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Gardeners can play a key role in preventing flooding

Gardeners can play a key role in preventing flooding after heavy rain, according to the RHS which is calling on everyone with a garden to do their bit to soak up excess rainwater.

Help prevent Flooding after heavy rain

Torrential rain and thunderstorms have caused flash flooding in the south-east this summer, and extreme weather events are set to become increasingly common. Yet gardens can play a massive role in reducing the risk of flooding by soaki...

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It’s National Allotments Week this week

It’s National Allotments Week this week and we’re all Growing Together – this year’s theme for the annual celebration of all things allotment-related run by the National Allotment Society.

National Allotment Week

Allotment sites all across the country are opening to the public and welcoming in local communities to see for themselves how plots are open to all sections of society, from the unemployed to the professional, young or old, all races and rel...

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What to do in the Garden in August

It’s all too easy to hit the gardening doldrums in August, so concentrate all your efforts on keeping the display at its peak. Here’s our list of jobs to be getting on with this month.

General tasks:

  • Keep up with watering concentrating on hanging basket and container displays, plants in the greenhouse and newly-planted seedlings.
  • Top up ponds in hot weather using rainwater wherever possible – tap water...
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Just one in four of us come across hedgehogs regularly in our gardens

Just one in four of us come across hedgehogs regularly in our gardens according to a wildlife survey from the RSPB. That’s a drop of three percent on the previous year – showing that populations of our favourite mammals are still in steep decline. The charity asked 280,000 people to keep records about wildlife they saw in the garden over a year.

You've got more chance seeing a Fox in Your Garden than a Hedgehog?

The results included foxes for the fir...

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Garden Re-Leaf raised a whopping £140,000 for charity this year

It’s been revealed that Garden Re-Leaf raised a whopping £140,000 for charity this year – the most successful yet.

Success for Garden Re-Leaf day

Garden Re-Leaf (www.gardenreleaf.co.uk) is a nationwide fundraising effort by garden centres all over the country, raising money through green-fingered events. This spring – the fifth Garden Re-Leaf Day – saw garden centre staff and customers joining in on dozens of events including 24-hour ‘plant-a- thons...

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Pick off male cucumber flowers once a week

Pick off male cucumber flowers once a week to avoid your cucumbers turning bitter. Most greenhouse cucumber plants produce both male and female flowers – it’s easy to tell the difference as male flowers have simple stalks while female flowers have miniature fruits forming behind the petals.

To avoid a bitter tasting Cucumber, pick off male flowers once a week

If you allow the male flowers to develop and pollinate the female flowers, the fruits that d...

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The RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show begins this week

The RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show begins this week, kicking off a summer full of shows at RHS gardens around the country.

RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show

This year the show is celebrating the Queen’s 90 th birthday with a dazzling marquee full of floral displays by Essex artists; the new Artists’ Pavilion showcases work from more local talent, from stained glass painting and photography to botanical art. And of course at the heart of the show are the mouthwate...

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AUGUST – HTA PLANT OF THE MOMENT GET CREATIVE WITH ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

From dainty Blue Fescue Grass to majestic Miscanthus, ornamental grasses provide texture, character and form unmatched by many other hardy perennials. Their presence develops through the seasons as bright and colourful foliage is joined by graceful swaying flower heads that last well into winter.

In large borders grasses can be planted in bold groups or striking drifts, but many varieties perform well in large patio pots, positioned where their individual sha...

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Plant herbs in your Greenhouse

Plant herbs in your greenhouse and take advantage of their magical abilities to keep off pests and diseases, as well as looking pretty and giving you plenty of deliciously fragrant flavourings to pick for your cooking.

Deter unwanted Insects with Herbs

Essential oils from herbs have scents so powerful they can mask those of target plants, confusing predatory insects: others find flying through air fragrant with herbal oils an unsettling experience an...

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The Met Office wants weather obsessed gardeners to help them improve their forecasts

The Met Office wants weather obsessed gardeners to help them improve their forecasts by installing small weather stations in the garden to predict thunderstorms and tell them when there’s a weather front on the way.

Calling all Weather Obsessed Gardeners

The country’s leading weather forecaster says its supercomputer – among the most technologically advanced in the world and able to carry out 16 trillion calculations a second – needs more data than t...

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