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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Garden Boundaries: Fence or Hedge?

TO FENCE OR TO HEDGE? It is likely that you will want or have to mark the boundaries of your garden, for security or a more decorative garden, or both. The quickest solution is obviously to erect a fence – it is immediate and you can always start to grow a hedge or plants up against it, once it is in position. Cheaper fencing, as you would expect, is often quite stark Read more ...

25. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Trees and Shrubs

Trees are ideal for providing height for the back row of a mixed border. Most small gardens don’t have a lot of room for trees, so you must choose carefully. There are plenty of very attractive decorative kinds that won’t outgrow their welcome, but if you only have room for one tree, make it a good one. Plant as far away from the house as their eventual height will be. Don’t Read more ...

24. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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All About Lawns

WHY HAVE A LAWN AT ALL? Although it is easy to assume – mistakenly – that a lawn does not need any attention once it is established, it is true that it is easier and quicker to maintain than a whole series of beds and borders. It also provides a centrepiece for a garden and, provided it is not neglected, it will enhance the impact of the beds, flowers and shrubs you Read more ...

24. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Garden Paving, Patios, Decking, Block Paving

Hard Surfaces in the Garden Although it’s reasonable to think that the plants make any garden, hard surfaces, including walls, paths and paved areas, often have an equally important role in adding to the overall visual impact. From a practical viewpoint, too, it’s essential to make all parts of the garden easily accessible, both for gardening and for viewing, so be prepared Read more ...

23. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Basic Garden Design Tips

Designing a new garden or giving the old one a facelift doesn’t have to be difficult or daunting. The main thing is that you don’t have to do it all at once, like on TV makeover programmes. We moved to a large mature garden 14 years ago and had a five-year plan for renovating worn out fences, jaded, uncut hedges, digging a pond, laying a patio and building pergolas and Read more ...

20. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Gardening Tools: How to Choose the Right Ones for the Job

The Right Tools Resist the temptation to spend lots of money on professional-looking, stainless-steel tools. You can get to work on your garden with a limited set of tools, starting with a spade, a fork, a rake, a trowel and, of course, a watering can. Choose a sturdy spade for all your digging and for planting trees and shrubs. As you’ll be going for the budget option, Read more ...

18. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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How to Prune Climbing and Wall Plants

Plants which are grown on a wall usually have to be kept within certain limits. To do this the plants need a periodical, usually annual, pruning or training, which is dependent on two factors, the amount of space available and time of flowering. With regard to space this depends both on the area of wall available and on the distance the shrub can be allowed to grow out from Read more ...

15. October 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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