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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Natural or designed? 6 ways to recognise the English Landscape Style

    The English Landscape Style

    One might view a typical English landscape and assume it is natural. But is it? This is a year in which birthday congratulations are owed to a remarkable landscape architect. Capability Brown actually helped to create the English landscape as we recognise it today. He moulded hills and valleys into the archetypal  scenery that we believe to be natural.

    Gatton Park, Capability Brown, landscape, design, architect, garden, 300th, birthday Gatton Park near Reigate is a beautiful Capability Brown landscape near Reigate in Surrey.

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  • Creepy Crawlies: things that chomp in the night (and day).

    Creepy things that chomp. Six reasons to let them.

    Creepy crawlies in the garden. What do you do when you see caterpillars chomping away on your beloved plants? Squash them/throw them over into the neighbour’s garden? Photograph them? Applaud and show the children? Clearly, nobody wants the cabbage white larvae eating their brassica.
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  • Bee friendly to reap the rewards

    The sweetest thing is a bee

    As National Honey Week approaches, (25-31 October), it's time to celebrate the honey harvest. But will any busy bees be joining in the party? Depending on the weather, the answer will probably be no, they’ll be huddling in a cluster in order to keep warm.  Let’s look at why bees are so important – and see what we can do to help these flying insects.

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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    A trio to tackle in the garden: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. 

    What's good in the garden right now? The answer is LOTS. Gardens are alive with bloom; foliage; colour and that most important topic of all: insects. Without them our flowers and fruit will not be pollinated; our birds and small mammals won't have any breakfast and the garden would be a dead and dreary place.

    On that note, let's all join in with the BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT. It's good... it's on now and ends on 9 August!

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