The problem of the illegal importing of plants

  The main problem facing gardens in this country at present is the illegal importing of plants, either by businesses or travellers bringing in specimens they have bought or found. These plants often harbour pests and diseases. In the UK large areas of forestry have been decimated. Southern areas of England are having a huge problem with a disease affecting […]

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Hot Tips for July

HS tips for July 1. Check Clematis for wilt. 2. Care for house plants while on holiday. 3. Keep tubs and new plants well watered. 4. Dead head bedding plants 5. Pick Courgettes before they become Marrows. 6. Treat Apple scab. 7. Clear algae and blanket weed from ponds. 8. Order catalogues for next years Spring flowering bulbs. 9. Give […]

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Things to Do This Month

The Cherry blossom on the village green in early May was just fantastic. You would be hard pressed to find a nicer village view anywhere than that from the corner of Vennwood Close by Ty pica farm house, looking towards the church. A lot of effort has been going on around the Village with residents planting out their gardens to […]

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RHS ‘must do’ List for May

  RHS garden 'must do' list for May 1. Open greenhouse vents and doors. 2. Earth up potatoes and plant any remaining. 3. Plant out Summer bedding at the end of the month. As long as Derek the weather man gives his ok. 4. Water early in the morning and late at night to get the most out of your […]

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Jobs Plannned for April

  The snow and cold weather of early March brought Redwings and Fieldfares to the Grange Park and village gardens, we don't see them every year, only when conditions get too difficult further north. The Redwing is the UK's smallest true thrush ( I just read that ). The poor conditions held back Spring, but nature soon catches up. The […]

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Your Tasks for March

  Are we all raring to go as Spring really starts to kick in? The Winter was so wet and, on most days, too miserable to be bothered doing anything in the garden. Feeding the birds is probably the most I did. I was disappointed by the variety of birds at our feeders on the three days of the Big […]

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Spring is Just Around the Corner

  Daffodil bulbs are well on their way, pigeons are nesting, Easter eggs in shops, moles are looking for a mate and leaving small piles of earth in gardens where there not wanted, spring must be close.It is only February I know but loads to be getting on with. If you are ordering plants or seeds from catalogues you need […]

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Prepare for Spring

  Happy new year everyone. I hope you're enjoying all the gardening goodies you were given at Christmas as, once people know that you're interested in horticulture, it's guaranteed that future presents will include items connected to the garden. It might be difficult to get motivated when you're still fighting your way through sweets and the extras you bought or […]

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Winter Preparations

    A huge thank you to everyone who gave to Children in Need through The Village Gardener at the end of October. Some of you may not have realised, but your tips and donations raised £100. Brilliant. There is an unusual vegetable taking over the garden at Judy Holmes house. A three year old cabbage which was grown from […]

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What to Do In November

  It's probably going to be cold, wet and miserable out in the garden but never mind. It is November after all and there's still plenty of work to be done. If you haven't already done so, empty any pots that contained summer bedding and put spent compost on to borders as a mulch. Alternatively, you can mix some wild […]

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