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New year’s resolutions for gardeners

New year’s resolutions for gardeners

Resolutions are a great way to set intentions for things we would like to achieve. You might find yourself making your new year's resolutions in January, looking forward to the year ahead, but you can set aims and goals for yourself at any time of the year. In my...

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Three festive plant gift ideas

Three festive plant gift ideas

Gifting plants is a long-established way of showing someone that you care. A plant present offers a keepsake that will (hopefully) grow and thrive over time so that your loved one can think of you every time they see it brightening up their home. Another benefit of...

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Preparing your greenhouse for winter

Preparing your greenhouse for winter

In amongst all the bounty of summer, our greenhouse can sometimes end up a bit neglected as we focus on all the growth taking place there. During the autumn, preferably whilst it's still reasonably mild, I like to get ahead of myself for next year and give my...

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Three ways to preserve summer and autumn fruits

Three ways to preserve summer and autumn fruits

Autumn is the time of year where we prepare to hunker down for winter, and you may be looking for ways to give yourself a reminder of the summer and autumn months. By preserving fruit from your garden trees and bushes, you can enjoy their unbeatable taste during the...

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Autumn fruit tree care

Autumn fruit tree care

If you're lucky enough to have beautiful fruit-bearing trees in your garden, chances are you've already picked, prepared and polished off most of the lovely apples, plums and pears. Now the bounty of summer is over, your trees will start to stockpile their reserves in...

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Evergreens for container planting

Evergreens for container planting

I love the time of year where the bold, bright colours of summer start to dilute into shades a bit more muted. There's something really cosy and almost wistful about autumn, isn't there? One thing I'm not so keen on is the prospect of a grey and gloomy garden through...

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Preserving fruit and vegetables

Preserving fruit and vegetables

If you're lucky enough to grow your own crops in your garden, you'll doubtless be enjoying using your fruit and vegetables on your table. You may even be blessed with a bigger bounty of crops than you know what to do with! It's a shame to let your hard-earned...

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Propagating houseplants from cuttings

Propagating houseplants from cuttings

If you're a huge houseplant fan like me, you may have been thrilled to see your beloved plants burst into life and growth over the summer months. You may also be familiar with the cost of buying endless plants for your home! Something you might not have considered,...

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How to cut and dry flowers

How to cut and dry flowers

Taking cuttings of your garden flowers to dry and display is a great way to remember the colour and beauty of summer all year round. You may even have recently had a special occasion, and wish to preserve the floral memories from that day. All too often, the blooms...

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Creating an alternative lawn

Creating an alternative lawn

We love our lawns here in the UK, and have done ever since they were first introduced back in the 1600s when only the most wealthy elite could afford to maintain them. A well-lept lawn brings a gorgeous splash of greenery to the garden, and provides a lovely soft...

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