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  • dicentra
  • FloweringQuince
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  • Hibiscus
  • Acer-shirasawanum-Aureum
  • BluePoppy
  • camelia580
  • cornuspods
  • dicentra
  • FloweringQuince
  • forgetmenot
  • giantsnowdrop
  • Hibiscus


First Prize Potatoes

Allotment Progress in Pictures

A photographic diary of the progress on our Allotment in Knotty Ash, Liverpool.   August 2014 Well, it's that time of year again! Saturday saw the 2014 Ashfield Allotments Flower and Vegetable Show and we entered 21 classes, including Jams & Chutneys and Photography. When it came to the day we were disappointed in some of our produce but in the end we did quite well. We got four first prizes, four second prizes and one third prize. July 2014 It is now early July and we have had our first harvest of potatoes. I think the labels … ...

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The Pros and Cons of Using Softened Water in Garden Maintenance

So you are considering a softened water system or you have already installed one in your home. You might be asking yourself if this treated water, while great for reducing scaling in your water pipes or lessening your need for heavy detergents, is a safe and effective alternative for watering garden plants. The following information will help you determine a system that works best for your home and your happy, healthy garden. Some Benefits of Softened Water Hard water causes pipe build-up known as scale. Installing softened water increases the efficiency of water flow, potentially … ...

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Gardening Law

Your neighbours tree is hanging over your fence and drops leaves into your pond every year; can you cut off the offending branches or do you have to ask your neighbour? This is just one question answered by our legal eagle Solicitor Howard Cornes. Take a look at his articles to find our what you legally can and cannot do in your own garden:   Trees And Hedges Prove To Be A Real Nuisance -1 – Trespass Trees And Hedges Prove To Be A Real Nuisance -2 – Nuisance Trees And Hedges Prove To Be A Real Nuisance - 3- Rights to Light Trees And Hedges Prove To Be A Real Nuisance - … ...

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Jobs to do in September

Flower/Plants Prune rambling roses Cut back perennials once they have finished flowering Collect seed from perennials and store in a cool place Take cuttings of lavender Cut everlasting flowers and seed heads for use in indoor arrangements Fruit/Vegetables Plant out rooted strawberry runners into new beds Sow outdoors: hardy spring onions, lettuces, salads and Chinese cabbages Sow parsley in pots for picking in winter Plant out Japanese onion sets and garlic Cut down raspberry canes once they have finished cropping Greenhouse Pick off the lower leaves … ...

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Plant of the Month for September – Japanese Anemone

Our plant of the month for September is Japanese Anemone. Japanese Anemone are beautiful plants, are very easy to grow and flower their heads off from August through to the frosts. During September they are at their best when there are few other plants around. The Gardening Register has two varieties in the garden Anemone 'September Charm' and Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'. Honorine Jobert has been in for nearly ten years now and it never ceases to amaze me every year. September Charm was planted last autumn so this is it's first true flowering season. The plants need to bulk up a bit before … ...

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Creating a Natural Wildlife-Friendly Garden Environment

Creating a garden that is a little more accessible to the local wildlife isn’t a difficult task but does take a little planning. One of the simplest ways to provide a safe and animal-friendly garden is to recreate a garden that emulates a natural wildlife habitat. Water attractions are vital A garden that has some form of water attraction such as small ponds that can be used as bird baths will be an attraction for the local wildlife. Ponds with shallow waters are ideal for birds to bathe in and drink from. Ponds also attract the insects that birds feed on and are a natural home to … ...

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Plantpal Watering Globe – Review

I came across this product whilst looking for ideas to keep my house plants watered while away on holiday. I have seen similar self-watering products in garden centres over the years and have actually tried the ornate glass versions but this promised unique technology which provides self-watering for up to a fortnight. It claims that water is only released from the globe when the soil becomes dry and therefore when the plant needs it most. Here are the instructions on the box: Dip the capillary wick at the bottom of the cone in water for a few seconds until it is moist Fill the … ...