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Our Garden

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We bought this house, when it was only half built, back in 1999 and typical of new houses the garden was a mound of top soil and builders rubble. We got the builders to level the soil but it was still full of bricks, pallet wrappers etc., quite a mess really. We concentrated on getting the house sorted before thinking about the garden. At that time we didn't know too much about gardening so we decided to employ a garden designer to make sure we got the garden we wanted. We knew we wanted a conservatory building at the back of the house so we instructed the garden designer to incorporate it … [Read More...]

Our Allotment

First Prize Potatoes

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 … read more

Gardening Articles

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Give ‘The English Garden’ this Christmas

I have to admit to loving a magazine subscription .... the sound as it drops through the letterbox each month makes me jump up and eager to unwrap the package to see what exciting and interesting articles are waiting for me. You can, of course, take out a subscription yourself but it is even better when you are given one as a birthday or Christmas present. Christmas is one of the best times … read more

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Send a Tree this Christmas

What do you buy the person that has everything?  Fed up with buying the same old presents for your friends and family? If so why not send a tree as a gift? Tree2mydoor is a website I have recently discovered which sends UK grown natural trees  by post to anywhere in the UK as a special gift idea which lasts for years. You can choose from the following gifts and trees so you should have no … read more

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Take Hardwood Cuttings

Now is the time to take hardwood cuttings. Hardwood cuttings should be successful from most deciduous trees and shrubs, try buddleja, forsythia, philadelphus, ribes and roses. The best time to take the cuttings is during early and mid winter but don't take them if frost is forecast. Take a good look at your chosen tree or shrub and select a branch/shoot which is about pencil thick and is … read more

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Hozelock 4 Way Tap Connector – Review

My garden is around 15 years old so is quite well established and requires little watering, however there are three areas which I have to keep an eye on during hot weather. The three main areas are; the sunny patio containing trees and shrubs in pots, the patio nearest the house which holds my Acers and a few planting containers and a medium sized flower bed at the front of the house. In … read more

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