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Dealing with Snow in the Garden

Garden covered in snow

It looks beautiful from inside a warm house but snow can bring its own problems for the gardener. A few flakes of snow on the greenhouse roof is nothing to worry about but if it freezes and more snow falls and more, the overall weight can become a problem and …

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How to use Bonfire Ash

Once the excitement of the annual bonfire is over what do you do with the ash. Allow it to cool down until its cold then scoop into a metal bucket making sure you remove any pieces of metal (nuts/bolts) which may be hiding. Scatter on the compost pile and mix …

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Using leaves to make free compost

At this time of year there is an abundance of leaves falling from trees that make for excellent leaf mould compost. You can create your own for use on the garden as either a mulch or for bulking up raised beds. Every year you can find me in front of …

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Help Hedgehogs Survive the Winter

Since the 1950’s the number of hedgehogs in the UK has fallen by over 37%! As part of their nationwide campaign, Hedgehog Street have released an interactive map showing where in the UK both live and dead hedgehogs have been found. Next week sees the start of Wild About Gardens …

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Dig a trench for climbing beans

Whether you are planning to grow Runner (Pole) Beans or French Climbing Beans, they all love a good base of moisture to help them grow. Over Christmas is a perfect time to start planning for this crop. Traditionally they are grown in rows, using bamboo canes for the plants to …

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