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Planting trees in autumn

Published: 11th October, 2017
autumn trees in the garden

Autumn is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. The temperature may be dropping and the nights are getting darker, but it also comes with a breath-taking array of berries & stunning foliage in magical hues of reds, oranges and yellows. Our gardens may be approaching their dormant…

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Propagate Your Favourite Plants By Taking Cuttings

Published: 27th September, 2017
taking cuttings to propagate plants

September/October is the ideal time to take cuttings from your favourite strains of tender perennials to increase your stock for next spring or to make sure they live on if the parent plants do not survive the winter. There are a large number of plants that can be propagated from cuttings; Examples include Pelargoniums, Fuschias,…

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Spring starts here! Spring flowering bulbs

Published: 13th September, 2017
Spring flowering bulbs

It’s difficult to think about winter being just around the corner, but the summer IS coming to an end and it’s time to start thinking Spring. Spring bulbs are now flooding into the stores and online outlets with hundreds of varieties to choose from and should be planted over the next two months for dazzling…

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Collecting seeds from your flowering plants

Published: 30th August, 2017
Collecting seeds from flowering plants

It’s so rewarding to propagate your own flowers and it can be really easy and inexpensive by collecting your own seeds. It will allow you to keep your garden constantly replenished, year after year, for next to no cost.  It does however have to be done at the right time. Too early and the seeds…

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How to deadhead plants

Published: 9th August, 2017
Deadheading plants to encourage growth

Keep borders, flower beds, hanging baskets and pots in your garden looking fuller for longer with just a little deadheading care. Deadheading is the removal of any spent blossoms and seed pods from your perennials and annuals and it’s carried out for a couple of reasons. First of all, once the flower is spent it…

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How to get rid of Vine Weevils

Published: 26th July, 2017
how to get rid of vine weevils

Vine weevils are a dreaded garden pest in many ornamental crops as well as strawberries and other fruit crops. Adult vine weevils are about 7-10mm long, brownish black and have dull yellow spots on their back. They feed on the leaves of plants at night taking round bites out of the leaves from the edge.…

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Feeding your plants with liquid fertilisers

Published: 12th July, 2017
liquid feed or liquid fertiliser

Water alone is not enough to make plants strong, healthy and happy. Like all living creatures they breathe, they get thirsty and they are always hungry and need important nutrients to thrive.  But keeping plants fed needn’t be complicated or hard work. Liquid fertilisers, usually applied every one to two weeks during the growing season,…

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Lighting up your garden with solar lights

Published: 28th June, 2017
Gardman Solar lights

Your garden is a valuable space and a true extension of your house, yet so many of us only really use it during the day. Why not transform your outdoor space into an area that can be used day or night, light or dark? Garden lighting adds interest and brings a fabulous atmosphere to any…

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Time to celebrate Dads

Published: 14th June, 2017
Fathers Day man cave products

This Sunday is Father’s Day, a day to honour and celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds, their influence in society and all the special qualities possessed by our Dads. The celebration of fatherhood in Catholic Europe is known to date back to at least the Middle Ages, and it is observed on 19th March. But, according to…

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Strawberries for Wimbledon?

Published: 31st May, 2017
how to grow strawberries in time for Wimbledon

Strawberries are luscious, juicy and the quintessential English summer fruit. They were a particular favourite with the Victorians who adored them with sugar and cream as part of afternoon tea. The fashionable afternoon tea ritual was introduced to Wimbledon tennis in the early days of the tournament in the 1870s and persists today as part…

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