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  1. Winter WoodBlocX getting you ready for spring

    Winter WoodBlocX getting you ready for spring
    In the south, there have been very few really hard frosts, so even some tender bedding plants like geraniums have survived and it means that many of the bugs and other nasties are also thriving! So now is the time to go slug and snail hunting and dispose of them! Really we do need a good old cold snap to...
  2. How easy are modular systems to put together?

    How easy are modular systems to put together?
    Do you need to spruce up your garden fast? Perhaps you need to make some improvements before a big event? Or do you just want to add some finishing touches to a garden without the hassle of too much work? Plants are by far the easiest and best way to bring a bit of life to a bare outdoor...
  3. An easy and effective garden solution

    An easy and effective garden solution
    All too often a great design idea has to be amended beyond recognition because of the practicalities and realities of the garden and the budget. Perhaps all the materials for the garden have to be taken through the house, perhaps there are pets or young children around, or perhaps you’re on a deadline – all these logistical problems and more...
  4. Planting Late Summer Seeds… Choi Sum

    Planting Late Summer Seeds… Choi Sum
    There are a whole range of remarkably cold hardy oriental greens. They are ideal to keep your plot going through the depths of winter, particularly if you don't have the space or time for traditional winter veg like brussels. Many are good both in salads and cooked - try Pak Choi, Mizuna, Chinese Cabbage, Mibuna, Tatsoi and Mispoona, all...
  5. Reducing the cost of Garden Projects

    Reducing the cost of Garden Projects
    Whether you are just putting in a couple of beds for a vegetable garden or terracing the whole garden, it’s always good to be able to see all the costs of a project up front. Using a modular timber system for raised beds and other landscaping means that the material costs are really easy to calculate, and there’s no need to pay...
  6. Successional Sowing: How to Get The Most From Your Raised Beds

    Successional Sowing: How to Get The Most From Your Raised Beds
    Sometimes less is more, so whether you have an allotment, a large kitchen garden or just a single raised bed, you should use successional sowing to ensure a steady, regular and appropriate supply of vegetables throughout the growing season, rather than experiencing a glut all at once. Basically, using the principle of little and often, it involves extending your harvest...
  7. Top Tips For Designing Your Dream Garden

    Top Tips For Designing Your Dream Garden
    A new garden design – or a new determination to transform your garden – can be a daunting prospect. Caitlin McLaughlin, the RHS Young Designer of the Year 2016, gives us her take on what makes a successful garden design in the above video. Below are some tips on things to consider when preparing to design a garden. Before...
  8. How to deal with Creeping Buttercup

    How to deal with Creeping Buttercup
    The Creeping Buttercup is a low growing perennial weed which prefers wet heavy soils. Creeping Buttercups spread with vigorous creeping stems that run along the ground rooting at intervals with a very fibrous rooting system.   You need to make sure you remove all the fibrous roots as well as the main part of the weed, as this tricky...
  9. The Benefits of Crop Protectors

    The Benefits of Crop Protectors
    When we spend so much time helping our carrots, cauliflowers and cucumbers to grow it would be a real waste to let the pigeons get in there for the first bite!   Crop protectors allow you to defend your veg against invaders, but make sure you choose a net that matches your needs.
  10. Problem Weeds.. Ground Elder

    Problem Weeds.. Ground Elder
    Ground Elder can be a real pest, and a tricky one to get rid of when it takes hold of your vegetable patch. But if you follow these quick tips you should be able to banish it from your garden in no time.   The key thing is to make sure you pull out the whole root, not just...

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