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It’s all kicking off in the garden: Grow-How tips for early April

WELCOME! To all our new subscribers who’ve joined us through our #DigYourOwnaForCorona campaign. Every other weekend, Elaine writes some horticultural tips for our blog, and the weekends in-between, we girls write a post together full of gardening chat, some fun, and not a little sisterly banter! In these very difficult times, many people have turned to their gardens and gardening to help them through. Calming, absorbing yet exciting – growing plants offers it all! So let’s get on with some jobs – looking after your seedlings, dividing primroses and pruning shrubs are among the items on the agenda today………...

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Therapy for Troubled Times – Grow How Tips for Late March

If ever there was a time to feel glad that we have a mutual interest in gardening, this is it. Not being able to share our hobby physically at the moment, we can still get on with the myriad jobs of spring, like seed-sowing, herb-growing and fern-titivation……… Calm in the Chaos Last year’s angst about Brexit seems almost twee by comparison with the fear and anxiety around in this coronapocalyptic atmosphere. Much has been written recently about the importance of horticulture to enhance well-being, hugely endorsed by the RHS, amongst others, who have brought out a new book on...

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Seed-sowing, staking and sacred bamboo – Grow-How Tips for March

First up: We’re reviewing a great new gardening book ‘Diary of a Modern Country Gardener’ today – do have a look at the bottom of this post. Even if some of us are still trudging through snow, the lengthening days lure us into the garden in March. There is much to be done – staking the perennials, getting the children sowing seeds, planting dahlia tubers, so off we go…….. Getting the toms going In my humble opinion, there simply isn’t a better vegetable than tomatoes (though actually it’s a berry!) to grow yourself rather than buy.And the main reason...

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Slug-proof plants and winter jasmine: Grow-How tips for late February

The named storms have been coursing through the UK, but spring is on its way regardless and there are jobs to do, like pruning winter-flowering jasmine, choosing some slug-proof plants, and dividing snowdrops…… Jazzing up Jasmine It’s usually a cinch to grow Jasminum nudiflorum, and it’s a bright and pretty thing to see when covered in its starry yellow flowers in spells through the winter. But it can become horribly straggly if it’s left to its own devices with masses of twiggy bare stems and dead branches. The thing to remember is that it flowers on the previous year’s...

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