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How to Design a Garden Pond

Like so many garden projects designing a pond requires careful planning. There are so many options to consider depending on use, size, shape, material and situation. A careful compromise of these factors will produce a pond suitable for your needs … Continue reading

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Garden Pests

Vegetable Garden Pests Seeing your vegetable crops decimated by pests can be a very disheartening sight and it can happen seemingly overnight if proper preventative methods aren’t applied. Once the garden pest or pests have been identified you can go … Continue reading

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Irrigation in the Vegetable Garden

Regular watering and sensible irrigation is essential to the development of any plant, it is crucial for healthy growth and successful fruiting. Water is drawn from the root of the plant and transported through its capillary system, transferring valuable nutrients … Continue reading

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What Is Compost?

What is compost? In gardening terms the word compost can be confusing as it can refer to garden compost you make yourself or for bags of peat compost you would purchase from a garden centre. In their essence they are … Continue reading

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Diseases in the Vegetable Garden

Perfectly healthy plants can be affected by air, water or soil borne diseases at any time. Understanding the causes, identifying them early and taking effective action will help you establish and maintain a healthy vegetable garden. Anthracnose. This is a … Continue reading

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Top Ten Garden Pests

The unwelcome garden visitors that come back every year. Here’s a rundown of who they are and how to send them away. Slugs. These garden molluscs, along with their close relative the snail, are one of the most elusive pests … Continue reading

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What type of soil do I have?

Garden soil comes in many forms depending on consistency and nutrient content. By identifying and understanding the type of soil you have you can create a workable medium suitable for cultivation. Clay soils are heavy with high moisture content and … Continue reading

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Ten Essential Tips for Gardening Beginners

1 Planning. Decide what you want to do with your vegetable garden and spend time working out the best way to achieve it. There are so many choices –fruit or vegetables, greenhouse or polytunnel, work out what suits you and … Continue reading

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Top Ten Trouble-Free Vegetable Crops for Beginners

Our list of easy to grow vegetables all have a good chance of first time success and will give you the skills you need to expand your gardening prowess. Radish. These crispy salad vegetables are quick and easy to grow. … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Gardening Ideas for Beginners

With so many available options causing confusion for novice gardeners here are some simple suggestions for anyone planning to grow vegetables. Herb Garden Preferably planted close to the kitchen, a herb garden will produce a fragrant display with something tasty … Continue reading

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