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How To Choose Trees To Give You Spring Colour In The Garden

Spring blossom in the Lyth Valley, Cumbria
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Gardening and nature apps for children

A walk in the countryside is beneficial on many levels but not always possible There is no substitute for experiencing the great outdoors first hand but sometimes the weather can be so bad that...
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Gardening activities for kids; how to make nature fun

Engaging with nature is easy, you don't need a garden or any skills Children love getting mucky, the gruesome and searching for bugs so any activity which involves these elements is sure to be a...
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Rainy day garden and nature activities for children

Don't let the rain stop you getting out and having fun A rain shower need not stop you getting outside for some fresh air, after all jumping into puddles need not be confined to the kids! All you need...
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Winter gardening with kids

Winter doesn't mean you have to vegetate; wrap up or garden indoors Just because its winter doesn’t mean that you and your little ones are confined indoors; all you need are a pair of wellies, warm...
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How to repot houseplants

Happy, healthy houseplants just need the right growing medium Houseplants vary in their requirements for survival so when it comes to potting compost there is no method which fits all; some need a...
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Easy plants for kids to grow

Growing plants helps kids concentrate, gets them outside and gives them their '5-a-day' Children are naturally curious and anything that combines this with getting mucky is a winner so why not...
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January/February

February is upon us & the snowdrops are in flower offering the promise of spring to come. If you want to introduce a bit more colour to brighten your day there are lots of plants in the garden centre...
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World Of Pets And Aquatics

Our World of Pets & Aquatics is well worth a visit & makes a great trip out for the whole family! We have a great selection of freshwater & tropical fish plus a wide range of accessories to care for...
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How To Grow Currants; Black, Red And White

Blackcurrants are easy to grow, versatile and full of vitamin C Blackcurrants ( Ribes nigrum ) are native in northern Asia and central and northern Europe whereas redcurrants ( Ribes rubrum ) are...
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How To Choose Plants And Bulbs To Give You Spring Colour In The Rockery

Welcome spring with these alpine gems in the rock garden or container What could be more uplifting after a long weary winter then the sight of little brightly coloured jewels popping through the soil...
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How To Choose Spring Bedding Plants For Containers And Hanging Baskets

Plant your spring containers and hanging baskets with our easy guide Now that spring finally appears to be around the corner, lambs are in the fields, daffodils are out and the days are longer, why...
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How To Grow Gooseberries

Gooseberries are delicious, easy to grow and full of vitamin C Gooseberries ( Ribes uva-crispa ) are one of the easiest fruits to grow requiring very little maintenance, the major problem is...
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How Do I Use Spring Bulbs To Add Some Colour Beneath My Deciduous Trees And Shrubs

Spring bulbs inject a shot of colour under deciduous trees and shrubs Why not perk up a cheerless area under deciduous trees in the spring with some colourful bulbs. Once the trees come into leaf and...
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How To Grow Summer Bulbs

Fill that gap in the border with a pot of colourful summer bulbs Planting Plant as soon as the soil warms up; if you plant when the soil is too cold you run the risk of the bulbs rotting, and they won...
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How To Bring The Delights Of Spring Into Your Garden

Banish the winter blues with a blast of spring colour If you love spring walks in the countryside or in your local parks & gardens then why not recreate that feel in your own garden? Bring the...
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What Do I Do When My Spring Bulbs Have Finished Flowering?

Have a superb show of bulbs in Spring by caring for last years bulbs Spring bulbs can finish flowering anytime between March and May. Do not cut the foliage off, it needs this to build up a store of...
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How To Grow Remarkable Rhubarb

Make space in your garden for a crown of healthy, versatile rhubarb Rhubarb ( Rheum rhabarbarum ) has been used in Chinese traditional medicine for thousands of years, but only became popular as a...
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How to grow aubretia

What better to herald the arrival of spring than a cascade of purple You know spring has arrived when you see walls covered in a purple waterfall of Aubretia. This alpine member of the Brassica family...
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Heavenly Hellebores

Winter beauties What everyone needs to pep-them up a this time of year is a spot of plant magic and what better plant group to do this than the hellebores?
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When Should I Plant My Potatoes?

First of the seasons new potatoes are easily grown with our planting guide Nothing you buy in the supermarket can compare to the taste of your own home grown potatoes; especially the first new...
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Spring Stunners

Magnolias Try to find room in your garden for some of the more blowsy bloomers of the spring.
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How To Grow Wonderful Wallflowers

Wallflowers create a vibrant, highly scented spring display Biennial wallflowers ( Erysimum cheiri ) are wonderful for a spring display; easy to grow and smell delicious. Although classed as biennials...
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Grow Viburnum For Winter Scent And Colour

Viburnums are an essential plant for the winter garden Viburnums are an essential shrub for the winter garden, giving much needed scent and flower when there is little else. They are evergreen or...
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How To Grow Flowering Cherries

Flowering cherries provide a mass of colour in winter and early spring Flowering cherries belong to the genus Prunus of which there are approximately 430 species plus countless hybrids. There are well...
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How To Plant Bare Root Soft Fruit, Trees And Hedging

Plant bare root soft fruit, hedging and trees in winter and early spring Bare root trees, soft fruit and hedging are supplied without soil; they usually come wrapped in sacking. These plants are...
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Very Irresistible Violets

Violets herald the warm days of spring and the promise of summer to come The sight of a bank of dainty little violets in spring is surely a sign that gladdens the heart and announces that spring has...
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How To Sow Brassica (Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Kale, Broccoli) Seed

Sow Brassicas for a year round supply of nutritious greens Brassicas are a large family of leafy vegetables, all requiring similar seed sowing techniques. They can be sown at various times of the year...
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How To Grow Luscious Lilies

Lilies are one of my favourite flowers. Their scent will fill an entire room & their flowers make a striking statement whether in a vase, in a pot on the patio or in the garden. They come in a range...
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