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  1. Weeds - Nature's Opportunists

    Weeds - Nature's Opportunists

    Weeds – Nature’s Opportunists

    Nature is a wonderful thing. Here we are, at the time of writing, and it’s baking hot, sunny every day and we are all flagging. Plants are getting droopy, hosepipe bans loom large and after-sun sales are out of this world. But some plants are loving it. Weeds.

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  2. CuCon18 - We're Talking Cucumbers and Plant Care in a Heatwave

    CuCon18 - We're Talking Cucumbers and Plant Care in a Heatwave

    These are testing times my gardening friends. We all endured the long dark winter and spring kind of fizzled out until, pow, we hurtled headlong straight into a proper grown up summer.

    Every morning for weeks we have had blue sky and ever strengthening sunshine. And it’s playing havoc with my greenhouse and veg.

    Each day I am plying

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  3. Watering in a Heatwave

    Watering in a Heatwave

    Watering Your Garden in a Heatwave

    It’s hot and getting hotter.

    Most people love this hot weather and revel at the thought of at least another fortnight of the stuff as ice cream sales, BBQ charcoal and Prosecco sales go through the roof. But, for me, the decline in slug activity is the main positive from this heatwave. Yep, always the gardener.

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  4. Phil's Garden Show Survival Guide

    Phil's Garden Show Survival Guide

    Phil’s Garden Show Survival Guide

    Buckle up - It’s Garden Show Time!

    We are slap bang in the middle of show season. Not village fete, crushed grass, homemade cakes and bunting type shows (they come later) but glitzy highly advertised shows such as Chelsea, Hampton Court, Gardeners’ World Live and Chatsworth. And Tatton. Something for everyone.

    But there’s

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  5. Quality Time with Children in the Garden

    Family Time in the GardenMost school children are off school for a week or two and your garden is waking up from its long, enforced cold slumbers. What a perfect opportunity to get into gardening.

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  6. Caring for Plants in the Cold - Seedlings, Shrubs and More

    The recent cold weather has taken its toll on some plants.

    I was worried for my own fresh young shoots on lupins but they seemed to have come through unscathed. I have however spotted some phormiums and yuccas that have been knocked about a bit. Time for action.

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  7. Has the Cold Taken Its Toll on Your Plants?

    Has the Cold Taken Its Toll on Your Plants?

    The recent cold weather has taken its toll on some plants. I was worried for my own fresh, young shoots of lupins but they seem to have come through unscathed. I have, however, spotted some phormiums and yuccas that have been knocked about a bit. Time for action.

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