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  • Hot summer gardening

    Whether you’re a true sun-worshipper or prefer things a little cooler, none of us can fail to notice the effects of this long, hot summer on the parks and gardens all around us. Normally lush, verdant lawns are now arid and dappled with brown patches—but don’t panic, they’ll recover once they’ve had a few good drinks in the autumn rain.

    Published at: 17-08-2017
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  • Plant hydration for containers

    Of all the plants in your garden, container-grown plants are among the most vulnerable. Restricted to the soil that is contained by their pots, their roots cannot branch out in search of more water or nutrients than is in their immediate vicinity. This means that the soil can easily end up dry and depleted unless you feed and water your containers well. The good news, however, is that if you give your container-grown plants just a little bit of TLC now, most summer annuals will keep flowering right through to autumn.

    Published at: 10-08-2017
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  • Science of water

    Water is one of the essential building blocks of life. Yet, while water is essential for all living things, it is especially essential for plants, since they use, and consist of, far more water than animals. Human bodies, for example, are a measly 60% water compared with the whopping 90% that constitutes most plants. Furthermore, water is at the heart of many of the essential processes that keep plants alive and well. In this blog, I take a look at three of the crucial roles that water plays in plants and offer a solution for keeping your plants watered with minimal hassle.

    Published at: 22-07-2017
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  • Water for wildlife

    As far as supporting wildlife in your garden goes, there’s nothing more simple or effective than providing a steady supply of fresh water. This modest step will help all sorts of beneficial wildlife—from birds to hedgehogs, butterflies to bees—especially during a summer as hot and dry as the one we’ve been having in the UK. In this post, I focus on the importance of providing fresh water for birds and hedgehogs in your garden. If you’re lucky, these delightful creatures will also helpfully gulp down a few slugs, snails and caterpillars while they’re there!

    Published at: 22-07-2017
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  • Allotment care

    There’s nothing more important when you’re growing your own fruit and veg than keeping everything well-watered – and the recent heatwave has been quite a challenge for gardeners and growers up and down the country.

    Published at: 20-07-2017
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