Your own New Potatoes for Christmas?

Late Planting or Christmas potatoes as they are commonly known are planted late-June or July to produce that “new potato” taste late in the season.

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Summer Roses

More Summer Roses?

Summer roses are still one of the most popular garden plants in the UK. gone are the days, for most of us, of long beds of the same variety of roses & with the introduction of new varieties including the great English Roses from David Austin roses are more often...
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Bring Butterflies into your Garden

Bring in the Butterflies! © Adam Pasco Media Photo - Peacock butterfly on Butterfly Bush (Buddleja) Add a new dimension to your garden displays by not only planting colourful flowers you can enjoy throughout the year, but ones that will bring in the butterflies too. A...
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Garden Basics – Water, Food & Light.

Garden plants need 3 things to thrive Water Food Light If any of these three are short or missing your garden won't look it's best. This is really well illustrated with a summer hanging basket. Your newly grown or bought plants are planted in compost which is held...
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Ask the expert

The expert team is lead by Neil Grant who is also BBC Radio Sheffield  garden expert.  In our daily team we always have the expertise here to answer your questions and give advice. Listen to Neil every Sunday morning from 9 on BBC Radio Sheffield. 

More Summer Roses?

Summer roses are still one of the most popular garden plants in the UK. gone are the days, for most of us, of long beds of the same variety of roses & with the introduction of new varieties including the great English Roses from David Austin roses are more often...

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What to plant now – mid summer

Mid summer : The beauty of mid summer is that you can almost plant anything in your garden now as long as you can water enough & regularly, like daily. The range of colourful plants, especially Hardy Perennials (as we call them) or sometimes known as cottage...

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Successful Patio Gardening – Summer

A summer patio, terrace or deck overflowing with summer flowers is loved by everyone. All too often the lovely fresh & strong growing plants run out of steam, may become insect ridden & diseased leading to disappointment. The same rules for healthy plants...

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Easter Lawn Care

You’ve few days off, it might be warming up and dry enough to get out into your garden properly for the first time this year. After a tidy up your attention is drawn to the state of the lawn.

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Egg Nog with a floral twist

Your great-aunt probably has a bottle of advocat tucked away at the back of the cupboard but let’s be honest, a bottle of yellow booze that’s been gathering dust is not very impressive! Our modern variant, freshly prepared and finished with flowers and plants, gives the image of this vintage drink a nice reboot.

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Make an Easter gift for guests

With Easter fast approaching, we’re really in the mood for spring. Share this wonderful feeling with your guests and give them a fun goodie bag in the form of a hyacinth – but not just any old hyacinth… It’s a hyacinth in a cool, jute sleeve!

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Poinsettia – Plant of the Moment

The symbolism of the Poinsettia is related to the Christmas story. The star of Bethlehem showed the place where the baby Jesus was born and led the three wise men to him. The shape of the Poinsettia‘s bracts look like stars. Together with candlelight, the green Christmas tree and the red or white colours of this houseplant, the symbolic meaning of Christmas is complete.

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Pruning – Rule of Thumb.

"When should I prune my....?" If you don't have an expert on hand to answer you can use this rule of thumb: "prune straight after flowering" The simple reason is that if you prune straight after flowering you can be certain that you won't be pruning off the new...

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What is HIGH POTASH plant food?

You might hear me say on the BBC Radio Sheffield's garden phone-in or other garden experts say "you need to use a high potash feed". This can be confusing if you don't know what it means and worse if you try and buy them from na outlet without their own expert. All...

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Colour for 7 Months

Plant a second basket now During September it's vital to plant your winter baskets and pots ASAP. Plant a second basket, stand it on a pot on your patio and when your summer basket fade, swap them over. Autumn and Winter pansies are in stock now (September UK) Be in...

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Guide to Summer Watering

Watering & The British Summer - Urgent Lots of people have problems with newly planted hardy plants & bedding plants. Each one is due to the same cause LACK OF WATER!!!!! What? You Cry! YES even with all this rain your plants aren't getting the water where...

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Fairy Gardens

Miniature fairy gardens are perfect for small spaces and a great way to get kids involved in gardening. This is extremely popular in the USA and the trend is working its way over to our shores too. It also a great use for any broken pots you might have.   Ferndale is...

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