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Forest gardening is really getting gardeners talkin

Forest gardening, or permaculture as it's more technically known, is really getting gardeners talking.

Instead of replanting your crops annually and clearing the ground after harvesting, in forest gardens the bulk of the planting is permanent, keeping soil undisturbed. It's a sustainable way of growing that's more in tune with the natural world, and less work for you.

In forest gardening, trees, shrubs and perennials are planted in layers, mimicking th...

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What to do in the garden in June:

Flaming June and the garden is really starting to get into its stride – in fact you may have to speed up to keep up with it! Here are a few of the jobs you can be getting on with this month.

General tasks:

  • Tackle perennial weeds as soon as they appear, forking out bindweed, couch grass and ground elder by the roots.
  • Lay leaky hosepipes around the feet of your plants and link to the tap via a timer for automated w...
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More than 80% of us have a hanging basket habit

More than 80% of us have a hanging basket habit, according to new research into our favourite choices for summer bedding displays.

The survey, by seed merchants Thompson & Morgan, found red was the most popular colour for basket bedding, with nearly a quarter of hanging basket lovers using it in their display. Purple was next, with pink the third choice. Least popular were white-flowered plants. Most gardeners use two or three colours in each basket, with...

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JUNE – HTA PLANT OF THE MOMENT COLOURFUL CLEMATIS COLLECTION

From bold blooms the size of tea plates to delicate nodding bells adorning a garden arch, clematis are versatile and colourful climbers that no garden should be without. Whether left to clamber-up a trellis panel to cover walls and fences or trained over a pergola, clematis are a wonderfully diverse family with varieties to choose for flowers in every season of the year.

Large-flowered hybrids are some of the most impressive, coming into their own during the...

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Get the kids into the garden this half term

Get the kids into the garden this half term with a host of special offers, events, workshops and activities as we’re celebrating National Children’s Gardening Week this week!

Start with a visit to the garden centre here in Holt where we’ve got a packed week of fun activities to keep them busy all day, from colouring activities to plant hunts, pot painting and planting and sowing workshops where they can really get their hands dirty.

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Slug barriers at the ready: Britain’s gardens are in for an invasion this summer

Slug barriers at the ready: Britain’s gardens are in for an invasion this summer according to experts predicting an unusually high number of our least favourite gastropods.

Researchers at conservation charity Buglife have predicted that the record warm temperatures this winter means slugs have not retreated for their usual period of hibernation, but have carried on breeding instead. At the same time populations of natural predators like hedgehogs are dwindl...

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Leeks sown this spring should be a nice healthy size by now

Leeks sown this spring should be a nice healthy size by now, and it’s time to transplant them across into their final growing places. If you didn’t get around to sowing seeds, don’t worry – you’ll find ready-grown leek seedlings among the great range of veg plug plants at our garden centre here in Holt.

Instead of just plonking them in the ground, encourage them to form long, white shanks by puddling them in. This is the rather quaint name for...

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The Chelsea Flower Show starts tomorrow

Dust off your best frock – it’s time for the gardening world’s premier event of the year! The RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens this week and we can’t wait to see what the world’s best designers have come up with this year. Expect groundbreaking designs, superb plants, drama and above all glamour from the moment it starts this Tuesday.

This year peonies are set to be the stars of the show, their blowsily romantic flowers featuring on many gardens and in...

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Have a go at growing greenhouse cucumbers

Have a go at growing greenhouse cucumbers and you too can enjoy the slim, elegant, dark green cukes you buy in the shops.

Greenhouse cucumbers are easy to grow, crop prolifically, and unlike outdoor cucumbers, you don’t have to peel them before you eat them. Growing cucumbers under glass is also good insurance in case wet weather rots outdoor plants before they get going.

The seed of all-female F1 varieties such as Tiffany or Carmen are worth paying...

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The Chelsea Fringe begins at the weekend

The Chelsea Fringe begins at the weekend, a few days before its world-famous big sister, the Chelsea Flower Show, opens its doors. The Fringe offers an antidote to all that glamour with a little quirky and alternative horticulture of its own.

Last year more than 350 Fringe events took place all over the UK, plus a few other countries too. Nearly all the events are free and volunteer-run: they range from poetry recitals and art installations, to more off...

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