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How not to make a mountain out of molehills

When you’ve spent long hours creating your perfect lawn, the last thing you want to see is a whacking great molehill spoiling your handiwork. So to help, here’s the lowdown on garden moles and what to do about them.

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Planting winter bedding and spring bulbs

As autumn begins and the days get shorter, nothing beats a bit of colour in the garden to dispel the pre-winter blues. Now’s the time to fill pots and borders with winter bedding for flowers through the cold weather, and of course, it’s also time to start planting spring bulbs for a fantastic display next spring. Here’s our simple guide to planting spring bulbs and bedding.

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Home trends: Freakebana

Have you heard of the new home trend Freakebana? The quirky way to decorate is becoming quite the hit. Freakebana is based on the Japanese art of arranging flowers named Ikebana which is a way of using seasonal plants off centre with form, line and colour. It is based on precision and minimalism with plants used as symbolism. Freakebana is based on this but rather than the precision, it is all about arranging items in a quirky style. If you try it, the look can become really quite eccentric with a mix of very odd items. 

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What to do in the garden in September?

With the rich colours of autumn starting to glow, September is an especially lovely month for gardens. While the warm weather lasts, it’s time to gather in the harvest and start preparing the garden for the colder months ahead, as well as planning for the joys of another spring.

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Outdoor style: Vintage Gardens

Vintage gardens are a wonderful way to create memories and style by staging your garden into a vintage scene. You’ll need to carefully pick plants, flowers and accessories which will be your props to make a truly individual vintage garden. It takes a little time to get things just right but it is so much fun enjoying the process. 

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Top 5 things to store for your winter supply

When the colder days approach, along with harsher weather conditions and the garden goes to sleep for a short time, you may want to stay home some days in the warm with your feet up and watch a movie. It does mean, however, that you will need to think ahead to what food you will need over the winter months that you can gather from the garden or allotment now. This is a great time of year to start storing lots of fresh food to use up the produce you’ve grown and still enjoy it all winter long. 

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How to make a bee-friendly garden?

Bees are big news these days, and we all know how much we need them. But what with climate change, pesticide use, disease and loss of habitat, bees face a lot of challenges at the moment. Luckily, there are plenty of things we can do as gardeners to make life better for our bees.

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Home trend: growing Ivy indoors

It’s so easy growing Ivy indoors with little care needs and so many varieties to choose from, you can really play with where you grow Ivy in the home and also the different pots and ways to display it. Since Ivy is so versatile, it can be grown in any room indoors and in plenty of fun ways to soften room decor and be aesthetically very pleasing. Whilst some people prefer not to grow it outside as it can take over, Ivy is actually a great source of food and shelter for wildlife so it’s an essential plant for both inside and outside. 

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3 x cosy summer night DIY ideas

We have some cool DIY ideas for cosy summer nights. If it has been really hot outside, it is great to cool down during the evening or if the weather has taken a turn for the worse there is nothing like being indoors and creating something fun for yourself or your family and friends to enjoy outside when the weather warms up. From Hygge methods in the garden and soothing lights and accessories, there is always something fun to create with a little cosy twist. We hope you enjoy these great ideas.

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How to aquascape?

Have you heard of Aquascaping? The underwater gardening trend taking the world by storm? If there aren’t enough ways to incorporate plants in your life, you can also garden underwater and it doesn't even involve swimming! Aquascaping is a real art, creating beautiful landscapes with plants, driftwood and fish in a tank. Where to start? Our guide will help you. 

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National Allotment Week

This year National Allotment Week is all about celebrating the Shared Harvest from our plots. Allotments holders are often overrun with produce throughout the growing season and especially towards the end of the summer. After as much cooking and freezing possible, anything leftover can be shared with others from family and friends to charitable causes. This year that’s what its all about. 

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How to make a bird-friendly garden

Making our gardens more bird-friendly doesn’t only make us feel good; it helps birds too. With many of our most well-loved garden birds becoming scarce as their habitat disappears, we need to do everything we can to help. 

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