News - Page 11: Gardening Tips

Sowing seeds for summer

Growing plants from seed is one of the joys of gardening. It’s great for gardeners on a tight budget, giving you masses of plants for minimal cost, and there’s no beating the sense of triumph that comes from seeing those first seedlings poke their green heads above the soil. Sow a few seeds now in spring, and they’ll give you a spectacular show in summer.

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What to sow in the kitchen garden in April

Knowing what to sow in the kitchen garden in April is pretty easy because it is the month where everything really gets going in the garden. The temperature warms up quite quickly, and there will be more daylight, making it a great time to sow many seeds and get them off to a good start for the season ahead. It is an exciting time for gardeners, so get your seed packets ready, seed trays, compost and plant labels ready so you are prepared to get sowing seeds. 

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How to plant trees, conifers and shrubs

Trees and shrubs are the backbones of any garden, creating a living framework for all the other plants. Deciduous trees change with the season, with beautiful spring flowers or spectacular autumn foliage. Even when the leaves have fallen, the bare branches add height and interest to the winter garden. Conifers add evergreen structure and come in a surprisingly wide range of colours, shapes and styles.  Finally, shrubs are the perfect choice for low-maintenance gardens. There are spring, summer and autumn-flowering shrubs, and many of them need an annual trim to keep them tidy.

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Fruit trees for your garden

With so many fruit trees for your garden to choose from, how do you know which will be suitable? We’ve got you covered! No matter what size garden you have, there are always options to include fruit trees. Even on a balcony or patio, there is a tree for every garden. The great think about fruit trees is they are both beautiful and productive. 

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Prepare your spring garden

Wondering how to prepare your spring garden? As your bulbs pop up through the soil, you will know that spring is definitely in the air. The birds will be singing and beginning to search for nesting spaces, and there will be more days with blue skies and warmer sunshine than we’ve seen over the winter months. Spring is truly food for the soul as we each feel like we are coming out of hibernation and getting ready for the months ahead. Here is how to prepare your spring garden. 

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How to grow potatoes

Fancy eating your own home-grown potatoes this summer? Now’s the time to start planting. And if you don’t have a big garden, you can still grow early potatoes in a pot or grow bag on a sunny patio. Here are our top tips on growing potatoes.

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Keeping a great lawn

Our guide to keeping a great lawn will help you to take the steps needed to ensure it is lush, green and in good health. Lawns are essential aspects of many gardens and can bring so much to a garden design. From long, straight formal lawns to curved edges surrounded by perennials and bedding plants, the lawn is a place to lounge, exercise and play. 

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Top 10 scented plants

Find out our top 10 scented plants and enjoy the spread of natural scent in your garden. We have a wonderful range of plants with a nice fragrance. Fill your garden with scented plants and your garden will not only look fantastic but also smell fantastic! 

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Garden plant: Viburnum

Whether you’re looking for evergreen structure, winter colour or beautiful flowers, there’s a viburnum to suit your needs. This large group of plants includes evergreen and deciduous shrubs, some with scented winter flowers and others blooming in summer. They’re easy to grow and care for and great for wildlife. Here are three of our favourite viburnums.

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Which seeds to sow this year

Choosing which seeds to sow this year can be a tricky decision to make! With so many available in all kinds of colours and varieties, browsing the seed packets on the shelves on in a catalogue can be daunting and exciting all at the same time. Before you become overrun with seeds, here is how we recommend you choose what you want to grow so you know which seeds you need to get your hands on. 

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Design a Feng Shui garden

To design a Feng Shui garden, you will need to understand the principles of Feng Shui. We explain Feng Shui's principles and show you how to apply a layout, plants and consider every area of your garden to ensure it becomes a haven of tranquillity and relaxation. Think of smooth flowing pathways, no straight edges and lots of natural materials and vibes. A Feng Shui garden will fill your senses with uplifting and a delightful feeling of calm. Here are some tips to get started. 

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Planting a deciduous hedge

If you’re thinking of planting a hedge, it’s well worth considering deciduous shrubs. Deciduous shrubs are easy to grow and need an occasional trim. Deciduous hedging plants often have beautiful flowers and berries that attract wildlife to the garden, contributing to biodiversity. Many shrubs have fabulous autumn foliage, too. So, what are you waiting for, here are six of our favourite deciduous hedging plants.

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