tree in your garden, and, let’s face it, there’s are fewer more rewarding tasks, why should you consider the humble crab apple? The retort is “why not?”. There are so many benefits to this tree that it soon becomes obvious: you’ve just got to have one!

    Here's six wonderful features of a tree that's so easy to please:

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  • Six ways to make yourself smile - even if you don't feel like it!

    Smile! What is it that makes us happy?

    Have you ever noticed how some people seem to smile a lot? How does this make you feel?  Perhaps you are envious or maybe you think they are foolish. You might not even have noticed that  there's a whole heap of people out there who look happy most of the time. Are you one of them?
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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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