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  • How to stop slugs and snails eating your precious plants

    Are slugs and snails having a feast at your expense?

    It’s summertime and slugfest has started! In these day of enlightenment (or an awakening of common sense), it would be encouraging to hope that most people have sealed their poisonous pots for good. But how do you stop slugs and snails (not to mention vine weevils and lily beetles) from decimating your patch of paradise?
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  • What do you know about passion flowers?

    We’ve probably all seen passion flowers. They have a curious structure of radiating, coloured filaments circling a central, exotic arena. The flowers on Passiflora have a 3-D design. Nature is a clever beast and this flower guides pollinators to the nectaries. Native to  tropical America, pollinators include bats, hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and moths. Here in the UK, these flowering beauties have to rely on insects, but they still provide an amazing spectacle.
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  • Four reasons why you need to plant a rose in April or May

    1: You won't need rose-tinted spectacles in the first month of summer

    In springtime, it’s gratifying to bask in the colours of the growing season and there’s a vibrancy which is much-needed after what seems like a long winter. But this can often disappear by June. good gardeners are masters at planning ahead, and now’s the time to plug the June gap! Why? Because April and May are full of vitality, with blooms coming thick and fast. Crocuses, daffodils, grape hyacinths, tulips, alpines such as Aubrieta, spring blossom on trees, Camellias, Forsythia and other spring flowering shrubs are packing a punch that has amazing vitality. But afterwards, the energy gradually slows and can dwindle away to almost nothing. Unless you plan to change this sorry state of affairs! Now is the perfect time to plan for a patch of paradise instead and plant a rose or two.

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  • 3 easy steps to the 'no dig method' of gardening and why it can work for you

    The 'no dig method' of gardening is a growing trend, try it before the main vegetable planting season arrives

    So, here we are, more than three quarters of the way through January already. Grow your own enthusiasts and those with an allotment will already be champing at the bit, eager to start sowing and growing. Let’s look at what you can be getting on with right now.

    It’s a great month for preparing the plot. For some, this means digging. This helps to bury weeds and loosen the soil. Digging the vegetable garden or allotment in order to prepare for spring  growing and sowing is the traditional way to go about things, but with the benefit of ecological understanding together with science, it might not be necessary.
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  • Why you need some lovely lavender in your life

    Six reasons to love Lavender for Mediterranean magnificence and aromatic perfection

    If there’s just one herb you should have in a garden, Lavender comes top. It’s small enough to squeeze into a courtyard, a balcony and even a window box. It will give you far more value than just about any other plant. Why?
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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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  • 10 Ways to get kids out into the garden this spring

    Here's 10 ideas to get kids involved in the garden!

    Young children love gardening. The outdoor world holds such joy for small people who can be inspired by the wonders of nature to a point where it influences their future life. Every minute spent in the garden as a pre-school child or primary pupil is a valuable experience, especially during our era of digital obsession.
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  • Best flowers for spring, can you guess which wins the vote?

    Favourite spring flowers for garden lovers

    There are many icons of spring and most of us feel uplifted by the sight of daffodils raising their cheery faces towards the sunshine. Many of the flowers we see in March and April come from bulbs. But there are also some noteworthy perennials that  are stars at this time of year. Which species do you think wins the popularity vote?

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  • How to open your garden under the NGS National Garden Scheme

    Ever thought about opening your garden to the public? How to join the NGS open garden scheme.

    You don’t need a garden that looks like Hampton Court in order to open it up to the public. Your garden could be of interest to others, provided it is considered to be ‘worth visiting’ and to be exceptional in certain respects. The criteria for open gardens is ‘quality, character and interest’.  The National Garden Scheme (NGS) reputedly recommends that the garden needs to 'offer 45 minutes of interest to visitors'.

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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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