Jan 27

How to Plant Paperwhites in a Vase Just Add Water!

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PaperwhitesYou may think of this pretty and fragrant narcissus as an outdoor spring bulb. You wouldn’t be wrong but you can also use them to create a fragrant and pretty display of indoor narcissus. It’s most common to force bulbs in autumn. to create a winter display at a time when the garden is dreary, but so long as you create the right conditions the technique will work year round. (more…)

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Jan 21

Six Air Purifying House Plants

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Red Gerber DaisyAs brought to you by NASA! You might not expect the North American Space Agency to be an expert on plants, but they did studies on how to keep air fresh and clean in space facilities. If it’s good enough for the space station, it’s good enough for us. What follows is not the NASA top 6 but our favourite choices amongst those they identified. (more…)

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Jan 13

Should You Re-Use Potting Compost?

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CompostPotting compost can be pricey and what are you supposed to do with it once you’ve transplanted your seedlings out, or even when you’ve re-potted container plants and have removed compost left over? As with so many things in gardening the answer to the question ‘Can I reuse this compost?’ is, ‘it depends!’. (more…)

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Jan 8

Sky Gardens atop the Walkie Talkie Open to Public

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The Sky Gardens on Walkie Talkie Building

Photo source: http://www.rhubarb.net/venues/sky-garden

The Sky Gardens atop the latest addition to London’s skyline — the Walkie Talkie building, will open their doors on January 12th. Apparently tickets have been available for several months but it wasn’t until very recently this has been publicised. (more…)

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Jan 6

Winter Gardening Tricks: How To Root Herbs in Water

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Oregano plantFresh herbs are a cook’s best friend, they pack so much flavour in a small amount of leaf but they can be a little on the pricey side when bought at a supermarket. A money-saving, saving, simple and very satisfying alternative to buying herbs is to grow your own, and it’s a great task for the winter when there’s so little else you can do in the garden. (more…)

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Dec 30

Our Favourite Gardening Magazines

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Gardening MagazinesHowever much we might want to, it’s just not practical to spend all day, every day in the garden. The next best thing to gardening is reading about gardening, we read for knowledge, for inspiration and sometimes just for that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from recognising that we’re part of a generous world-wide community that’s always ready to share ideas, rejoice in triumphs and offer consolation for those occasional but inevitable ‘learning experiences’. The best gardening magazine for you really depends on what you want to get out of it, here’s our round up of some of the top choices. (more…)

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Dec 23

How to Grow Citrus Trees Indoors

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LemonMake an Envy-Worth Display with Them!

Growing any tree in a confined space requires a certain attention to detail and since citrus are not native to the UK you’ll need to think carefully about the temperatures they’re exposed to. It’s worth the challenge though, these trees give beautifully scented blooms through winter and lemons in particular could reward you with both fruit and flowers at Christmas. (more…)

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Dec 16

December Gardening: Some Chores Can’t Wait

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Blue tit on a bird feederGardens and gardeners alike should both take advantage of the fact that nature allows a rest at this time of year. There’s less to do in a midwinter garden than at any other time of year but the tasks that do need attending to are important. (more…)

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Dec 9

Five Traditional Christmas Plants

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Poinsettia flowersWhat are your top Christmas plants? Well, maybe the first thing that comes to mind is your Christmas tree, but we’re taking that for granted today. There are a number of other species that are traditionally used to brighten homes in the festive season, here’s a round up of our favourites: (more…)

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Dec 2

Bring the Christmas Spirit to Your Garden

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Spread the Holiday Jolly with Festive Outdoor Decorations

Christmas garden decorationDecking the halls is all very well, but how about decorating your garden this Christmas? Spread a little bit of Christmas cheer to passers-by, and make sure that by the time guests get to your front door, they’ll be in no doubt that your home is a place where the festive spirit is well and truly celebrated. (more…)

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