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  • Trees For Small Gardens By Joshua Ellison
    Last week we gave you information on proper pruning techniques and its many benefits, however even the most dedicated maintenance cannot make a large tree .... an ultimate height of 4-8 metres. It prefers a well-drained but moist soil, preferably acidic though neutral will suffice and clay/sand based is best.

  • Caring For Your Compost By Joshua Ellison
    There are fewer habits a gardener can develop that are of greater benefit than composting. Dedication and persistence are rewarded with a cost effective .... beautiful sweet, dark compost, rest assured your garden will thank you for it, with much improved flowering and produce yields, so it will be worth it!

  • Credit Crunch Hits Our Allotments By Joshua Ellison
    The Royal Horticultural Society have recently published a public interest story concerning the rising prices and popularity of allotment gardening and .... organic fruit and vegetables a place to meet people and socialise, and, if nothing else, an antidote to a growing distrust in our corporate trough fillers!

  • Yellow Fellows By Joshua Ellison
    Continuing our colour coding of the garden, this week, if yellow is your thing, we bring you a host of butter-toned cultivars. Yellow is considered, in .... the whole species is the willingness to flower, and the colour of those flowers, producing bowls of bright golden petals over a long flowering season.

  • Sensory Gardens (if not necessarily sensible!) By Joshua Ellison
    To many, a garden is just a glorified bouquet, somewhere to apply an artistic touch and allow nature to do the leg work and, while the aesthetic appeal .... while the bright red pulp is not perhaps as flavoursome as the variety you’d buy in the supermarket, is still stunning over ice-cream or in Champagne!

  • Luring the Bobbing Red Robin By Joshua Ellison
    There’s much to be said for a healthy bird population in the garden - in winter most of all, when your blooms have retreated from cold weather and the .... will definitely compensate you will the surplus of nests and chicks in the spring season as your hard work comes home to roost. (Pun utterly intended.)

  • Hydroponics 101 - Basic Tools By Miles Owen
    A hydroponics garden is unique in that it does not depend on soil to grow healthy vegetation. Plants do not need soil to grow at all- it just needs fresh .... even pesticides, if necessary). A hydroponics garden is a great way to grow your own vegetation. It comes in many different shapes, sizes and styles.

  • Something Fungal This Way Comes... By Joshua Ellison
    The gardening headlines this week have been plastered with the threat of two new diseases that could potentially devastate Europe’s indigenous tree population .... monitoring of exotic plants allowed to cross British borders, as well as increasing the knowledge and awareness of currently existing domestic threats.

  • Ten Beauties of Winter By Joshua Ellison
    Winter has its ups and downs, whilst we’re treated with festive cheer and an excuse to eat all the food we can stomach, we must also suffer cold weather .... blooms that can match Viburnum’s ‘Dawn’ cultivar for beauty or perfume, bearing tight clusters of pink and white flowers with the bonus of a fine scent.

  • Advantages of Container Gardening By Marianne Droste
    Personally, I think gardening in containers is the best thing since sliced bread! The possibilities are endless - you can create gardens of vegetables .... gardening, where you can grow good things to eat or just look at! Even with one container and a little planning you can have a garden for all seasons!

  • Gimme Shelter By Joshua Ellison
    Trees serve many purposes in the garden. Whether it be providing excellent punctuation in your borders, housing a throng of blackbirds, or even hiding .... ground will stay so for several weeks, but that early water is crucial for the trees survival. So go on - plant a tree and enjoy for years to come.

  • Flavoursome Fungus By Joshua Ellison
    This week I bring you the first in a two part piece concerning those fine fungal frequenters of our forests - the mushrooms. This first part concerns the .... attached to hardwood trees. It gets its name from the shape of its white, grey or brown cap and often smells of anise. It is best suited to stir-frying.

  • Mistletoe - Where Did It Go? By Joshua Ellison
    Mistletoe - second to the Christmas tree, it is the staple yuletide plant. Songs are written about it, doors adorned with it and kisses won under it, but .... rate of germination-less than 10% generally-so be meticulous about marking where you have planted them so you don’t end up shooting yourself in the foot!

  • Heed the Seeds! By Joshua Ellison
    The January sales might not apply to gardening, but garden bargains can begin early with ordering seeds in preparation for the planting period of early .... you provide supports depends entirely on the purpose of the plants, whether you wish them to sprawl outward as ground cover or upward as a standing vine.

  • I Wanna Rock - Planning a Rockery By Joshua Ellison
    A rockery can make for a very interesting focal point in a garden and also an excellent platform on which to plant choice specimens where they can be raised .... crowning centrepiece to a rockery, which would not only provide some fluidity to a stationary feature, but will also help to attract wildlife to your garden.

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