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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, … Continue reading

23. February 2016 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 … Continue reading

20. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Garden Pests

Aphids: Everyone is familiar with these wide-spread pests that can affect almost any kind of plant. The typical symptoms are deformed, puckered, curled up leaves and stunted shoots until the plant begins to wither in parts or completely. Aphids usually … Continue reading

31. March 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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The Garden During Summer Holidays

Careful planning can overcome most of the difficulties presented by leaving a garden untended during the growing and harvesting seasons. The following checklist can help you return to a healthy and not too overgrown garden after your holidays: TWO WEEKS … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Nature Calendar: November in the British Garden

WEATHER The warm days of an ‘Indian summer’ may make the early part of November an extension of autumn. But the later part usually brings the frost, fog and sunless days of winter. GARDEN FLOWERS The Kaffir lily still provides … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Nature Calendar: December in the British Garden

WEATHER December is the month of least sun but not necessarily of the coldest weather. GARDEN ELOWERS A few hardy flowers still brave the elements, including Adonis amurensis and the little Iris unguicularis, which will continue to bloom intermittently throughout … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Nature Calendar: October in the British Garden

WEATHER The quietness of September may be extended well into the month. But October, the wettest month of the year, often brings the first fogs of the winter. GARDEN FLOWERS There are fewer flowers in the garden now, though aconitum … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Nature Calendar: August in the British Garden

WEATHER Like July, this may be a wet month, al-though there are usually periods of fine weather too. The days begin to shorten towards the end of the month. GARDEN FLOWERS There is already a suggestion of autumn in the … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Nature Calendar: September in the British Garden

WEATHER September is generally recognized as the beginning of autumn, and towards the end of the month the first frosts may be recorded. This may be a drier month than either July or August. GARDEN FLOWERS The herbaceous border still … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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Nature Calendar: July in the British Garden

WEATHER July is frequently a wetter month than June, but weather permitting, the harvest progresses. The latter part of the month and the early part of August, are considered the peak of high summer. GARDEN FLOWERS Daisies add colour to … Continue reading

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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