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    Plant a lasagna bulb pot for fantastic spring colour

    You may or may not have heard of a lasagna bulb pot but I assure you that they are fantastic. For a little bit of work in the autumn (fall) you can guarantee weeks and weeks of spring colour in your garden / porch /patio/ etc. The idea is that you plant your various types of bulbs in layers (kind of like a lasagna) so that your pot will have a succession of bright flowers throughout spring. So easy but incredibly effective! This year I am also doing it with an old wheelbarrow so a little bit of upcycling too. There are no rules about what you can use as…

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    Seedlings – how to transplant

     I love growing plants from seed. It is so economical and you really feel connected to your plants. Growing your own plants from seed is so satisfying. If you have never done it I really recommend it. You do not need any fancy equipment to try, just some warmth and light ( a windowsill works really well) Once you have sown your seeds, kept them warm and watered them you need to move them on to the next stage in their development. You need to prick your seedlings out into their final planting place or a larger pot.  This is not tricky but you can easily damage your seedlings. This…

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    Sweet Peas Success Secrets

    Sweet peas are absolutely gorgeous flowers and the scent is exquisite. As a bonus, the more you cut them the more they flower. If you grow them in your garden you can have them as cut flowers in your house all summer. This can be from June until October. To maximise the number of flowers and to get flowers as early as possible you should sow your seeds in autumn (October to November).     Here I will run through the best way to sow your sweet pea seeds for success. This page contains affiliate links meaning I earn a commission if you use those links at no cost to you.…

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    Successful Seed Sowing

    Do you love flowers in your garden? Is there anything better than enjoying the sight and scent of beautiful blooms in your garden that you have grown from seed yourself. It is so satisfying! Well, you can enjoy hundreds of flowers for very little cash as seeds are a very inexpensive way of filling your garden. Of course, this also extends into vegetables and ‘growing your own’. Vegetables you have grown yourself always taste gorgeous and you know that there are no pesticides on them. Best of all sowing seeds is really easy to do. Success is available to all gardeners no matter how new you are to gardening.I am…

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    Planting up hanging baskets and pots for summer

    This post is all about planting up your hanging baskets and pots with summer bedding for glorious summer displays. I will share how I do mine and any tips that I have. So, find your plants and favourite pots and let’s go!   You will need: Plant pot or hanging basket multi-purpose compost plant food water storing granules (optional) plants water   Tutorial 1) Setting up Set up your work area with you pot or basket and a supply of compost. I am currently using a mix of multi-purpose compost and peat free multi purpose compost. I am trying to go peat free but I am having mixed results so…

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