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Greenhouse, Garden & Allotment Blog

How to Control Disease, Weeds and Pests

Posted by Alix Francis on 3rd Jul 2018

Sometimes it may seem easier to attempt controlling weeds, pests and diseases with pesticides, but most pesticides contain chemicals which damage our environment and often ourselves when we use them.Pesticides may not always be a necessary port of call, there are methods you can learn which can prevent diseases from spreading, weeds from growing and pests from ruining your plants and crops.There are other alternatives to buying pesticides such as being on crop watch and picking the slugs and pests off by hands or you could pull weeds up instead or spraying them with a pesticide.Beer trap
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How to Start a Garden from Scratch

Posted by Alix Francis on 21st Jun 2018

Starting a garden from scratch is quite a challenge to take on but a rewarding challenge none the less. If you have decided to start a vegetable garden from scratch, it will save you money in the long run. It’s a good investment to make.You will need to assess your garden to see what you can do, where gets the most sunlight, what the soil is like and what you are planning on growing.Garden planning starts with the shape of your garden, is it long? Rectangular? Square? Thin? Shallow? Wide?Break Up SpaceTypically, gardens look more spacious when there is as much open space in the middle
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Greenhouse Ventilation and Shading

Posted by Alix on 15th Jun 2018

No matter if your greenhouse is glass or plastic, overheating can be a big problem for your plants.During the warmer months greenhouses begin to produce high levels of heat that puts your plants in danger of wilting and drying out.If plants are subjected to prolonged high levels of heat they are unlikely to survive, plants need shade, water and a cooling air circulation.However, you can learn how to protect your plants from excess heat by ventilation and shading.How to ventilate and shade your greenhouseThe easiest way to ventilate your greenhouse is to open the roof and side vents along
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Easy Flowers To Plant for Spring & Summer

Posted by Claire - Purple Sweet Pea on 17th May 2018

Flowers bring splashes of colour to your garden and allotment and it’s a great feeling being able to present your fresh, home grown, beautiful flowers in your favourite vase. On my allotment I have created a flower patch that I think gets the most attention from visitors to the plot. From early spring on wards, I try to keep it as bright and colourful as possible. In this post I’ll be sharing some ideas about growing flowers.Wild lifeAdding flowers to your allotment or garden is a great way to attract natural pollinators such as bees and butterflies that will ensure the best harve
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What to Sow and Grow in May

Posted by Alix Francis on 1st May 2018

It’s quite frightening to think that summer is fast approaching. It feels as though we haven’t seen much of spring yet.Now the weather is, dare I say it becoming more stable, you can start planting and sowing out bedding, of course this all depends on what the weather is like in your region. Watch out for those late frosts and keep the lawn tidy as the warmer weather creeps up. Allotment & Vegetable Garden Earth up potatoes once growth has reached around 25cm and continue to grow seed potatoes.Regularly water young plants to keep them growing strongly.Once the frosts have passed, star
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