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September 15, 2014

An easy to follow Apple pollination guide

Read More: An easy to follow Apple pollination guideIts is now autumn and the ideal time to start harvesting your fruit trees is upon us. It will also soon be the best time to start planting bare rooted Fruit Trees from October onwards so to help you choose the right varieties to grow with each other, we have compiled an easy to follow Pollination guide.

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April 30, 2014

What to grow in your allotment this year

Read More: What to grow in your allotment this yearIt's fast becoming all the craze, a great way to have your own little area to grow your own fresh fruit, vegetables and much much more. A superb way to get back in touch with nature and enjoy the fruits of your own labour.

We have a look at some top, little more unusual varieties to grow this year.

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March 19, 2014

Filling your baskets and containers with Begonias

Read More: Filling your baskets and containers with BegoniasGrowing Begonias from tubers is easy and produce some of the highest levels of success of any summer flowering bulb. If you are thinking about filling your hanging baskets, window-boxes or patio containers then why not give Begonias a try.

The versatility and range available makes them ideal, and we feel the results are so fantastic that you won't be disappointed.

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February 5, 2014

Blueberries - a modern day 'Super Food'

Read More: Blueberries - a modern day 'Super Food'
Fancy growing your own Blueberries? Then now is the ideal time to get started. Blueberries are an easy to grow soft fruit and a versatile shrub that can add both practical and ornamental interest to the garden.

Being high in antioxidants and Vitamin C, they have quickly become one of our recommended Super Foods. The sweet taste makes them very easy to eat and they are great for many uses in the kitchen as well.

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November 28, 2013

Making the most of winter in the garden

Read More: Making the most of winter in the gardenIt may be getting colder, quickly but that doesn't mean the season should be a complete write-off. There is still plenty to add colour to the garden and still many gardening jobs to keep you active outdoors in December.

Have a look now and see some of our favourite winter flowering plants and shrubs, with some top jobs that need to be done now.

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November 14, 2013

Peonies - Bold, beautiful and easy to grow

Read More: Peonies - Bold, beautiful and easy to growPeonies really are a must have perennial garden plant. The enormous and gorgeous blooms are a real sight when in flower and they are so versatile that they can be grown almost anywhere.

Our easy to follow steps on planting will help make the process easy to follow, and we have suggested a couple of our own personal favourite varieties to get you started.

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November 7, 2013

Shade loving plants and bulbs for the garden

Read More: Shade loving plants and bulbs for the gardenIf you find that your garden has limited access to natural light then fear not, there are still many plants available for growing in partial or even fullys shaded areas.

Creating your own border when light is restricted can actually be an easy process and doesn't differ too much from planning a sunny border. Have a look now at some of our suggested plants and bulbs, all suitable for planting now in preparation for flowering next year.

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October 14, 2013

The when and how to prune trees and shrubs

Read More: The when and how to prune trees and shrubsAsk most gardeners to name the task that fills them most with dread and fear, and pruning will almost certainly come to mind. This doesnít of course need to be the case. With a little planning and preparation in advance then we can easily maintain the long term health and vibrancy of the garden. Most pruning is a simple do it yourself job.

Have a look here for some advise on pruning the most common types of garden shrubs and trees.

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September 30, 2013

Naturalising Bulbs for a strong spring display

Read More: Naturalising Bulbs for a strong spring displayBulbs for naturalising are a great way of adding colour to areas which normally wouldn't have much in springtime. We have identified our top 10 bulbs to give a try, planting now in readiness for next spring.

A superb way of creating large displays at low costs, naturalising bulbs are excellent value for money if you have the space available.

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September 18, 2013

Our favourite autumn flowering perennials

Read More: Our favourite autumn flowering perennialsAutumn is one of my favourite seasons of the whole year, it is a time when the garden can still be very much in colour.

We now have a look at some of our favourite autumn perennial plants, a great way to extend the flowering season past the traditional summer months.

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August 15, 2013

Community gardening projects are on the rise

Read More: Community gardening projects are on the riseWhat could be a better idea than coming together as a group (no matter how large or small) to explore and develop a shared love for gardening. Community gardening has been around for a good number of years now but it is increasing in popularity year on year.

Have a look here and see why the need to get involved is increasing and some great projects that may be of interest.

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July 12, 2013

Ornamental plants and shrubs for a tranquil garden

Read More: Ornamental plants and shrubs for a tranquil gardenOrnamental plants and shrubs are becoming increasingly popular in the British garden and their inclusion, even on a small scale will help bring balance and beauty.

A wonderful way to add a touch of exotic and tranquil feel to the garden, they represent great value for money in relation to the years of pleasure they bring.

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June 18, 2013

Some simple ways to create an eco-friendly garden

Read More: Some simple ways to create an eco-friendly gardenWith economic difficulties over the past few years and with an increased attention given to environmental issues (both domestically and around the world) now is a great time to take stock and evaluate exactly how environmentally friendly (eco-friendly) our gardens actually are. Here are some small, simple to implement and relatively low cost techniques which can easily be increade the overall eco-friendliness of the garden.

