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Shade Loving Plants for the Garden

SHADE LOVERS SHEETS OF WOOD ANEMONE in the wild are one of the delights of springtime. Primula ‘Hose-in-Hose’ – Unusual for flowering above a tiny ruff of leaves. 10 x 10cm/1 x 1in Vinca minor “Burgundy’ – A coloured form … Continue reading

13. April 2017 by admin
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Gardening Tips: How to cope with frost

Frost is one of the hazards which gardeners in cooler climates have to learn to live with. In Britain, only a relatively short period of the year (between early and late summer) can normally be relied upon to be frost-free, … Continue reading

03. September 2013 by admin
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Peach Trees: Feeding, Watering and Pollination

Because peach trees need to make a lot of vegetative growth to crop well, they need plenty of nitrogen. Generous feeding is necessary; over-generous feeding, however, will lead to lush, sappy growth and reduced crop yields. For a tree growing … Continue reading

31. July 2013 by admin
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Step-by-step guide to growing Parsnips

Pastitiaca saliva (fam. Umbelliferae) Hardy biennial grown as an annual Sowing to harvesting time: 6-11 months Size: roots up to 45 cm (1-½) long Yield: about 14 parsnips, each weighing on average 360-450g (¾-1lb), per 3m (10’) row Before the … Continue reading

11. July 2013 by admin
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Gardening Tips: Fruit cages and supports

Although birds are generally the gardener’s allies, eating vast quantities of harmful insects, slugs and other pests, at other times they can do untold damage to ripening crops, leaving you with little or none to enjoy, while in the winter … Continue reading

11. July 2013 by admin
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Watercress: Water-loving salad vegetable

A delicious and popular salad vegetable, watercress is an interesting crop for the ambitious gardener who wants to try his hand at something really different. Watercress /Nasturtium officinale) is a hardy annual which is grown for its leaves, usually eaten … Continue reading

10. July 2013 by admin
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Difficult Garden Sites

Shaded sites Try to avoid shaded sites for vegetables and fruit. But if this is out of the question—one can generally do nothing about the shade cast by large trees and tall buildings—then it will be a case of growing … Continue reading

10. July 2013 by admin
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Old neglected gardens

When taking over an old neglected garden one may be faced with such problems as a jungle of perennial weeds, a poor worn-out soil and overgrown fruit trees. As with a new garden, you will have to be patient and … Continue reading

10. July 2013 by admin
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New gardens

Very often builders are not over-fussy as to how they leave the garden when their work is finished. How many people have moved into a new home to find their garden soil hard and compacted and strewn with bricks and … Continue reading

10. July 2013 by admin
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Gardening Tips: Coping with difficult sites

Not everyone has an ideal garden for growing food crops—that is, a site with a well-drained, medium loam soil, warm, sunny conditions, sheltered from wind and protected from frosts. Most gardens, in fact, fall far short of this idealized growing … Continue reading

10. July 2013 by admin
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