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    Plants by Post – what to do with them!

    Have you ever bought plants by post? Have you ever seen them advertised and wondered if it is a good idea? Do you worry about the quality? Or indeed, what to do with the when you get them. Well, this article will answer all your questions and set you off to buy your plants on line confidently. You really can save a lot of money particularly on summer bedding plants that you probably want lots of to get a strong display. This article will cover buying your plants and what to do with the once you receive them. It can seem daunting but it is actually really easy to take…

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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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    Free Shrubs from Cuttings!

    Everyone likes something for free and I am definitely no exception. Free shrubs are a great way of saving money and developing your garden. I love growing things in the garden from seed or from cuttings. If you are interested in growing from seed then take a look at my posts ‘Successful Seed Sowing‘ and ‘Transplanting Seedlings‘. Cuttings are great because you can replicate a shrub around your plot or even better, get free shrubs from a friend’s shrub. Next time you are admiring a shrub ask for a cutting or two and take the following steps. Most gardener’s love sharing their garden in this way. Obviously it is also…

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    Make your own leaf mould

    What could be better for your garden and the environment than making your own leaf mould? In the autumn (fall) simply gather up your fallen leaves and help them to form leaf mould. It is so easy and you can use it as a mulch or soil improver the following year. Here is a quick step by step guide to being successful with leaf mould. Step 1: Gather up your fallen leaves and put them somewhere that you can mow them. Step 2: Set your lawn mower to a high cut. As you can see, I use the highest setting that my mower has. Step 3: Mow the leaves so…

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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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