Archive | January, 2010

Armchair winter gardening

31. January 2010

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The sun tempted me into the garden today but the ground was absolutely solid – not much chance of any healthy digging ! Second choice was to dip into some of the wonderful gardening books that I have acquired over the years. Armchair gardening is the best way to remind myself that warmer weather will […]

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City and sea

30. January 2010

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City and sea

Have awoken to a glorious sunny day here on the South Coast. I am living two very different lives at the moment .One is a London existence where I spend most of my day in an office. At least it over looks some wonderful greenery that I get to enjoy every lunch time. If you […]

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Veg patch planning

25. January 2010

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Veg patch planning

One of the best things about growing your own veg is planning exactly what to grow and where to locate the various crops. There is such a huge choice of different crops now that is obviously quite a challenge to find room for everything. Check out this on-line system if you are at the crucial […]

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Climate change allotments bloom

18. January 2010

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Following on from my last blog , it does appear that the government are finallywaking up to the power of individuals growing their own food in their own gardens, roof-tops or any available space: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jan/04/grow-your-own-unused-land-2030 The BBC has also got behind the value of growing your own produce to combat carbon emmissions .Check out its […]

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Kew Gardens turns up the heat

11. January 2010

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Kew Gardens turns up the heat

London has seen its share of freezing temperatures this month. I am working in the capital during the week and always looking for a slice of greenery with my gardening antennae.Kew Gardens is top of my list having recieved news of their Tropical Extravaganza taking place during February. A chance to turn up the heat […]

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RHS greets an icy 2010

9. January 2010

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The UK is in the grip of a Siberian freeze with temperatures down to -20 in parts of Scotland. The RHS is particularly suffering the cold – reports suggest it that has lost its grip on the UK’s gardening pulse and is facing an extremely challenging 2010. Would love to know your thoughts on this […]

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RHS explores hardiness issues

7. January 2010

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The RHS has now closed its UK survey to find out more about how hardiness is affecting the plants that we grow. The survey asked for specific detail about how plants in your garden coped with the very cold winter of 2008/9. Results are expected soon. Last winter was the coldest UK winter for 13 […]

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New Year brings new blooms

1. January 2010

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New Year brings new blooms

I love this time of year when the hustle and hassle of Xmas is over but many people are not back to work . There is excitement mixed with anticipation about the next 12 months which creates a real buzz.I always use it to focus on positive aims and objectives that I want to achieve […]

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Lawn Calendar – January/February

1. January 2010

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This is the time of year with very little lawn maintenance as the ground will probably be wet or frosty. It is best to avoid using the lawn in these conditions as it damages easily. I read somewhere that light brushing is a good way to remove dew and surface moisture on fine lawns but […]

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