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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Garden Greenhouses and Cold Frames

A GREENHOUSE: TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY? Unless you’re lucky enough to have moved into a house with a greenhouse already in place in the garden (or on an allotment), it’s worthwhile pondering the pros and cons of buying one. You need to consider, apart from the cost, the maintenance required, especially if you choose a wooden-framed greenhouse rather than the relatively maintenance-free Read more ...

26. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Making a Garden Pond

Making a Pond Ponds are ideal for encouraging lots of wildlife into your garden as well as adding significantly to the overall visual appeal. They are a great source of interest and education, particularly for children. However, since they can also represent a danger to the safety of very young children, it may be worthwhile considering instead another type of water feature, Read more ...

26. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Rustic Arches and Pergolas

PERGOLAS A pergola is a series of connecting arches that not only links areas of the garden, it also provides shade and support for climbing plants and a very pleasing way of framing a view or aspect of your garden. Although you can construct a pergola from natural stone, brick, metal or wood, the rustic, wooden version is probably the commonest and the most cost-effective. An Read more ...

25. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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