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December gardening

As I write this on a warm but dull and drizzly day I realise that summer has really gone but the days will soon be lengthening again. By now most people will be getting ready to celebrate the returning of the sun, a very old tradition that the church converted into Christmas, but the people […]

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Goosegogs for free!

Goosegogs for free!Too good to be true well let’s throw in redcurrants and blackcurrants, surely there must be a catch somewhere. Who was it that said there was nothing free in this life, and yes I suppose they were right, but here the only catch is a little work and someone else’s generosity in giving you the […]

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An answer to ericaceous peat compost!

An answer to ericaceous peat compost!It’s from a bit of a left field position and involves a plant of high notoriety.  Yes, that least loved of all plants, the leylandii. Virtually everyone has experienced or heard about the problem. For my own account when I moved to my present address the first thing my neighbour greeted me with was adverse […]

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Blueberries an economical way!

Blueberries an economical way!The cost of blueberries, for a two year old bush in a pot from a nursery, can certainly be a disincentive to try this much talked about super fruit. Is there a cheaper alternative, well the answer is positive, but it comes with a little work attached. As an experiment, I purchased from the main […]

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A taste of the Mediterranean!

Figs, yes they can be grown in England, but you do need to follow a few simple rules if you want to see fruit, rather than masses of leafy growth. In a nut shell they need their root growth to be restricted so that the plant responds to this stress by going into fruit production. […]

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