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  • Green up your roof!

    10 steps to install a GREEN ROOF on your shed, or even your home

    A green roof...why would you install such a thing? Your shed looks perfectly 'shed-like' with its roofing felt. In fact it's just a shed and you barely give it a second glance.

    shed garden A garden shed. How boring is that?

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  • 6 WAYS to be WOWED now Autumn is here

    One week until it's OCTOBER. Now we have passed the Autumn (or Vernal) Equinox, there's no denying that the nights are drawing in. Shall we celebrate?

    Don't think of October as a dull and dreary month. After all, the skies will soon be ablaze with autumn colour and there's no more glorious sight than red, gold and yellow dripping from the trees.

    Let's just see which deciduous trees will be giving us their best FREE display during the month of October and even into November.
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  • Train a tree for free

    Train a tree for free: How to make a cordon; espalier; fan; stepover and more!

    This is plant-a-tree season. There's no better time to get those roots down into the soil so they can establish while there's still some warmth in the ground. You can buy mature trees if you wish. But if you can be a little patient it's usually better to plant a young specimen. It will establish quickly - what's more, you can train it to the shape you desire.
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  • 9 ways to have fun outside in the 9th month of the year

    Nine ways to have fun with plants and vegetables during the 9th month!

    Do your kids or grandchildren show any interest in the garden? If not, are you 'bovvered'?  Do you mind the fact that most of today's small people seem to love their digital world better than the ‘real’, nature-led environment in which you probably grew up? If the answer is a resounding "yes", let's do something about it! Here's nine ways to make some fun:

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  • The September Harvest - Keep Planting!

     

    Who thinks festivals are a new idea? The September harvest (festival). 

     

     

    September is a time when gardeners have their hands full. Literally.

    The harvest is bountiful for those who have been gaily growing. 

    vegetable harvest

    Harvest festivals are an age-old tradition that offer a magnificent celebration of food - a gathering held on or near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon. This is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (this year, on the night of 27 Sept). Traditionally it allowed farmers to continue their harvest late into the night by the light of the full moon. It's also important for migrating birds, many of which are said to rely on the harvest moon in order to commence their migration.

    harvest moon 1

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  • Which plants love bathing in the rain? Here's 5 of the best

    What to do when it rains

    It’s obvious what garden-lovers should be doing when there is precipitation cascading from above. Plan for plants that like the conditions! This is the UK, after all, and one thing is certain – even in areas that are considered to be ‘deserts’ (Dungeness), there is generally quite a bit of rain and there are wet, boggy areas that need a special type of planting.

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  • How can I love my late summer garden?

    It’s late August already. Can you believe it? We wait all year for summer and it seems to be over in a flash. But actually, August in the garden can be a strange month so perhaps we should celebrate it drawing to an end. There’s an air of neglect and wistfulness because schools are closed; people are away on holiday; streets and shops in local towns and villages can be quieter… and many plants are showing a bit of middle-aged wilt. The exuberance of early season has gone. But in its place comes some wonderful treats: Hydrangea; Perovskia; Helenium; Rudbeckia and many more.
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  • Six reasons to get the children out into the garden!

    Summer holidays!  How to have fun with the children...

    The children are enjoying some 'down-time', the sun is shining, the garden is blooming and all is well in your world. Or is it? Are the kids squabbling? Are they bored? Scratchy (the children, not the dog)? It's raining. The flowers are battered. In fact there aren't many flowers, most of them have finished blooming. This is summer. The pinnacle of desire. You have waited all year for this moment and now it's not working out quite as you wished.

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  • Six Garden Tasks for August. Tra la la, can't wait to relax!

    Six sizzling tasks for August in the garden. Tra la la, can’t wait to relax?

    You might be spending this glorious month away on a holiday beach. But if you are a garden-lover, the chances are that you will want to enjoy time in your own special outdoor space. After all, this is the month in which you have the best opportunity to reap the rewards of your labours. August is all about relaxing. That’s what summer’s all about – ISN’T IT?
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  • Turn into a succulent for the summer. A colour theory

    Are you a chameleon or a succulent? A colour theory for summer.

     

    Crassula Magic Sunset houseplant Succulent houseplants. Why should we mimic them?

    At a time of year when it’s all about colour: think of blue skies; yellow and golden sunshine (we hope); colourful flowers; green grass and bright clothes, we tend to mimic what's going on outside by donning colour-coordinated clothes.  Continue reading

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