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How to support peas when growing?

If you are planning on growing peas this year then you will need a way to support them and allow them to climb. There are lots of options available but which will be best for you? let's have a look at some of your choices and talk about the pros and cons below.How to support peas when growing ...

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What is an F1 tomato hybrid?

If you have been studying the tomato seeds packs in your local gardening centre you will have noticed that a lot of the tomato seeds are F1 hybrids. What does this mean? What is an F1 hybrid tomato? Let's have a look and find out.What is an F1 tomato hybrid?F1 HybridsThis just means ...

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Help! My Rocket is Flowering

If you have just started to notice flowers appearing on your rocket then you may well be wondering what to do with it. Is there anything you can do or is this plant now done?Flowering RocketWhen your rocket flowers it is often referred to as bolting and is to be avoided for the most ...

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Best Tool to Remove Topsoil

If you are planning on removing some topsoil from your garden then you will want to be using the best tools possible, but what is the best too to remove topsoil?best tool to remove topsoilHard GraftThe simplest, and best, way to remove topsoil is the good old fashioned spade. You don't ...

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How Many Chilli Plants Per Pot?

If you are growing chilli's for the first time then one common question is how many chilli plants can I have per pot? Read on to find out this and more.how many chilli plants per potThe question really comes down to how big is your pot? And how much space do you have? You certainly can ...

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How much soil does grass need?

If you are laying or seeding a brand new lawn then you may be wondering how deep you need to go with your topsoil, after all, how much soil does grass need?How much soil does grass need?The answer to this question depends on a few factors, firstly what is the topsoil going onto? If it is ...

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Can Geraniums Survive Frost?

If you are growing geraniums and thinking about leaving them outside over winter then there will be one question at the forefront of your mind, can geraniums survive frost? Let's have a look and find out.can geraniums survive frostGeranium or PelargoniumThis is the main deciding factor ...

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Raised Beds, Topsoil or Compost?

When it comes to filling your raised beds up should you use topsoil or compost? And if you are using topsoil should you just dig some out of the garden or buy some bags from the shop? Let's have a look and answer all those nagging questions about filling your new raised beds.topsoil or compost ...

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Raised Beds in a Greenhouse

Welcome to the complete guide to raised beds in greenhouses, if you have a question about raised beds in greenhouses then you are likely to find the answer below!Raised Beds in a greenhouseCan you put raised beds in a greenhouse?Yes, and if you ask me you should. Raised beds allow you ...

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Raised beds from railway sleepers?

Building your raised beds from railway sleepers, is this a good idea or not? let's jump into the pros and cons of using railway sleepers for your raised beds and see whether this is the method for you!Raised Beds From railway sleepersReclaimed Railway SleepersStraight off the bat, I ...

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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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What to line raised beds with?

If you are just building or have just built a raised bed then you probably have two questions right at the front of your mind. What do you fill it with and what should I line it with. Let's have a look at the lining question right here and now and see if you even should line your raised beds, and ...

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What wood to use for raised beds?

If you are thinking of building some raised beds in your garden or allotment then you may well be wondering which wood to use. There are lots of different options out there at varying price points, but what works best for raised beds? What wood should you use for raised beds?what wood to use ...

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Really simple raised bed build

If you are looking for a really simple and easy way to build a raised bed quickly with just basic tools then this guide is for you.Really simple raised bed buildThis is a really simple but effective way of building raised beds using basic equipment. I will be using a drill, handsaw and ...

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How to string grow tomatoes in a greenhouse

One popular method of growing tomatoes in a greenhouse has them growing up a string suspended from the roof, but how do you do this? Let's jump in and have a look.how to string grow tomatoes in a greenhouseHow to grow tomatoes up a stringGrowing tomatoes up a string is not a new idea ...

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When to plant Fuchsias?

If you are growing fuchsia for the first time then one question you will certainly have is when to plant fuchsia? Should you plant in spring, summer or autumn? Let's have a look and find out.when to plant fuchsiasWhen to plant Fuchsias?If you are planting a hardy fuchsia that will stay ...

