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Binoculars at the ready: Big Garden Birdwatch

Binoculars at the ready: the annual Big Garden Birdwatch kicks off this weekend, when gardeners and wildlife lovers get outside to paint a nationwide picture of the state of our garden birds.

The Big Garden Bird Watch

The initiative, run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, is now the world’s biggest wildlife survey. Last year more than 519,000 people counted an incredible 8,262,662 birds. Their findings have helped build up a detailed...

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Plant a Hedge

Set off your flowers to perfection by planting a hedge this month. Filtering out the wind can turn a garden from windswept hillside to cosy flower haven; hedges also provide homes for wildlife and soften boundaries to a gentle green that’s the ideal backdrop for brightly-coloured perennials. Choose from deciduous hedges which drop their leaves in winter, such as elegant native beech or hornbeam; sturdy evergreens like yew for year-round shelter; or for a more natu...

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Ireland’s snowdrop season is about to begin

Ireland’s snowdrop season is about to begin, with gardeners all over the country itching to see the first shy white flowers opening their slender petals from this month onwards.

Snowdrop Season

Ireland is famous for its snowdrop collections, with some of the finest to be seen anywhere opening to visitors throughout early spring. The biggest and best of the snowdrop festivals is held at Altamont

Gardens in Co. Carlow, which has been building...

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The RHS wants to know how you feel about front gardens

The RHS wants to know how you feel about front gardens – and you could help contribute to research into the therapeutic effects of a little greenery outside the front door.

The nation’s front gardens are disappearing at an alarming rate: more than 4.5 million contain no plants, and a quarter are now totally paved over. But there’s been little research into the impact that is having. Now RHS-sponsored PhD student Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui of the Univers...

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Are you proud of your garden?

Are you proud of your garden? Then children’s hospice charity Greenfingers wants to hear from you.

Greenfingers Charity

The charity would like as many garden owners as possible to open their gates to visitors during 2017 and help them raise money towards their work providing gardens for children and their families staying in hospices.

If friends and family regularly admire your garden, it’s likely others will enjoy visiting it too. Don’t...

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The humble garden gnome is under threat

The humble garden gnome is under threat, according to a new survey which found gnomes are a top target for thieves.

Garden Gnomes Need Your Help!

Four out of five gnome-owning households have lost at least one resident to gnome-nappers in the last five years, with the north of England a particular blackspot for unexplained disappearances. In the north-east, the average owner has lost nearly four gnomes in the last five years. The safest places for gn...

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January – HTA Plant of the Moment - Create a winter wonderland

Add the wow factor to your winter garden with striking plants that look their best right now. Whether you’d like to fill your borders with hardy shrubs covered with fragrant flowers, clad a fence or archway with colour, or plant a small flowering tree to create a focal point, you’ll find a great range of seasonal stunners in garden centres this month.

While a coating of frost or snow creates temporary magical moments, unifying our gardens with its icy fro...

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Grow super-early potatoes

Grow super-early potatoes by starting a few tubers in a potato sack about now under cover for a tasty treat ready weeks earlier than those you’ll be planting outside in March.

Grab a Pack of Seed Potatoes

You’ll need a couple of potato sacks, multipurpose compost and potato fertiliser from our garden centre here in Holt, plus a pack of our super-early seed potatoes: varieties like ‘Rocket’ and ‘Swift’ are known for being really quick to r...

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Gardening trends for 2017

Gardening trends for 2017 include indoor ‘windowsill’ veg growing, growing with wildlife in mind, and metallic colour tones, according to the annual Grow 365 trends analysis from the Garden Media Group.

What to do in the Garden in 2017

Indoor gardening now includes hi-tech solutions like aquaponics and hydroponics to give the growing population of indoor growers living in cities with no outdoor space, a chance of real success in growing their own...

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What to do in the garden in January

There’s no denying that January can be a bracing month in the garden – but it’s also the start of an exciting new season, and there’s plenty to get on with outdoors.

General tasks:

Lag outdoor taps with bubble-wrap insulation or hessian to prevent damage in freezing weather.

Remove snow from the roofs of greenhouses and polytunnels to prevent it building up and damaging the structures.

Ornamental gardens:

Feed Christmas...

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