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  1. How to stop your rattan furniture blowing away

    Keeping your rattan garden furniture safe in poor weather conditions Here in the UK, We’re used to poor weather. Storms and windy days are commonplace throughout the year, which is why it’s so important to keep your rattan garden furniture secure. If you’re looking for ways to stop your rattan furniture blowing away in poor […]

  2. Cutting lawn grass: summer garden care

    Cutting lawn grass: summer garden care

    At this time of year cutting lawn grass seems to be THE urgent job. Grass grows fast in rainy days and warm sun (so do weeds, but that is another story, and another blog). My garden lawn seems to chase me. One day it looks pretty good, the next it is OK, the next it […]

  3. Strawberries! And be a sparkling cordial host

    Strawberries! And be a sparkling cordial host

    Why are strawberries called strawberries? Strawberries planted back in April are starting to swell now. Soon they’ll be ready to eat. But before they get to that mouth-watering bright-red-all-over-stage and the weather is warm and they are at their most delicious, the plants need a little more care and attention. Especially if they’re in the […]

  4. Royal gardens: celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday with days out

    Royal gardens: celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday with days out

    Celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with days out in royal gardens What better way to celebrate than to visit royal gardens? Where to start? Or end? So many gardens to choose from. Here are a few that provide enjoyment, relaxation and inspiration. But first – does the Queen ‘garden’? TV and radio coverage, books and […]

  5. Best BBQ fuel

    Best BBQ fuel

    As unreliable as our British weather maybe, most of us like to cook outdoors on the BBQ at every available opportunity. This may be the time that you are planning to buy a new barbecue, or just considering increasing the range of things that you cook. Whilst you can get away with lighting a bag […]

  6. Making, using, loving garden compost

    Making, using, loving garden compost

     What is garden compost? In this post we’re talking about the compost made in a heap or bin out of garden and kitchen waste. We’re not talking about the commercially produced potting or seed compost for your seeds, seedlings and houseplants which comes in sacks from nurseries and garden centres. Phew! Glad we got that […]

  7. Take cuttings and be part of the spring/summer surge

    Take cuttings and be part of the spring/summer surge

    Benefit from the impetus of the ‘May flush’ The ‘May flush’ is that wonderful swelling of energy when everywhere begins to burst enthusiastically with fresh new growth. Over these past few weeks I’ve been travelling regularly across North Wales and North West England, a complete and utter delight as the hedgerows, verges and front gardens […]

  8. Fill gaps in your garden

    Fill gaps in your garden

    The risk of frost is over (in south west England) so annual bedding plants are out along my garden path and in the border I can see from the kitchen. Young Cosmos and Verbena bonarensis will grow fast. But there are gaps. Some will soon be filled with growth from last year’s new or divided […]

  9. Plant for fruit from your garden

    Plant for fruit from your garden

    Plant for fruit from your garden – rhubarb! Not a fruit, but we eat it as a fruit, rhubarb is celebrated in Wakefield, the centre of England’s ‘Rhubarb Triangle’, in a February Rhubarb Festival. Plant now for fruit from your garden and grow tender stems for crumbles and pies. Rhubarb is easy to grow and […]

  10. Why water garden plants and pots?

    Why water garden plants and pots?

    Why water garden plants and pots? Plants are 90% water. They may need your help to get what they need, that is why we water garden plants and pots and why you need to know what’s what in watering. Plants need water to carry food from roots to shoots, to ‘breathe’ out from their leaves, […]

  11. Create a garden indoors with houseplants

    Create a garden indoors with houseplants

    Create a garden indoors Houseplants offer colours, shapes and sizes to suit every room and mood. With a little care many live for years. Most appreciate some TLC as summer, and new growth, begins. Houseplants rely on the soil in their pot for food – and over time it is used up so you need […]

  12. Do You Care About your Garden Security?

    Do You Care About your Garden Security?

    IPads, smart TVs and hi-tech kitchenware are just some of the items that could catch the eye of thieves and criminals, so we take extra care to ensure that our home is locked up tight overnight to protect ourselves and our valuable from harm. It’s a different matter once you go beyond the front door […]

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