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How to Design a Garden Pond

Like so many garden projects designing a pond requires careful planning. There are so many options to consider depending on use, size, shape, material and situation. A careful compromise of these factors will produce a pond suitable for your needs … Continue reading

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How to Grow Microgreens Indoors

Towards the end of summer and into autumn activity in the vegetable garden slows down as crops are fully grown and their fruit begins to ripen. Winter brassicas are bedded in till spring and the work demands ease off. Apart … Continue reading

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Ten Ways to Improve your Soil

Soil is the foundation of any vegetable garden, if it is treated well it will reward you. Year by year soil needs to conditioned and improved to accommodate the demands of cultivation and the weather. Here are some supplements that … Continue reading

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What Type of Soil do I have?

Garden soil comes in many forms depending on consistency and nutrient content. By identifying and understanding the type of soil you have you can create a workable medium suitable for cultivation. Clay soils are heavy with high moisture content and … Continue reading

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Top Ten Garden Pests

The unwelcome garden visitors that come back every year. Here’s a rundown of who they are and how to send them away. Slugs. These garden molluscs, along with their close relative the snail, are one of the most elusive pests … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Gardening Ideas for Beginners

With so many available options causing confusion for novice gardeners here are some simple suggestions for anyone planning to grow vegetables. Herb Garden Preferably planted close to the kitchen, a herb garden will produce a fragrant display with something tasty … Continue reading

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Ten Essential Tips for Gardening Beginners

1 Planning. Decide what you want to do with your vegetable garden and spend time working out the best way to achieve it. There are so many choices –fruit or vegetables, greenhouse or polytunnel, work out what suits you and … Continue reading

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Top Ten Trouble-Free Vegetable Crops for Beginners

Our list of easy to grow vegetables all have a good chance of first time success and will give you the skills you need to expand your gardening prowess. Radish. These crispy salad vegetables are quick and easy to grow. … Continue reading

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Strawberries, The Versatile Fruit

Fruit trees and bushes are planted in the garden with the intention of remaining for the long term, providing produce for many years. In return for this supply of fresh fruit they require regular feeding, training, pruning and, in some … Continue reading

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When To Start Growing Potatoes

Potatoes have a long growing season and with a little crop management their continued production can be easily maintained. It is good practice to understand when to start growing potatoes. Potatoes can be divided into 3 categories, early, second early … Continue reading

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