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How to Deal with a Heatwave


They may be quite rare in recent years but when the UK is hit by a heatwave, it comes in force. Here are just a few tips on how to deal with plants in hot weather. Here are just 4 effective ways of dealing with a heatwave. SHADING In the …

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Winter Kitchen Garden

At the height of summer the thought of winter seems a very long way in the future, but if you’d like to continue harvesting crops throughout the cold period then June, July and August are the perfect time to start planning ahead. Many seeds are sown in July and will …

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No-Dig Gardening

No-dig gardening is a technique pioneered in the UK by Charles Dowding since 1983. In recent years Charles has been working out of his allotment garden in Somerset called Homeacres. The principle is based on adding a barrier of cardboard directly on the grass and covering with a few inches …

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GENERAL WHAT IS AN ALLOTMENT? —————————- oOo —————————- RUSTY THE ALLOTMENT CAT WHERE DOES RUSTY LIVE? Rusty lives in one of the houses surrounding the allotments. HOW OLD IS RUSTY? I don’t know. He arrived on the allotments as a kitten around 2012. DO YOU HAVE A PICTURE OF RUSTY …

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Is Aaron Hickman the new Joe Maiden?

When Joe Maiden died in September 2015 BBC Radio Leeds lost their best-loved gardening presenter. Joe appeared every Sunday morning for three hours with presenter Tim Crowther and the audience loved him. You could hear the twinkle in his voice as he recounted endless gardening tales and his wealth of …

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Behind-the-Scenes at Chelsea

The Chelsea Flower Show is famous throughout the world as the premiere horticultural show. Set amongst the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, the show originally took place in Kensington in 1862 and was known as the RHS Great Spring Show. The move to its current location occurred …

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