The Garden
Why use raised beds?

If you are thinking of using raised beds in your garden or allotment then you will be wondering what advantage they give you over gardening straight into the ground. So let me give you some of the benefits of raised beds and why you should or shouldn't use raised beds.why use raised beds...

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Can lupins be grown in pots?

The simple answer is yes they can, and they commonly are. You can grow lupins from seed and then transplant the seedlings into a 10cm pot to establish themselves before potting them onto something larger.Once your Lupin's roots are starting to show at the bottom of their seedling pot it is ...

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Greenfly on lupins

Lupins are a beautiful flower that you will find in many British gardens. A staple of British cottage gardens, famed for both their height and colour. While adored by gardeners they are as equally loved by aphids, and you can soon find yourself with an infestation.Read on to find out how to ...

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Are Lupins Poisonous?

LupinsLupins are a beautiful flower that you will find in many British gardens. Lupins are a staple of British cottage gardens, famed for both their height and colour. Originally hailing from the Mediterranean they are a perennial that will greet you with a gorgeous display year after year. ...

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When do lupins flower?

If this is one of your first seasons growing lupins then you will inevitably be anxious to see your first beautiful flower spikes, but when do lupins start flowering? Well, it can vary a little depending on a few different circumstances, so let's find out below! When do lupins flower? Lupins can ...

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Sowing Grass Seed on a Existing Lawn

Adding more lawn seed to an existing lawn is commonly known as overseeding, this garden practice is one of the key steps to achieving a lush green lawn. Sowing grass seed on an existing lawn helps to fill in dead or poor growing patches. It also helps to make your lawn greener as well as fight of ...

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How long do Lupins flower for?

If you are currently enjoying some gorgeous lupin blooms in your garden then you will have one prominent question on your mind, how long do lupins flower for? Then as soon as you ask this another question will come straight to mind, can I make them flower for longer? Let me help you out with both ...

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Can you cut wet grass?

We've all been there, the grass is getting wrong, but the British weather keeps letting you down. Rain, rain and more rain. The question will have no doubt cross your mind, can I just cut it anyway? Can you cut wet grass? Well, like most things in gardening the answer isn't a simple yes or no, it ...

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Killing horsetail with fire

Horsetail is a serious pest; it always seems to find a way to come back. This invasive, deep routed weed can spread quickly and grow back year after year, even after extensive use of weed killers. Horsetail has rhizomes which live undergrowth then send up quick growing green shoots which crowd out ...

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Can you grow potatoes in winter?

The short answer is yes; you can grow potatoes in winter here in the UK. To grow potatoes in winter you need to select the right varieties and grow them in either a heated greenhouse, insulated cold frame or indoors. It's not quite that simple though so make sure you read our guide to ensure your ...

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My Favourite Pond Plants

Ponds can become a key feature of any garden, but to really get a pond looking its best you need the right plants. Planting out a pond can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't need to be. Here I will guide you through some of my favourite pond plants. If you are just creating your first pond ...

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What plants grow well in acidic soil

Acidic soil is usually caused by an abundance of decaying material, for this reason, forest floors usually contain very acidic soil. The best way to test the pH level of your soil is by using a soil testing kit. The more acidic your soil the fewer plants will grow well there. In general, most ...

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How to change your soils pH level

The pH of the soil is the value given to how acidic or alkaline your soil is. If you can remember back to high school science pH is on a scale of 0-14 0 = most acidic 7 = neutral and 14= most alkaline.Your soils pH level can have a massive impact on plant growth, some plants will thrive in ...

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Gardening With Kids – 7 Top Tips!

Use Quick Sprouting Seeds We all know how easily distracted young children can be, they don't have the patience to wait months to finally see some seed growth. That's why quick sprouting seeds are a great way to get children interested in gardening. They can see results quickly without too much ...

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