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Planning a Mixed Border for Interest All Year Round

Mixed borders contain a bit of everything – trees, shrubs, roses, evergreens, flowers and bulbs – so that they remain colourful all year round. You need quite a large area to fit in so many different plants, but in a … Continue reading

20. February 2015 by admin
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Orchid Composts and Containers

Compost for growing orchids was formerly made from the root fibres of osmunda ferns, with sphagnum moss and leaf-mould. However, the formulations today are quite different, often organic and chemical-free; some contain pine bark chippings or plastic shavings. If you … Continue reading

07. September 2013 by admin
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How to Prepare a Seed Box for Sowing Seeds

Plant propagation achieved by sowing seeds is, for the amateur gardener, by far the most popular form of increasing plant stock. Generally in the United Kingdom, seed sowing is carried out between the months of February and May, and the … Continue reading

07. September 2013 by admin
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Gardener’s Glossary of Gardening Terms

Axil: The angle between the leafstalk and the stem. Axillary: Arising in the axil. Ball: The mass of soil and roots of a pot-grown plant. Bleeding: The excretion of sap, usually as a result of late pruning. Blind: A condition … Continue reading

07. September 2013 by admin
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Calendar of Garden Work for December

DECEMBER is the month for stocktaking and replanning. New beds and paths can be made and carpentry and constructional work can be done. If the weather and conditions are suitable, digging and trenching can continue. DECORATIVE GARDEN Protect any tender … Continue reading

07. September 2013 by admin
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Calendar of Garden Work for November

This is the month for bonfires and for collecting leaf mould. Beech, oak and lime leaves make the most valuable leaf mould and it is worth a trip to the woods to collect a few sackfuls. DECORATIVE GARDEN Plant roses of … Continue reading

07. September 2013 by admin
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Calendar of Garden Work for October

THIS is the month for autumn colour, when the last of the flowers are picked from the border and only a few chrysanthemums and dahlias remain where the frost does not strike. Start to tidy up all unwanted growth and … Continue reading

06. September 2013 by admin
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Calendar of Garden Work for September

SEPTEMBER is the month for garnering (gathering and storing) and preparing for the winter. It is also the time for looking ahead to spring requirements. DECORATIVE GARDEN Sever rooted layers of border carnations pegged down in July and plant them … Continue reading

06. September 2013 by admin
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Calendar of Garden Work for August

  THIS is the month for horticultural shows or the preparation for them. Guard against birds and wasps, which are the chief enemies in August. DECORATIVE GARDEN Make a note now of any improvements that could be made to the … Continue reading

06. September 2013 by admin
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Calendar of Garden Work for July

A rewarding month for those who made an early start in spring. Continue to pick soft fruit and preserve it and make regular harvests of vegetables so as to use them in a young condition. DECORATIVE GARDEN Take soft-wood cuttings … Continue reading

06. September 2013 by admin
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