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Water Features – Water Gardening Ideas

water gardening ideas   This brings us to water features and water garden ponds made from 'found' containers. Here the choice is endless. From baths at one end of the scale to an upturned dustbin lid at the other, almost any container can be adapted for use in water gardening. Some can be left above ground but they can also be sunk into the ground to look like a normal pool. Once again, Read more ...

05. October 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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Flower Bed Ideas – Making Garden Beds

flower bed ideas Slightly-raised flower beds give a more effective display of the plants and, if cut out of grass, provide a decent clean sharp edge. So, assuming there is no need to lift the turf, this can be dug in and chopped up as the job proceeds. Add rotted manure, old potting soil or compost and, as the job proceeds, turn the soil to the centre to create a trench so that after the first Read more ...

28. September 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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Hedging Plants, Hedges, Garden Screens for Garden Boundaries

flowering hedging plants   If you have only a small garden and if you really want your hedge for nothing more than a border between your plot and the next, think in terms of some pretty flowering hedging plant which will help you decorate the house indoors as well as out. Roses are ideal. Strong growers can be used as boundary hedges. If you keep pegging long trails down into the ground, Read more ...

26. September 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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Container Gardening Ideas – Protecting Window Flower Boxes

window flower boxes Shelter Your Window Flower Boxes / Garden Containers from Weather Conditions One of the main problems in caring for outdoor container plants is the effect of the wind, particularly with window flower boxes and garden containers on open balconies, as in a block of flats. Sometimes a shelter can be arranged with glass or transparent plastic panels, or trellis. The latter Read more ...

02. September 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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Garden Design: How do You Enjoy Plants?

Well ordered rows of pelargoniums and salvias or elegant drifts of lavender or exuberant muddles of poppies and peonies? There are no rules, but remember plants can enhance a good design or emphasize a bad one. They look best when grouped together against a strong framework of walls, hedges, paths and steps. Most people who visit a garden centre buy a plant on impulse. It Read more ...

20. March 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Garden Design: Your Needs and Wants

The idea of listing what you need in your garden is still the most straightforward way and the best way of not forgetting anything. Walk around your garden and make notes. You might like to start at your drive. Do you need additional parking? Is the footpath in the position it is needed or has the postman made his own? The siting of the bin, wood and coal store, compost Read more ...

19. March 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Garden Design: Aspect, Soil and Climate

Garden Design: Aspect Check the aspect of your garden: Shady side: Only morning and evening sun in summer, often moist and cool. East: Morning sun, perhaps cold drying winds. Sunny side: Plants need extra watering. West: Evening sun, perhaps rain, wind. Note those areas of your garden which get the most sun and those which are in permanent shade and establish where Read more ...

18. March 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Wildlife in our Hedgerows

Nature's Highways As they travel in search of food, mates and shelter, animals follow their own 'highways' - the hedgerows, walls, fences and rivers that thread the countryside of Britain. Much of the British landscape is made up of a patchwork of fields and field boundaries, occasionally interspersed with natural features such as wood, rivers and lakes. Wherever necessary Read more ...

18. March 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Garden Design

The GARDENS we remember with pleasure are the ones which appear to have been set out quite effortlessly. These gardens have style. Yet if we look more closely at them we will find that a considerable amount of thought has gone into the layout. One reason for the success of a garden is when it seems to have become an extension of the house; the terrace for example has been constructed Read more ...

17. March 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Our Patchwork Landscape

The term 'patchwork landscape' may convey an idea of randomness, a mixed assemblage of woodland edge, scrub, hedgerow and open ground - but its character is quite distinct, its origins and development easily traceable. However diverse, it represents a broad habitat type endowed with a rich wildlife community.   There are two main elements in the creation of this Read more ...

03. November 2016 by Dave Pinkney
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Weeds and Weed Prevention

WEEDS AND PREVENTION Weeds are basically any plants growing in the wrong place. Fast-growing native plants that spread quickly from seed, such as groundsel, or by rampant underground runners, like bindweed, are the commonest sorts. Some cultivated plants, however, can become a problem when they establish themselves too well. For the first few years after you dig up an uncultivated Read more ...

23. February 2016 by Dave Pinkney
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A – Z of Gardening Terms

ACID SOIL has a pH content lower than 7.0. The majority of plants will grow on acid soil, while plants such as rhododendrons and heathers will not grow on anything other than acid soil. AERATING soil or ground, including lawns, means loosening it with tools or a machine to expose it more to the air and to moisture. AERIAL ROOTS are roots you find on plant stems above Read more ...

23. February 2016 by Dave Pinkney
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When to Plant Shrubs, Trees, Evergreen Shrubs and Perrenials

TIMING HARDY PLANTS Although you can plant pot-grown shrubs at any time of the year when the soil is workable, the best planting times are: mid-spring and early autumn for conifers and evergreens, autumn for woody trees, shrubs, fruit and climbers, spring for hardy perennials and rock plants. FROST-TENDER PLANTS Tender plants include slightly tender perennials and Read more ...

27. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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The Right Plants for the Right Place

The art of good gardening lies in knowing what to plant where. It’s quite easy to find out what individual plants need — for example sun or shade, damp or well drained soil — if you buy plants from a garden centre, as you’ll find information on the back of the label. It’s harder to see the growing conditions in different parts of your garden from a plant’s point Read more ...

26. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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