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An hour in the garden 8

Out top ten must have for the garden (Not all things you can buy!)

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An hour in the garden 7

Listen to “Hour in the garden 7” on Spreaker. This week we look at wellies! Hardwood cuttings, digging out ferns and miscanthus, working on hedges, pruning hebe and keeping an eye out for honey fungus!

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An Hour in the garden 6

Listen to “An Hour in the Garden 6” on Spreaker. This week we look at daffodil and tulip planting. It’s time to get your Spring bedding transplanted. All this makes me realise how far behind I am! Never mind! Time to lift your Dahlias, divide the tubers and treat with sulphur powder. Keep in a […]

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An hour in the garden 5

Our gardening podcast. A weekly look in to what’s happening in the garden.

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An hour in the garden 4

Listen to “An hour in the garden 4” on Spreaker. This week we are dealing with the huge privet hedge, cutting them down, digging out the roots and having a long series of bonfires to shift the debris. Bonfires are really good for your beds, if you don’t live in a smokeless zone. They fertilise […]

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Small brown chillies - good and hot!

Chillies keep on giving, really worth growing them

Chillies keep on giving. Been away for a week only to come back to find the chillies ripening nicely, but where there has been harvest, replacements have appeared. They simply keep on producing fruit. That is also with a full week without watering! They really are so much better than tomatoes for growing! Who would […]

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What to do in your garden in November

Normally the time for slippers, cocoa and autumn fires, there’s too much to do in the garden for all that!

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Digging up miscanthus

Miscanthus is an invasive plant that left to its own devices will grow wild in the garden

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Why you shouldn’t make your own insecticide and herbicide

Not only is it illegal, it can be quite dangerous to make your own chemicals for the garden. Stay completely organic!

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Blight potatoes

Blight gains a hold of crops in warm moist conditions – typically on a hot day following a shower of rain, and once established it’s very difficult to eradicate, partly because of the speed of infection. If you ignore blight for a day you may well lose your whole crop.

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Bird Pests

Some people love them but pigeons eat twice their own weight of food each day and there’s not a lot you can do about it.

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Bad tomatoes, perfect pickles

Tomatoes this year have been a complete washout and I am so cross about it. I just threw out three plants that have so few fruits on them it is little point keeping them going. At this time of the year (mid August) I always reduce the leaf area, to allow the remaining tomatoes to start to ripen without the extra humidity of the leaves.

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Seed saving and all that stuff

Saving seeds is an excellent way of preserving favourite vegetables

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What to do in your garden in October

A season of mists and all that… October is a time to roll your sleeves up and do a bit of graft, bringing in your harvest and getting ready for next season.

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What to do in your garden in September

The whole planet literally turns a corner in its journey around the sun and in the UK we really feel the effects. The tides go high, the rivers fill up and the daylight changes. September is a time for preparation.

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Today in the garden: August blues

Today in the garden is a blog on growing vegetables and gardening.

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Beetroot

Beetroot is an extremely easy to grow root crop, beetroot will do well in any soil or any situation. It prefers well draining, friable soil and good sun. It can be grown either directly in the ground or in pots. As the whole plant, from the root to the leaves, can be eaten, they are a good all-round crop.

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Grow aubergine

Gaining in popularity, aubergines no longer need to be soaked to stop them from being bitter. Here’s how to grow them.

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Growing mushrooms

Growing mushrooms for the kitchen is rather an exciting thing to do for the first time.

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Winter crops

You can easily say that the polytunnel turns our four seasons into three, a warmish bit, a very warm bit and a cool bit. The winter is six weeks late and the spring a couple on months early.

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