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Boxing Day – Traditional day to sow onions

Boxing Day is the traditional day to sow onions. “Sow just after the shortest day, harvest just after the longest day” is what you’d hear from the old boys on the allotment site. There is also a theory that it’s a handy excuse to escape the family and visitors of …

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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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Planting Spring Bulbs

October, November and even December in a mild year is the time to plant Spring flower bulbs. Plant when you are sure no frosts are forecast for the proceeding few days. Daffodils, tulips, crocus, grape hyacinths and snowdrops, to name a few, will give a flash of colour in Spring. …

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