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Great RHS Veg Challenge

30. April 2011

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Great RHS Veg Challenge

All over the UK gardeners are busy planting seeds, veg plants and getting excited about the prospect of looking after and harvesting their plants over the next few months. It has been a great start to the growing season this year with record sunshine and warmth – lets just pray for some rain in the […]

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Royal Wedding Trees and Garden Parties

30. April 2011

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Royal Wedding Trees and Garden Parties

The beautiful trees that Kate and William chose to make Westminster Abbey look greener and connected to nature will be on display until 6th May before they are taken to Highgrove to be planted. http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/blog/2011/April/26/Floral-Displays-in-the-Abbey-and-Buckingham-Palace After the nationalistic excess of the past few days it is great to get back into the garden and catch […]

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Will 2011 be hot enough for growing melons?

25. April 2011

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Will 2011 be hot enough for growing melons?

The recent hot weather has inspired me to invest in a melon plant from my local nursery . With no greenhouse but a very sunny south facing wall and a very thick glass cloche I am being perhaps a touch optmisitic but felt like a challenge. Anyone had success with growing melons over the past […]

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The Grow Your Own Show

16. April 2011

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The Grow Your Own Show

To capitalis on the interest in growing veggies there is  a new event, The Grow Your Own Show which takes place on 1st/2nd May in Guildford. “The Grow Your Own Show is totally, passionately and exclusively focused on cultivating, cooking and eating homegrown, local and organic produce,” says Event Director Diane Clifford. “Our tag line […]

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Third of UK to grow their own in 2011

13. April 2011

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Third of UK to grow their own in 2011

As many as 37 per cent of UK adults have said they would grow half, or more, of all the produce they needed this summer, either in their own gardens, allotments or even window boxes. It also appears that  the demand for allotments has increased with the average waiting list now 59 people per 100 […]

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Rocket Garden veggies

3. April 2011

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Rocket Garden veggies

I am busy planting seeds now the weather is warmer and the days are longer  – all great fun but with mixed results so check out these ready made vegetable plants from Rocket Gardens in Cornwall if you have neither the time or inclination to wait for seeds to germinate. A Rocket Garden is a […]

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Londoners dig it

1. April 2011

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Londoners dig it

London’s urban gardeners are growing. And it seems that size does not matter – it is more about being in touch with the soil and getting back to sourcing our own food. Everything from guerilla gardening to aerial/rooftop gardens and, even on the smallest of balconies or in window boxes, it appears that Londoners are […]

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Spring is sprung!

20. March 2011

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Spring is sprung!

Its gardening time again! Thousands of gardeners are stirring and millions of seeds are being planted. Here are some specialist seed companies for inspiration: Would love to know any YOU have discovered? Buy seeds Lettuce, aubergine and other Italian delights http://www.seedsofitaly.com/catalogue/4 Heirloom Tomatoeshttp://www.localharvest.org/store/heirloom-tomato-seeds.jsp – USA Carrots http://www.simplyseed.co.uk/carrot-seeds/carrot-seeds-chatenay-red-core.html Beans and brasicas http://www.realseeds.co.uk/beans.html Unusual ideas http://www.suffolkherbs.com/kolist/1/SPROUTING+SEEDS Organic […]

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Super Moon planting

19. March 2011

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Super Moon planting

Tonight the moon will be the closest it has been to the earth for almost 20 years. I had a great view of it last night walking through St James Park in London  as it hovered over the Blue lights of the Wheel and the  face of Big Ben casting its energy over the nodding […]

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Bombs of Seeds

18. March 2011

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Bombs of Seeds

Lets not talk of war in Libya rather turn our attention to  creating beauty in abandoned spaces by throwing flower bombs of seeds. Our planet is a precious organism that needs our help to survive and we need to wake up to this responsibility. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_bombing Here are examples from Guerilla Gardening of the sorts of […]

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