Aug 26

Choices, Choices… How to Pick a Reliable Gardening Company

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Fantastic-GardenersA well maintained garden will make a world of difference to the enjoyment you get from your home. Not to mention, increasing both sale and rental value. If you don’t enjoy gardening or don’t have the time to do it you’ll be looking for someone you can employ to do the work for you. How do you choose a good gardening company? Here are a few ideas about how to go about it. (more…)

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Aug 19

Social Media Elements in Your Garden – Hashtag Plants by Art We Hart

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Facebook LogoSocial media rules. Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, it’s rare to find someone in the UK who doesn’t spend at least a few hours a week on some social platform or another. It’s inevitable that anything that has a daily presence in our lives will also start to influence our fashions and trends. Here’s just a few examples of how the virtual world of social media has entered physical life. (more…)

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Aug 14

The Best Gardens in London

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Street view of London cityYou may have noticed that we’ve been giving you lots of tips recently on how to improve your urban garden and enhance your front yard. After all that hard work it’s time to put down your spade and take some time out. London is a fascinating city and it has some of the most amazing public gardens and parks. This weekend is the perfect time to visit at least one of them, you’ll have a great time and maybe gain some inspiration too. This post will be about London’s most famous gardens and some lesser-known but nonetheless extraordinary green spaces. (more…)

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Aug 5

August Gardening: What Are You Missing

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CalendulaAs we head into August we’re moving towards ‘late summer’ (where did the year go!). In some ways your gardening tasks are getting easier; the summer bedding is in place, the major weeding is done as the spring and early summer growing period is past. On the downside, especially in dry summers, by August much of your planting may be looking tired, straggly or just plain thirsty. Here’s a quick round up of tips to help keep your garden looking fresh and attractive through later summer and into the early autumn. (more…)

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Jul 29

Why a Grey Water Recycling System Is Exactly What Your Garden Needs

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SprinklerSave money on your water bills and make your garden more environmentally friendly too. It really does have to be a winner, so if you haven’t yet considered recycling some of your grey water read on: (more…)

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Jul 22

Front Garden Ideas

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front gardenAs a rule of thumb your back garden is your heaven, a private space where you can eat and socialise, the kids can play or you can grow your own vegetables. Front gardens usually offer much less privacy and they tend to be more about giving your home kerb appeal. (more…)

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Jul 15

Balcony Gardens Make Urban Areas More Alluring

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Balcony gardenThe smaller the space the more precious it is, something that most Londoners are all too well aware of. If you have any outdoor space at all, you can have a gorgeous garden. Not only will you be creating something that you’ll enjoy, you’ll also lift the hearts of anyone who happens to look up and spot your beautiful flowers or even your tomatoes! And of course, every green thing that exists in the city plays its own part, however minuscule in reducing pollution, releasing much needed oxygen and making London a greener environment. (more…)

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Jul 8

Pruning Conifers in Summer Have You Trimmed Yours?

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coniferGenerally speaking, most conifers are low maintenance plants. They tend to be native to places with harsh conditions and poor soil, so it’s no surprise that they’re often slow growing and require little pruning. You may however wish to improve the shape or restrict the size of your conifers and for most species this is best done in summer. The other most common sort of pruning of any plant is the removal of dead or diseased material, this can be done at any time of year and in fact the sooner you remove diseased growth of any plant the better.

If you do need to prune a conifer there’s an important rule to remember. (more…)

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Jul 1

A Garden is only as Good as Its Soil

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soilKeen gardeners dream of the perfect soil. Soil that holds enough moisture to give plants the water they need, but drains freely enough to prevent water-logging. Soil that contains plenty of nutrients to feed plants and which doesn’t compact, preventing roots from spreading. The perfect soil is alive, containing millions of micro-organisms which break down organic materials and lots of lovely earthworms to keep the texture open, helping air to permeate. The perfect soil will comprise around 40% sand, 40% silt and 20% clay. Of course the main reason keen gardeners’ dream of the perfect soil is that few of us are lucky enough to have it. (more…)

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Jun 24

What You Can (and can’t) Turn into Compost

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Despite the air of mystery that sometimes surrounds composting it’s not difficult. If you haven’t yet designated a space for your compost pile or bin now’s the time to do so. Follow this simple guide for trouble-free composting and free food for your plants. (more…)

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