Monthly Archives: July 2016

  1. How to get started with a balcony garden

    There’s a certain satisfaction that comes being surrounded by plants you have nurtured and helped thrive. But what if you live in an apartment without a garden? Balcony gardening allows you to still experience the rewards of growing your own plants and even your own food. Balcony gardening is a popular pastime for those who love to garden but have limited space.

    Where do you start?

    Firstly, it’s important to check out the practicalities. Are there any restrictions in your building about how you use your balcony? You don’t want to be annoying landlords or neighbours. Do you know how much weight your balcony can bear? Pots of soil can become heavy.

    Then it’s time to assess the micro-climate of your balcony. How much sun does it get each day? Is there an overhang from the balcony above which will affect light or access to rain? Wind is also important to consider. Details like these and which way your balcony faces will all affect which

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  2. The must-attend gardening events this summer

    Make the most of the last days of summer by attending one of the superb garden shows and events around the country. From Royal Horticultural Society grand gardening affairs to National Trust activity days, there is something for everyone.

    Gardening events this summer

    Tatton Flower Show

    One of the highlights in the Royal Horticultural Society’s calendar is the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. Held at Tatton Park in Knutsford, Cheshire, the show runs from Wednesday 20th July to Sunday 24th July. It opens at 10 am each morning and closes at 6.30pm with the exception of Sunday when there will be a plant sell-off at 4pm before an earlier closing time of 5pm.

    The Tatton Flower Show offers you the best of inspirational gardening. This year you can experience the new Evolution Garden category for futuristic design. Meanwhile, the Water Garden category returns this year alongside the Back Garden category for those of you with smaller gardens.

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