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Planning a Vegetable Plot

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Whether it’s the first, second or third attempt you can revisit your garden draft whenever needed, unfortunately your garden rarely offers a second chance, so start planning now to avoid unproductive disappointment later.

Drafting a garden plan may sound daunting, but there really aren’t a lot of rules and just like choosing where your pretty plants will go, designing this draft can easily be an enjoyable and creative experience.

If your garden is planned well enough, changing your summer garden to a winter plot will be an easier transition with minimal space wasted – potentially offering you far more produce than in previous years.

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Growing Carrots by Adam Woolcott

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Growing carrots

Carrots are easy and fun to grow and are a great way of introducing children to vegetable growing, I can still remember the joy of plucking my first carrot from the soil.

Carrots prefer deep, rich, light soils free of stones and clay but don’t despair if your soil isn’t suitable they’ll grow quite happily in pots, wooden trugs or any deep container and simply require a good quality compost such as ‘Tref’ for example.

Carrots can be sown from March through to early July in what’s known as ‘Succession’ this means sow a new crop every two to three weeks in order to keep a constant and steady supply rather than a huge glut of carrots at the same time.

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How to Grow Lavender

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Lavender

One of the most reliable and easy to grow perennials has to be lavender. Not only does it look lovely with its green/grey foliage and spikes of purple flowers but it smells wonderful too.

Lavender is one of those plants that doesn’t need all that much attention. When planting in heavy soil incorporate some sand or grit into the planting hole, and other than a bit of pruning to keep its shape after the flowers have died back you can pretty much leave them be. They don’t even need regular deadheading! They are even relatively draught tolerant so you can go on holiday and not worry about asking the neighbours to keep an eye on them.

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Fruit Trees By Adam Woolcott

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Growing your own fruit is easy, simple and rewarding and it allows you to harvest your produce when perfectly ripe.

Most fruit trees enjoy a sunny position, with a fertile and well- drained soil although they can also be grown in pots.

Modern fruit tree varieties are grafted onto a root system that prevents them from growing too large and if space is limited look for a specimen with a ‘dwarf rootstock’.
These types of trees are easy to maintain, can be grown in pots or limited space and have fruit that’s easily protected and harvested.

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Love your garden? – Love Wildlife!

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Love your wildlife day!

You wake up every morning to the beautiful sound of bird song, spread some sweet honey on your toast and smell a bunch of freshly cut roses.

You’re thankful for this new day…  But I think you’re forgetting a few little people, the people behind the scenes making all this possible – and no I don’t mean the florist and the supermarket – I mean the hardworking wildlife: the busy bees, the singing birds, the pollinating butterflies, even the adorable hedgehog that helps to keep your garden slug free.  Your garden wildlife does all the nitty-gritty jobs and asks for nothing back.

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How to Mulch

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It’s folly to think that the growing season starts in late March, it starts now – in fact we’re a little late.

For those of you good enough to save all your veg peelings, teabags and eggshells over the cold seasons, you should start benefiting from some homemade local compost soon. 

The perfect treat for seedlings and mature plants alike, this recycled plant residue will fuel your green biennials offering a large quantity of NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) nutrient goodness.

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Top 10 Garden Ideas

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Top ten garden ideas

With the New Year in full swing and resolutions being met – or forgotten – now’s the time to brainstorm your garden; to come up with ideas to make your garden a more relaxing, liveable space; a space that brings people together. Make 2015 the year you love you your garden and you’ll find it loves you right back.

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Snowdrops in the Green

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For me, snowdrops are a sign that spring is finally on its way. Seeing large clusters of them on a cold, crisp morning really helps to banish the winter blues.

Along with crocuses, irises and daffodils, snowdrops are one of the first flowers to show in the new year- that’s why they are so loved!

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