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Top 5 things to store for your winter supply

When the colder days approach, along with harsher weather conditions and the garden goes to sleep for a short time, you may want to stay home some days in the warm with your feet up and watch a movie. It does mean, however, that you will need to think ahead to what food you will need over the winter months that you can gather from the garden or allotment now. This is a great time of year to start storing lots of fresh food to use up the produce you’ve grown and still enjoy it all winter long. 

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How to make a bee-friendly garden?

Bees are big news these days, and we all know how much we need them. But what with climate change, pesticide use, disease and loss of habitat, bees face a lot of challenges at the moment. Luckily, there are plenty of things we can do as gardeners to make life better for our bees.

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Home trend: growing Ivy indoors

It’s so easy growing Ivy indoors with little care needs and so many varieties to choose from, you can really play with where you grow Ivy in the home and also the different pots and ways to display it. Since Ivy is so versatile, it can be grown in any room indoors and in plenty of fun ways to soften room decor and be aesthetically very pleasing. Whilst some people prefer not to grow it outside as it can take over, Ivy is actually a great source of food and shelter for wildlife so it’s an essential plant for both inside and outside. 

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3 x cosy summer night DIY ideas

We have some cool DIY ideas for cosy summer nights. If it has been really hot outside, it is great to cool down during the evening or if the weather has taken a turn for the worse there is nothing like being indoors and creating something fun for yourself or your family and friends to enjoy outside when the weather warms up.

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Garden plant of the moment: Eucalyptus 

Evergreen foliage, gorgeous silvery leaves, and attractive peeling bark – three great reasons to love the eucalyptus. Native to Australia, this fast-growing evergreen tree looks great in any garden. 

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National Allotment Week

This year National Allotment Week is all about celebrating the Shared Harvest from our plots. Allotments holders are often overrun with produce throughout the growing season and especially towards the end of the summer. After as much cooking and freezing possible, anything leftover can be shared with others from family and friends to charitable causes. This year that’s what its all about. 

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How to make a bird-friendly garden

Making our gardens more bird-friendly doesn’t only make us feel good; it helps birds too. With many of our most well-loved garden birds becoming scarce as their habitat disappears, we need to do everything we can to help. 

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What to do in the garden in August?

August means holidays, and long summer days lounging in the sun. As the early summer blooms fade, there’s a natural pause in the flower garden before the glowing colours of late summer and autumn appear. In the vegetable garden, on the other hand, things are humming, with fruit and veg ripening everywhere you look. 

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Tips for watering the garden during summer

Watering the garden during summer can be quite a task, especially if the weather is particularly hot and dry for long spells. If you are growing on sandy soil it can be very hard to retain moisture and if you are growing in containers they can dry out really quickly in hot weather. Watering is essential to keep gardens thriving and as the climate changes and warms up throughout the year, rainwater collection and planting for dryer environments will become very important. 

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Guide to feeding your lawn

Our guide to expertly feed your lawn will help you no matter what condition your lawn is currently in. If you have a lawn that is looking tired, brown patches or weeds there is no need to despair because with some TLC and knowledge you can make it look lush and green in no time. If you have a beautiful lawn already, you will want to keep it as green and healthy as possible so you can mow those perfect stripes in. You will need to feed your lawn to ensure it keeps growing well and at the same time you can be on the lookout for diseases or pests - no one wants a mole to destroy the lawn! The little and often approach is the best way to keep on top of the growing lawn and makes it easier to maintain.

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