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How to make a wigwam for sweet peas

When growing sweet peas you need some sort of support structure for them to grow up. Wigwams are a great choice and both look good in the garden and provide plenty of support for sweet peas to grow up. I will show you a quick and easy way to make a wigwam for sweet peas below.how to make a ...

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Why do Fuchsia leaves turn red?

If you are growing Fuchsia then you may have noticed something curious that can sometimes happen to their leaves, sometimes they turn red. But why do Fuchsia leaves turn red? Let's have a look and find out exactly what is going on.why do fuchsia leaves turn redSo, why do Fuchsia leaves ...

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Do weed pullers work?

If you are looking for an easy way to weed your garden or allotment then you have probably looked at weed pullers. But do these nifty garden gadgets actually work, do weed pullers work? Let's have a look and find out.Fiskars Xact Weed PullerDo weed pullers work?Yes, they do. I have ...

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Can you use Rose Clear on Tomatoes?

Aphids can be a real pain when growing tomatoes. Those little sap sucking monsters can wreak all kinds of havoc on your toms if you aren't paying close attention. But if you are looking closely and have started to notice an aphid intrusion then you will be wondering how best to deal with it. If ...

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Can you use Rose Clear on Strawberries?

If you have some Rose Clear lying around you may well be wondering what other plants you can use it on. For example, if you see something munching on your strawberries you may well be wondering can you use rose clear on strawberries? Let's have a look and find out.Can You Use Rose Clear on ...

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Stanley Fatmax Cordless Strimmer Review

At the start of the year I found myself in need of a new strimmer for the allotment, my old Hyundai petrol one having given up the ghost. I had decided to go cordless this time, due to a couple of factors: weight and the ever-rising price of fuel being two of the biggest ones.But which ...

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When do Fuchsias Flower in the UK?

Fuchsia are a gardener's favourite in the UK. They are so loved in fact that you are probably counting down the days until they bloom. But when do Fuchsias flower in the UK? Let's have a look and find out exactly when you can expect to see those first gorgeous blooms.White FuchsiaWhen do ...

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When to Prune Fuchsia in the UK

If you want to get the most out of your fuchsia plant and keep those gorgeous blooms coming back year after year then you will need to prune it. But when to prune fuchsia if you live in the UK? There's lots of advice out there on the big wide web, but most of it is not suitable for us UK ...

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Fiskars Xact Weed Puller Review

Quality, that's what this weed puller says to me as soon as I pick it up. It just feels well built, which is a nice change compared to a lot of modern gardening equipment. We seem to be stuck in a never-ending race to the bottom in terms of price, and unfortunately, quality. But this Fiskars tool ...

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Can Lupins self-seed?

If you are growing or planning on growing lupins in your garden then you may well be wondering what happens if you let the seeds fall from the flowers without getting rid of them. Will new lupins grow? Can lupins self-seed? Let's have a look and find out.Yellow lupinsCan lupins self-seed? ...

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How far apart to plant lupins?

If you are just putting some lupins into your garden and have already found the perfect spot then you might have one other question on your mind. How far apart to plant your lupins? Let me help you out and provide some advice gathered from my years growing lupins.Gorgeous LupinsHow far ...

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Do lupins like sun or shade?

So you want to add some lupins to your garden but you are still not sure on the spot? One question you obviously have is do lupins like sun or shade? Well, I have a lot of experience growing lupins so let me help you out and answer that question for you below.Yellow lupinsDo lupins like ...

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Do lupins need full sun?

If you are planning on growing lupins in your garden then you may already be picking out a spot for them. One question you will have though is do lupins need full sun? well, let's have a look and inf out exactly how much sun lupins need.Purple LupinsDo lupins need full sun?No, lupins ...

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Can I use rose clear on lupins?

Aphids on lupins are a real common problem and one that sometimes needs chemical intervention to cure. There are lots of insecticides that can work well on lupins but if you have some rose clear sitting around then you may well be asking if you can use rose clear on lupins, well let's have a look ...

