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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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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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How to Get the Perfect Balance of Practicality and Kerb Appeal for Your Garden

Why do some people stress out how their front garden looks, but let their back garden grow wild? If you’re selling your property, one is as important as the other. And although a certain degree of kerb appeal is required to achieve the true value of your property, your garden landscaping doesn’t have to be the exact replica of your next-door neighbour’s. Be creative and incorporate a variety of … read more

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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 … read more

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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 … read more