Adjustments For Effective Water Butts

Adjustments For Effective Water Butts

Ah the vagaries of an English summer . . . .  one minute hot sunshine and within a whisper, the clouds come and it’s freezing again.   However with the massive climate changes, we definitely aren’t getting the amount of rain we have generally been used to.  This makes the saving of water an imperative for […]

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Fit Twin Bins To Downpipes To Save Rain

Currently as we go through this incredibly difficult time confined to our homes with no opportunity to visit gardens or historic houses – the usual sources of inspiration and days out for busy week in week out family agendas.  Now though we can concentrate on getting our own little areas of little Britain up and […]

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Gardening Expertise Brings Out The Best In Clay

My garden is almost 20 years old and came as part of my new house purchase.  Housing developers are known for cutting corners, scrimping to eek out the great profit from every square mm of land – my garden included.  The estate was built on farmland so and I am pretty sure that no previous […]

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The Family Tree In More Ways Than One

In these days of planet saving worries to all families under retirement age, there is now a very happy return to thoughts of gardening and making the most of what little outside space some folk have found themselves with.  As an aside, this was highlighted as a problem with so many families buying brand new […]

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Growing Carrots at Home

Carrots come in shapes and colours other than long and orange – look out for round carrots, as well as unusual colours such as red, yellow and even purple. They can be grown in containers if you are short on space, or your soil is stony or heavy clay. Sow regularly for prolonged cropping.They freeze […]

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Starting Out With a New Allotment

Finding an allotment and readying it for cultivation can seem a daunting task, but with these simple steps, a productive plot is easier than you might think. While it is exciting taking on a new allotment, it can also be very daunting, especially if you inherit a neglected, overgrown plot. Before you take on a […]

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How to Plant Trees and Shrubs

Trees and shrubs provide height, so give an extra dimension to your garden. With careful selection they can also provide colour for seasonal interest throughout the year whether with flowers, fruit, autumn leaves or winter silhouettes. Select the right size and number of trees to fit with the size of your garden, bearing in mind […]

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Planting Using Containers

Planting in containers is a skill all gardeners should learn. You can create beautiful displays using many kinds of garden plants for seasonal interst. Containers come into their own when space is limited and you can move and arrange plants more easily than those in the ground. Clay or terracotta Looks very attractive, but tends […]

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