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How To Make a Decorative Wreath From Wisteria Strands

Earlier this week I pruned the wisteria on the south-facing wall of my home by cutting back the whippy growths, made during the summer, to two or three buds from the main stem.  I’ll prune again in July. After pruning, this left me … Continue reading

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Grafting Mistletoe onto Apple Trees and Pruning Tree Peonies

One of my favourite christmas rituals is hanging sprigs of mistletoe!!!  We’ve recently acquired a small cider orchard, so this year I’m keen to grow my own!  I’ve used the mistletoe left over from christmas to graft onto my tree, … Continue reading

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Growing Heavy Cropping Peas, Broccoli, Russian Tarragon, Dill And Wild Rocket From Seed

I’m a “real grown your own” fanatic, but sometimes in life things don’t quite go according to plan!  In early May I planted broccoli and wild rocket in my veg patch and waited patiently for my seeds to burst into … Continue reading

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Planting Out Seedling Courgettes, Tumbling Tom Tomatoes and Harvesting First Swift potatoes

This Spring I had every good intention of growing my own courgettes from seed, but time ran away with me.  Luckily, this week I went to a fabulous early summer fayre and bought two healthy courgette plants. Last year I planted my … Continue reading

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Hooray For Hanging Baskets!

For maximum wow factor in a confined space it’s hard to beat the trusty hanging basket.  This week, I’ve been busy preparing hanging baskets ready to house gorgeous pink Busy Lizzies (Impatiens), cascading pink, white and purple “Sweetie” Sweet Peas and succulent Tumbling Tom … Continue reading

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Planting Hydrangeas And Sowing First Swift Potatoes

The most magnificent hydrangeas I’ve ever seen are in the gardens of Cornwall, where the climate and soil type are perfect for these beautiful flowers to thrive. Unfortunately,  I live at the foot of the South Downs where the soil isn’t conducive to … Continue reading

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Pruning Roses

Yes, I know Alan Titchmarsh says don’t prune rose bushes until mid-March, but with this warm, wet weather, if I hadn’t attacked my rose bushes pdq, we were fast in danger of becoming engulfed by triffid like rose bushes, not seen since the … Continue reading

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