News - Page 12: Gardening Tips

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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Get into Veganuary: Vegan gardening tips

This month, as part of Veganuary, many of us are trying to adopt a more vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. To help, we’ve put together a few tips on being more vegan in the way we garden.

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Start making plans for your kitchen garden

It’s time to start making plans for your kitchen garden and get ready for growing your own food and cut flowers in abundance. Kitchen gardens are great to make the most of the space outside your back door. They can be small spaces or larger but always very productive and look great. Here are some things to get started when planning your kitchen garden. 

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7 New Year’s resolutions for gardeners

Happy new year everyone, we wish you all a happy, healthy and green 2021 Do you already have some new years resolutions? Forget all those dismal resolutions to read more improving books, lose weight or eat less chocolate. This year, why not make some New Year’s resolutions for your garden instead? Here are a few ideas to get you started. 

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Protect plants, shrubs and trees against the frost

Time to protect plants, shrubs and trees against the frost to make sure that they are safe during the colder months of the years so they will continue to thrive through all seasons in the future. There are many ways to protect your plant against the frost. Read our top tips to maintain your plants during winter.

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Time to prune perennials, roses and fruit trees

It's time to prune plants, roses and fruit trees as they enter dormancy. The temperature drop and less sunlight mean many garden plants will now drop leaves, stems will die back, and you may think some perennials have disappeared! In fact, they will be storing energy under the soil so they can burst back into bloom the following year when the weather warms up again. It’s a great time to tidy up in the garden, so here are some gardening tips to help you during the colder months. 

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Growing Amaryllis Bulbs

Get festive by growing Amaryllis bulbs (Hippeastrum) for an extravagant bloom that is simply stunning and a great benefit is how easy it is to grow! The big, lousy blooms of the Amaryllis can be in many different colours, mostly white to red and some with stripes as well. Tall stems with glossy foliage adorn hold the big blooms, so they stand out for everyone to see. Here’s how to grow them: 

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Plant Skimmia for Winter Interest

It is time to plant Skimmia for winter interest and keep your garden looking full of colour and berries in the cold months of the year. Skimmia is an evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves, bright winter berries and then white flowers in late spring. They give a great deal to each season in the garden and also look good in pots and containers plus they can be planted at any time of the year as long as the ground isn't frozen or waterlogged.

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How to plant a bulb lasagne pot

You can never have too many spring bulbs. With their fabulous flowers turning spring into a riot of colour, the only problem is finding space to plant them all. The solution? Lasagne bulb planting.

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How to harvest and store apples

If you’re lucky enough to have your own apple trees, autumn is a busy time of year. Delicious crisp, juicy apples are just waiting to be picked and eaten now or made into tasty pies and desserts. Here’s how to make the most of your apple harvest.

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Start planting new garden plants

It is time to start planting new garden plants as the summer comes to an end and we move into Autumn. You’ll notice the beautiful changing of the leaves, the drop in temperature and as the harvests may continue there will be plenty of clearing up to do in the garden and on the allotment. This time of year is great for reflecting on what you have grown, what you loved in the garden and what you might want to plant for next year. During Autumn, before it gets too cold, is the ideal time to plant out some perennials, shrubs and trees as it allows them time to settle in before the colder months and they will be ready to grow the following year. So, what do you consider when planting new plants at this time of year?

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Perfect garden plants for patios

No matter what size garden you have, perfect garden plants for patios can be useful information to know. If you have a more extensive garden, you will likely have a deck where your pots will be full of plants. If you have a smaller space, such as a patio without any other garden or a balcony, you might want to make the most from your area and create an impact on containers. Many plants will grow on a patio, too many to list here but we’ve picked a few we think you will love and that will enjoy a patio pot. 

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