phil mccann

  1. Garden Show Exhibits – How can we encourage children to take part?

    Garden Show Exhibits – How can we encourage children to take part?

    Changing Trends at our Local Horticultural Garden Show

    I am privileged to be a member of our local horticultural society committee and the last meeting included a line on the agenda saying ‘review the autumn show.’ So,

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  2. How Not to be an Annoying Neighbour

    How Not to be an Annoying Neighbour

    Neighbours who get on your nerves

    A recent survey revealed (revealed!) we are all annoyed by our neighbours.

    The reasons are varied, but the most common is spending too much time in the garden and this

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  3. Goodbye, Summer; Hello, Autumn!

    Goodbye, Summer; Hello, Autumn!

    Our garden expert, Phil McCann, is feeling reflective as we begin the transition between the seasons. Here he explores how he feels as the seasons turn, what he will miss and what he is looking forward to. How are you feeling

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  4. Assessing Your Garden Post Summer

    Assessing Your Garden Post Summer

    Take Stock of Your Garden Successes and Failures

    I know that New Year is the traditional time to stop and re-evaluate everything in your life but I reckon now, as summer ends, is also an ideal time to stop all that

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  5. Death of the Pumpkin

    Death of the Pumpkin

    The pumpkin has gone.

    Not stolen or misplaced (no one could accidently lose that beast) but ...died.

    Everything was going well until two days ago.

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  6. A Nasty Allergen Every Veg Grower Needs to Know About

    A Nasty Allergen Every Veg Grower Needs to Know About

    Danger in the Vegetable Plot

    The wonderful thing about gardening is that we all learn something new every day. And for your own safety, my current lesson needs to be heard by all.

    If you grow celery, parsnips,

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  7. Growing a Pumpkin - A Tale of Obsession

    Growing a Pumpkin - A Tale of Obsession

    A Tale of Obsession

    What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up? Mine is ‘the pumpkin.’ My family have given up on me; they despair at the time I spend simply staring at the developing fruit.

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  8. Garden Surival Tips After a Heatwave and High Winds

    Garden Surival Tips After a Heatwave and High Winds

    Garden Survival Tips After a Heatwave and High Winds

    The heatwave has done it’s worst (for now) and after the weekend’s rain and wind, the garden needs picking up and putting right. But your outdoor space is

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  9. 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

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  10. The Birds and the Bees... in the Garden

    The Birds and the Bees... in the Garden

    The Birds and the Bees

    This is about the birds and the bees – the real birds and bees. The actual flying and buzzing kind. And more specifically the ones in my greenhouse. I haven't opened an aviary or apiary; i

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