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May 23, 2013

Spring in the garden - a colourful but busy period

Read More: Spring in the garden - a colourful but busy periodYou only need to have a stroll around to appreciate the beauty of this wonderful season. Many various plants and shrubs are now in full colour and look great as the garden is begining to take shape. It also is an essential time to get busy, shake off the dust from a cold winter and put preperations into full swing for the summer ahead.

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May 3, 2013

Creating your own perennial border

Read More: Creating your own perennial border The introduction of herbaceous border plants to the garden will improve overall visual appearance as well as adding many practical benefits such as attracting bees, butterflies, will help with to limit weed growth and can even act as a natural screen or barrier.

Have a look now for some tips and ideas, and our recommended top five perennial plants to try.

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April 8, 2013

Lilies - The perfect summer pot plant

Read More: Lilies - The perfect summer pot plantLilies, or to give them their true botanic name of Lilium, are an extremely popular herbaceous perennial which are grown for their colourful, showy and large flowers. These wonderfully prominent blooms come in a huge range of colours and in a number of different varieties, shapes and sizes.

»Read More: Lilies - The perfect summer pot plant

March 5, 2013

Grow your own apples - simple and practical

Read More: Grow your own apples - simple and practicalWith an increase of interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables across Britain, there really has never been a better time for you to get on board.

It's simpe, practical and can be great fun. Have a look online now, to see how to plant apple trees, how to care for them and our recommended varieties to try.

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January 24, 2013

Summer flowering Petunia and Surfinia plants

Read More: Summer flowering Petunia and Surfinia plantsA popular choice for growing through the summer, Petunia and Surfinia plants are versatile enough to be grown in pots, containers, baskets and window boxes.

The choice available is large enough to have something for everyone, all guaranteed to brighten up any garden this year.

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January 11, 2013

Growing Dahlias for a splash of summer colour

Read More: Growing Dahlias for a splash of summer colourGrowing Dahlias for the summer garden is a very easy process and one which will provide endless ammounts of flowers right up untill the very first frosts appear.

Have a look at how you can grow them now in pots, ready for a burst of colour once the summer arrives.

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January 9, 2013

Vibrant and colourful summer trailing plants

Read More: Vibrant and colourful summer trailing plants A great way of adding colour to the summer garden and to maximise all space available is to create your own window box or hanging basket displays.

The choice available is huge and the adaptability of summer plug plants, at very low costs make them the ideal choice.

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December 11, 2012

Summer Bedding Plants - Geraniums

Read More: Summer Bedding Plants - GeraniumsWith the right choice of plants that compliment each other perfectly, you can easily create a colourful and enjoyable summer garden. Have a look to see the role that Geraniums (Pelargoniums) can play.

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November 12, 2012

Shift the flowering indoors this winter

Read More: Shift the flowering indoors this winterLate autumn and early winter is a great time to start potting up your indoor flowering bulbs in anticipation of winter fragrance and beauty inside. Have a read now to see what to grow indoors this winter and how to pot them up.

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October 16, 2012

Autumn - A soft transition from summer to winter

Read More: Autumn - A soft transition from summer to winterIt is tempting to neglect this wonderful time of the year, particularly as we have had a limited summer. However, a nice relaxing day in the garden now can help remind us of the joy to be had from now until the arrival of winter and with the right selection of plants the autumn garden can deliver weeks of pleasure.

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September 18, 2012

Gardening when space is at a premium

Read More: Gardening when space is at a premiumLimited space doesnít mean gardening is not possible, and if anything this can help spark creative ideas and imagination amongst us all.

There are a number of key areas which you can develop to maximise all the space you have available to you.

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August 31, 2012

Bedding Plants - Make the most of winter/spring

Read More: Bedding Plants - Make the most of winter/springWhen summer flowering comes to an end there is no need to despair. Working with our award winning maxi plugs will provide you with the perfect opportunity to keep your garden in show throughout the winter and well into spring.

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August 20, 2012

Making water the focal point of the garden

Read More: Making water the focal point of the gardenOne of the most exciting and creative ways to add character to your garden is the introduction of a water feature or a garden pond. It is a very challenging project but one which can create a real sense of achievement on completion and years of simple enjoyment.

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July 26, 2012

Create the perfect bee friendly garden

Read More: Create the perfect bee friendly gardenWith the decreasing population of British garden bees now is the perfect time to plan your garden to help get them back with us. It also can help us too.

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July 19, 2012

For the love of Daffodils

Read More: For the love of DaffodilsDaffodils have been one of the best loved bulbs for centuries. So why do we love them so much?

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May 15, 2012

Pear Pollination Guide

Read More: Pear Pollination GuideNeed some help selecting the best pears for cross pollination? Then follow our guide now.

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March 20, 2012

Grow Your Own Certified Seed Potatoes

Read More: Grow Your Own Certified Seed PotatoesGrow Your Own Certified Seed Potatoes in Potato Sacks

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January 24, 2012

Wildlife Gardening

Read More: Wildlife GardeningUse your graden to help attract some of the wonderful wildlife of Britain.

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January 19, 2012

How to Plant Roses

Read More: How to Plant RosesRoses are the ideal summer cut flower. Find out here how to plant your Roses now in time for a colourful summer bloom.

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