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Summer planting

The start of high summer and hopefully warm weather and the ideal time of year to be planting so how should you deal with purchases at this time of the year.

The months of June and July are often dry and warm, and aren’t the best time for planting.

The soil can be unforgiving and it’s easy to lose plants. But that shouldn’t stop you from buying and adding things into your garden and there are a few practical steps you can take to make sure anything you buy in summer thrive and add instant attraction – or be ready in place for the following year.

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How to solve pest and disease problems organically

organic vegetables.jpgIt’s the time of year when almost every vegetable patch is beset with some pest or disease problems. So what are your options to try and solve things organically?

Organic gardeners usually want to avoid using pesticides of any type, so they try to grow plants in ways that help prevent pests and diseases from gaining a foothold. 

These techniques work in any garden—organic or not.

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Big trees – friends or threat?

Fri, 15/07/2016 - 15:08

Mark Hinsley defends the importance of trees not only to our landscape but critically  providing shelter for homes, crops and prevention from flood damage.

Please take care in the garden

Fri, 15/07/2016 - 15:05

Grenville Sheringham says gardening injuries - from falling off ladders to accidents with power tools makes it vital to keep concentrating when gardening.

Summer planting

Fri, 15/07/2016 - 15:01

The start of high summer and hopefully warm weather and the ideal time of year to be planting so how should you deal with purchases at this time of the year.

The months of June and July are often dry and warm, and aren’t the best time for planting. 

Hillside retreat garden opens for NGS

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:41

For the last 25 years business woman Dame Alison Carnwath and partner Peter Thompson have been working on a garden around their secluded hillside retreat, just outside the East Devon village of Sidbury.

Pocket park for Taunton

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:40

Taunton is set to get its own pocket park after a successful bid for Government funding. Pocket parks are small areas of inviting public and garden space where people can enjoy relief from the hustle and bustle of city streets

Hilles House Open 24 Jul 2016

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 09:46 Post author: RedCrossHampshireIOW

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

Hilles House has a lovely, small arts-and-crafts garden, with spectacular views over the Vale of Severn that look towards the Black Mountains, Malverns and Shropshire Hills.

Date
24 Jul 2016

Opening times
3pm-5pm

Entrance fees
Adults: £5.00.
Children under 12 free

Sezincote Open Garden 26 Jun 2016

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 09:40 Post author: RedCrossHampshireIOW

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

Sezincote is a unique and extraordinary Indian house set amid the Cotswold Hills. The architecture is in the Mogul style of Rajasthan. A curving orangery frames the Persian garden of paradise, with its fountain and canals. The house is within a romantic water garden, which is a fine example of the picturesque style – with pools, waterfalls, a grotto, and a temple to the Hindu Sun God. Sezincote was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion.

Date:
26 Jun 2016

Opening times:.
2pm-5pm.

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