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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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Caring for your fruit trees

Caring for your fruit trees

Growing your own fruit in your garden is a really rewarding way to enjoy home-grown crops! If you've got young or established fruit trees growing in your plot and are keen to make the most of the crop this year, here are some summer fruit tree maintenance tips. Plenty...

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Minibeast bug hunt in your garden

Minibeast bug hunt in your garden

The world around us is teeming with life, and we just have to stop sometimes and pay attention to explore it. In recent times, lots of us will have become very adept at finding ways to amuse ourselves - particularly with kids at home. A failsafe, fun family activity...

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Potting up and potting on

Potting up and potting on

For me, potting up is one of the most exciting springtime garden jobs. This is when you introduce seedlings or rooted cuttings to their first pot - their first home! If you've been sowing seeds or propagating cuttings in your greenhouse, around April time they will be...

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Growing your own bonsai tree

Growing your own bonsai tree

The Japanese word bon-sai literally translates to 'planted in a container', and this peaceful and attractive art form is the practice of training tree seedlings into attractive miniature shapes. Bonsai has been around for over a thousand years, originating in China...

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Unusual flower choices this Valentine’s Day

Unusual flower choices this Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day comes around each year, with the promise of blossoming love, candlelit dinners and romantic gestures that bring a bit of brightness to this grey season. The roots of St Valentine's Day aren't as warm and cosy though - it's named after the 3rd-century...

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3 festive wreath decorating projects

A sure sign that Christmas is around the corner are all the beautiful festive wreaths we see decking front doors and windows. I love them! Whether you're a Christmas traditionalist or a minimal fashionista, there are festive wreath decorations you can easily make by...

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Creating a windowsill salad and herb garden

Creating a windowsill salad and herb garden

A misconception I often hear from my friends who want to get into growing veg is that they 'don't have enough space'. The good news is, you don't need loads of space to grow your own fresh salad and herbs. An indoor windowsill herb garden is a great way to utilise...

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Autumn pond care in your garden

Autumn pond care in your garden

Ponds are a great addition to any plot, adding interest and dimension whilst welcoming a huge range of garden wildlife. It's a real delight to spot frogs, tadpoles, fish and even bird life enjoying themselves in and around the pond all year round! Any proud...

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Laying a lawn from turf

Laying a lawn from turf

A lawn can make or break a lovely garden. If it's lush, green and well-kept it's an absolute pleasure to sit out on, potter along or just view through a window. However if it's left to brown at the mercy of the elements and trampled to bare, muddy patches, it can be a...

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