Gardening Tips

Jan 20
BY Angela Slater
Chelsea Flower Show garden 2016
Problem of what to plant in an area with no light, water or nutrients? Dry, shady areas are really quite problematic as they suffer from lack of light, water and nutrients, all the things that plants need to survive; but there are solutions to most of these areas. Some plants, such as camellias need the shade to prevent the sun from burning those delicate petals, particularly if they have been... READ MORE
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Jan 18
BY Angela Slater
Flower heads in green glass vases
Fill the house with colour and scent from late winter to autumn Who doesn’t love vases of colourful cut flowers in the house, even better if they are scented. Even the smallest garden can accommodate some gorgeous sweet peas growing up a wall or trellis or some annuals in a window-box or container by the door. If you have the basic garden framework of shrubs and herbaceous perennials then any... READ MORE
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Jan 17
BY Angela Slater
Multi-coloured potatoes
Choose the right potato variety with our easy to follow guide There are absolutely masses of potato varieties and not all of them are suitable for all the different types of cooking so it pays to do a bit of research first before you get planting; it’s no good buying small salad potatoes if you mainly eat them baked. First Earlies, or New Potatoes don’t generally give as big a crop as maincrop... READ MORE
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Jan 17
BY Angela Slater
potatoes to be planted
Increase your crop of Early potatoes by 'chitting' ‘Chitting’ means letting the potatoes put out shoots before you plant them in the ground. It is usually only done to First and Second Earlies and reduces the time spent in the ground so you achieve a crop earlier than you would if you just allowed them to shoot in the ground, weather permitting. There is some dissention as to whether chitting... READ MORE
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Jan 16
BY Angela Slater
Hellebore Double Ellen Pink
NEW Hellebore varieties for 2017 Hellebore Double Ellen Pink (pictured above) READ MORE
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Jan 12
BY Angela Slater
Greenhouse and plants in garden
Get the gardening year off to a great start by cleaning the greenhouse Now that the Christmas and New Year festivities are over the perfect way to burn off those excess calories is to get outside and clean the green house ready for the new season’s crops. Once you have done this you are ready for the first sowing of sweet peas, cleome, broad beans, tomatoes and salad leaves. The tomatoes will... READ MORE
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Nov 23
BY Julie Parker
Frosted Rose Hips
With a forecast for high pressure leading us into December there will be lots of opportunities to get out into the garden to do those last minute jobs. A bit of tidying will give you some room for planting those last minute tulip bulbs & will ensure they are not swamped as they start to appear. It is also a good time for pruning, & any bendy stems from dogwoods or hazel can be... READ MORE
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Nov 10
BY Angela Slater
Bronze leaved dahlias at Levens Hall, Cumbria
Dig up and dry out dahlias at the end of autumn Bronze leaved dahlias at Levens Hall, Cumbria (pictured above) READ MORE
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Nov 08
BY Angela Slater
Garden pond in winter
Tidy the pond for winter and start spring with a healthy pond and fish Don’t neglect your garden pond or water feature in autumn when you are preparing the garden for the winter shut-down. Not looking after the pond correctly could cost you dearly come the spring. Pumps just left or self-contained water features not drained and protected can crack when the water freezes, once this happens there... READ MORE
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Nov 04
BY Angela Slater
Trees and river showing autumn leaf colour
Free soil conditioner from fallen autumn leaves After we have enjoyed the flaming autumn spectacle put on by gorgeous deciduous trees the leaves start to fall and become a nuisance. They clog drains and gutters, make paths and patios hazardous, they can smother tiny alpine plants in rockeries and even kill lawn grass if drifts of them are left long enough. They can choke ponds and when they break... READ MORE
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