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Will slugs eat lupins?

If you have a slug problem in your garden and you are planning on growing lupins then you will want to know if slugs will eat lupins? Let's have a look and find out!Yellow lupinsWill slugs eat lupins?Yes, slugs absolutely love lupins and will munch away on them. Large lupins won't be ...

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Do lupins die in winter?

Lupins provide a gorgeous display over the summer, but they then start to die back in the winter and can disappear altogether. But do lupins die in winter or is there something else going on? Let's find out.Lupins in bloomDo lupins die in winter?Lupins die back in winter but the plant ...

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What colours do lupins come in?

Lupins can be a great addition to any garden border and can even be grown in pots. But if you are thinking of adding them to your garden then you may well be wondering what colours do lupins come in? Let's have a look and find out exactly what colours you can get these popular perennials in....

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What are the white bugs on my lupins?

If you are enjoying growing and having lupins in your garden then you will be on guard against any potential bugs that might attack them. And if you are paying close attention you may have noticed some little white bugs on your lupins. What are these white bugs and what does it mean for your ...

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Why do lupins change colour?

Lupins are a fantastic perennial flower to grow in the garden and some growers think they have noticed something very unusual about them, the flowers like to change colour. But why do lupins change colour? Let's have a look and find out exactly what is going on and work out if lupins do change ...

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Can lupins be moved?

If the spot you chose for your lupins isn't quite right then you will be thinking of moving them. but is this possible? Can lupins be moved without killing the plant? Let's have a look and find out.Lupins in bloomCan you move lupins?Yes, you can move lupins. You need to do it at the ...

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Can lupins be overwatered?

Growing lupins can be a real treat for all gardeners. But if you are new to growing lupins then you will undoubtedly have numerous questions, questions such as can lupins be overwatered? Well, let's jump in and have a look, I have tonnes of experience growing lupins over the years so let me help ...

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When to move lupins?

If you have made the decision to rearrange your garden and move your precious lupins to a different spot then you need to make sure you do it at the right time. But what is the right time to move lupins? Let me help you out.Lupins in bloomWhen to move lupinsI strongly advocate for ...

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Why are my lupins dying?

Lupins are a great perennial flower and are loved by gardeners up and down the country. So loved in fact that if they start dying off you will rightly be very worried. So with that in mind let's have a look at some of the more common reasons to explain why your lupins are dying, and more ...

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Why are my lupins drooping?

Lupins are a gorgeous plant and a favourite of many gardeners, so if yours are drooping or looking a little sickly then you will want to address any issues immediately. So with that in mind let's have a look at some of the more common reasons as to why your lupins might be drooping.Reasons for ...

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When to cut back lupins?

When summer is over and autumn begins it is time to start thinking about cutting back your lupins, but when is the right time to cut back lupins? Let's have a look and find out.Cutback or Deadhead?These are two different terms that mean different things. You should be deadheading your ...

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Where to plant lupins?

Lupins are a gorgeous plant and a fine addition to any garden. But, they do grow to be quite large, so finding the perfect spot for them is highly advised. So with that in mind, where should you plant lupins?Planting ConditionsLupins aren't particularly fussy plants. They can deal with ...

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When to plant lupins?

Ahh lupins, the cottage garden favourite. These plants seem to be a staple of British gardens despite originally hailing from the Mediterranean. They seem to thrive in our conditions and the flowering spikes are truly beautiful.If you are planning to grow your own lupins from seed or from ...

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How big do lupins grow?

If you are thinking of growing lupins in your garden then you will want to know how much space they take up. Do you have enough room or will you need to create space? To start with you will need to know how big do lupins grow? Well, I have quite a bit of experience growing lupins so have created ...

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What is eating my lupins?

Lupins are a British garden favourite, but unfortunately, they are also a favourite of various pests. If you notice something eating your lupins you will need to work out what is eating them before you can fix the problem, so with this in mind I have created this guide to some of the more common ...

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