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Planting Spring Bulbs

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Are you ready for spring?

With summer not quite over and autumn barely beckoning, it might seem like an odd time to be thinking about spring. However, it’s actually the perfect time to be doing so!

Spring-flowering bulbs should ideally be planted in early autumn and, as the long summer days wane, what could be more cheering than the prospect of seeing those beautiful golden daffodils dancing in the soft spring sunlight of 2016? There isn’t a much more uplifting sight than those determined shoots poking out of the ground, symbolising the end of an inevitably long winter!

Therefore, there’s no time like the present to make the most of the final light evenings and start preparing to get those bulbs in the ground. We’ve prepared a little guide to our favourite bulbs and best tips for planting to get you on your way! Continue reading

Growing and Harvesting fruit by Adam Woolcott

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There really is nothing like picking your very own fresh fruit from your own back garden and now is the perfect time to reap what you sow!

This month is the ideal time to begin harvesting plums and once they’ve turned an even colour, feel soft and smell sweet, they’re ready to pick. Plums can be eaten fresh from the tree warmed by the sun or used to make jams, preserves, pies or flans or even dried or made into plum sauce!

As we move into September, apples and pears will be ripening and ready to harvest. Apples and pears can be cupped in the hand and gently lifted then once they easily part from the tree they’re ready to harvest. Alternatively just pick and try one! Pears can be picked before they’re fully ripe and ripened in a bowl indoors and apples can even be stored through the whole winter in cool, dark, airy conditions spaced out on wooden slats.

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Growing Avocados & Pomegranates by Adam Woolcott

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We’re very lucky in the UK that our climate allows us to grow such diverse, fascinating plants and fruit.

You wouldn’t think it but we can actually easily grow two great super foods that are quite happy in the British environment – despite their more exotic origins.

Avocados and Pomegranates are two prime examples of this and providing you take the right steps pot grown varieties can thrive on your patio.

Avocados prefer slightly acidic soil so make sure you grow in ericaceous compost, the type that’s used for rhododendrons, azaleas and heathers for example. Continue reading

Patio Growing : Apricot Aprigold & Cherry Bing by Adam Woolcott

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Growing delicious, sweet and fresh fruit in your garden has always been possible but now you can even enjoy this experience on a patio, balcony or even a concrete covered back yard!

Modern methods of grafting fruit varieties onto dwarf rootstocks means that trees that would normally become huge can now be kept small, compact and easy to manage but still produce full size, delicious fruit. Continue reading

Growing Citrus Fruit by Adam Woolcott

 

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Growing citrus fruit is much easier than you might think and although growing a full size lemon or orange tree in the UK isn’t possible growing smaller plants that produce edible fruit definitely is!

One of the most important factors when growing citrus fruit is to use ericaceous compost this is lime free and acidic which is essential for healthy growth. When feeding your citrus plants it’s also important to use a specific citrus plant feed, these are normally liquid feeds. Continue reading

June Newsletter by Adam Woolcott

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All of a sudden we’re at the beginning of June slap bang between the end of spring and the start of summer. Now is the time to reflect on the last few months in the garden and plan the summer months.

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National BBQ Week – Recipes from around the world

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The dream of a sizzling hot grill cooking our favourite meats is no longer a central heating fuelled obsession – summer is finally here.

In celebration of National BBQ Week, LTGL have some found some of the tastiest (and unusual) BBQ recipes from around the world for you to try in your own back yard.

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