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Growing Roses – Planting Bare-Rooted Roses

bare-rooted roses

Next year I’m looking forward to scented roses filling the air during Summer. The varieties I’ve chosen are Dame Judi Dench and Munstead Wood. Dame Judi Dench, named after the popular actress of stage and screen, is described as “A beautiful rose; the blooms …

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How to use Bonfire Ash

Bonfire event in November

Once the excitement of the annual bonfire is over what do you do with the ash. Allow it to cool down until its cold then scoop into a metal bucket making sure you remove any pieces of metal (nuts/bolts) which may be hiding. Scatter …

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Using leaves to make free compost

At this time of year there is an abundance of leaves falling from trees that make for excellent leaf mould compost. You can create your own for use on the garden as either a mulch or for bulking up raised beds. Every year you …

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Planting Spring Bulbs

daffodil

As the evening light fades earlier and earlier, nothing warms the heart more than thinking of spring and the first splash of colour. Now is the time to be planting spring bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, grape hyacinths and crocus. Even if you’ve …

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7 Ways to Jump the Allotment Waiting List

It can be frustrating to be on a waiting list for an allotment, waiting year after year to fulfill your dreams of growing your own food. In some parts of London you can wait 25 years! The UK average is around 4 years. Here …

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My sunflower is facing the wrong way!

Sunflowers

On my Facebook group, facebook.com/groups/amateurgardener, James asked: My sunflower is about 6ft tall. The only problem is it’s facing away from the viewing point and out over the neighbours gardens. How can I turn it??? Michele from New Jersey responded with the correct reply: Sunflowers follow the …

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Final sowing of Vegetables this summer

With most gardeners busy collecting harvests you would be forgiven in thinking that the growing season was over. There are still a few vegetables which you can sow in September and here I’ve compiled a list of plants which can be sown. Remember, sowing …

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What are the White Spots on Potatoes?

When gathering your potato harvest you may notice little white spots covering the spuds. The common misconception is that blight has effected the crop and I’ve heard of some gardeners throwing these spuds away, but what a waste of a crop. The little white …

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On the Ledge #1: All About Terrariums

In the last decade, miniature worlds under glass have gone from zero to hero: time was when a terrarium was a dusty bottle on your nan’s nicknack table – now you see them everywhere, from coffee shops to office reception desks. In this very …

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When should I stop harvesting rhubarb?

Rhubarb

On my Facebook group, facebook.com/groups/amateurgardener, Catherine asked: “I was wondering (and hankering for some rhubarb crumble) when should I stop harvesting. The plants still have loads of stalks but I have heard that after a certain point the stalks become poisonous and can’t be …

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