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How to grow fruit in small yards

How to grow fruit in small yards

A small yard should not prevent you from growing your own fruit. Admittedly, if space is limited, you’re hardly going to be planting an orchard of full-sized fruit trees. And a large walk-in fruit cage is also likely to be off the agenda. But with a little ingenuity and careful thought about how to make […]

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How to grow hollyhock seeds

How to grow hollyhock seeds

Hollyhocks flower from mid-to late summer, and generally they come in a wide range of colours (whites, pinks, mauves and bi-colours). Although hollyhocks are hardy perennials, and closely related to the mallow (lavatera and malva) family, they are usually considered to be biennial in nature. They grow leaves the first year and flower, seed and […]

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How to shape your grass

How to shape your grass

  After the kind of winter we’ve had, our lawns are in dire need of attention. What a winter! Ten times the normal amount of rain and, in some area, hardly any frosts. On the few dry days we had, the weather was so mild that the lawn kept on growing.

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Seven garden money savers tips

Seven garden money savers tips

1. DON’T BUY ON IMPULSE Keep an eye out for bargains. AFter a winter of rain, we predict that garden centres nurseries, DIY stores, mail order companies and the llike will be looking to kick start the season and entice us into our gardens with some cracking offers. For the moment, don’t buy on impulse!

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How to grow sweet pea seeds

How to grow sweet pea seeds

Those of us who grow sweet peas tend to fall into one of two camps. Some of us are deadly serious about our plants – sowing in the autumn, and overwintering them as young plants, in a affort to encourage them to flower a month or so earlier than the spring-sown types.

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Improving light soil

Improving light soil

Light, hungry garden soils can be a problem , but you can change them! MOST OF the time when the question is raised about whether you can alter a soil, it’s either about lightening heavy, waterlogged clay, or making a lime-heavy soil more suitable for acid-lovers. Seldom is it thought worth making a light soil […]

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How to grow Heritage Daffs

How to grow Heritage Daffs

Old fashioned daffodil varieties are just as easy to grow as modern trumpet types. 1) Plant daffodil bulbs at least four inches deep. They flower best in an open aspect with plenty of light from above, Ensure the soil is well-drained. 2) Feed in autumn at planting time with a high-potash fertiliser or in early […]

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[Q&A] Ask the garden experts

[Q&A] Ask the garden experts

Question : ” I have some old terracotta pots that are a little drab. I would like to decorate them to give them a new lease of life, but which type of paint should I use?” Answer: First, you must seal the inside of the pot with waterproofing paint. Terracotta by its very nature absorbs […]

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