In the Garden

Gardening hints and tips from the experts to make your garden more productive or more enjoyable to enjoy.

Gardening Facts

23 August 2011
When the summer grass is growing strongly it needs mowing once or twice a week to keep it in trim. Trouble is that this means you could end up with gallons and gallons of grass clippings, especially if...
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23 August 2011
Some children have a natural affinity for plants and gardens and need very little encouragement, so if you have an enthusiastic youngster simply allow them to be involved as much as possible in growing...
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Garden Equipment

10 August 2011
The very best way to keep your plants watered and nurtured in your absence is to ask a gardening friend or neighbour to step in and help. Choose your helper carefully; paying a teenager pocket money is...
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17 January 2011
Whether you are new to greenhouse gardening or are an experienced underglass grower, there is a certain amount of additional kit that can turn your greenhouse from a glazed space into a real growing powerhouse....
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Garden Pests

03 June 2011
From a gardeners perspective there can be little more annoying that finding your carefully nurtured seedlings, plants and cuttings have either been munched voraciously or have simply disappeared. There...
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10 May 2011
Most people hate nettles because they have a nasty sting to them, but actually nettles are very good for you. One of the best ways to get rid of them is to eat them, but you need to start picking the...
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Garden Plants

08 July 2011
Most gardens have a number of flowering shrubs, from roses and lavender to buddleia and forsythia. The secret to pruning them is to look at how and when they flower. But before you even embark on pruning...
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24 May 2011
We’ve all got half a bag of multi purpose compost kicking around the greenhouse and as long as it’s this season’s compost, hasn’t been left out in the rain and smells fresh it...
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Seasonal tasks in the Garden

14 February 2011
Garden compost is surrounded by unnecessary myth and magic. It is easy to make and requires no special tools. In fact making garden compost is actually letting nature take its course and what I mean by...
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07 February 2011
Unless you have a greenhouse there is a limit to what you can sow during the cold months of February and even with a greenhouse you need to choose carefully and be prepared for a cold snap. It’s...
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articles

What can I do to get my children interested in gardening...

Some children have a natural affinity for plants and gardens and...

23 August 2011

How do I compost grass clippings...

When the summer grass is growing strongly it needs mowing once or...

23 August 2011

What is a green manure...

A green manure is a type of crop that you grow en masse on bare patches...

10 August 2011