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Gardeners and garden magazines often refer to the need to 're pot a plant' but how do you know when to do this? Re pot too soon and you risk a small plant loosing itself in an overly large pot, too late and the roots are a tangled mess and the plant is pot bound. The first thing is to look at the underneath of the pot, carefully holding the plant in place. Can you see roots and plenty of them? If so slide the plant out of the pot and look. Illustrated left is a c...
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There is so much to enjoy in the garden in June when all is still fresh and beginning to bloom. What is in flower in June still depends in part on the prevailing weather in the different parts of the country. This year we enjoyed a very warm spring, which set everything in the garden growing at a gallop, which since been slowed down by the cooler, unsettled weather during late May and June. Still the garden is looking very lovely.    &nbsp...
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Image Thorncroft A lovely new Clematis was launched at Chelsea by Thorncroft and the good news, it's scented. Clematis SUGAR SWEET™ BLUE 'Scented Clem' is early flowering in April and May. It has pretty violet blue flowers and said to have an almond scent, more pronounced early morning and evening. Given its flowering time, I am assuming it is a group 1 which means little or no pruning and so one of the easier Clematis to ...
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This year has already proved to be quite dry and it makes sense to think about drought resistant plants. If you live in a part of the country with low rainfall drought resistant plants will be easier to grow and less maintenance, and as our summers seem to turn warmer, these plants are invaluable in the border.  We need to preserve our natural resources and water is on such resource. My guest blog on Thompson and Morgan's web site called 'Dr...
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Just a few tips around the perennial question of when to plant out bedding: not yet. This question comes up regularly and the important point is that almost all bedding plants are tender, which means not frost hardy. But there is more, it is not just frost, most bedding plants do not like cold and if planted out in a chilly spell it can set them back,  slow down their growth, and a prolonged cold spell may cause the leaves to discolour. Its testing, but time to w...
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  How to start a compost bin and keep it at its best   At Wheelie Bin Solutions we're seeing more and more customers ask us about how to start a compost bin and the best ways to make a success of it.   Compost is a great way to reuse organic waste by turning it back into fertiliser for the garden. It's a closed-loop process and requires  very little external energy or material input, making it a good ec...
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We look forward to the Daffodil season and so it is doubly disappointing if instead of cheery yellow or white flowers everywhere there are just leaves. The good news is that if you are looking at patches of bulbs which have not flowered now is the time to take the measure of them and persuade them to bloom next year.  A high potassium feed, such as tomato feed, will help especially if they are growing on poor soil. The bulbs for next year will be fo...
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Sweet Peas naturally want to grow tall, leggy and keep on growing. As gardeners we want them to grow tall but also to produce lots of flowers. Whether you have germinated your own sweet peas, or purchased small plants and are growing them on, you will see a single shoot growing and it really helps to pinch out the top growth. If you look at the images above, the first image all the top growth is in place, the second image the plant has been cut back. This will...
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  Some sunshine and fine weather gives a chance to get out into the garden. This warm weather and rise in temperatures will aid germination so now is a good time to start sowing seeds. At this time of year it is important to find somewhere warm to place the trays and grow on the seedlings. It is still early in the year, and there will be plenty of cold weather to come which means it is best to start with the more hardy seeds. I have just so...
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  Hurrah, we are almost there and ready to start sowing seeds. The exact timing depends where in the country you garden, and how much space under glass you have for growing seeds on until the weather picks up. I have space in a conservatory where I start my seeds moving them out into the greenhouse later in Marach once they are established and when it is a little warmer.  After so many years of gardening, I still get excited as the seeds germinate and push...

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