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Flower of the month January: Rose

There is nothing like a rose to cheer up a garden, room in the home or on the allotment. When the Christmas decorations have been put away after the festivities why not enjoy some fresh, colourful roses in a vase or plant some bare-root plants out this month? With so many roses to choose from, there is one to suit every situation and they are much easier to look after with just a few tips. 

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DIY Ideas: Recycling the Christmas tree

We have put together some crafty ideas for recycling the Christmas tree to help you not only reuse your tree but to also make it easier for you when taking down the decorations after the 12 days of Christmas. When the festivities are over, it can sometimes be hard to find options for the Christmas tree that once stood in your home full of baubles and tinsel but with these ideas, not only will you have a fun crafty January but they will also make good use of your Christmas tree. 

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15 garden tips for January

January’s here, the shortest day is behind us and it’s the start of another great gardening year. To help you get your garden into shape for spring, we’ve put together our top 15 gardening tips for January.

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Garden trends forecast 2020

It is an exciting time for gardeners, with new research, products and innovative techniques being introduced to help with environmental issues, wellbeing and community. The garden trends forecast reports we may see an increase in these areas.

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5 x New Year's Resolutions for your home

When life is busy, it is easy to throw everything in a cupboard or drawer and close it up so no one can see, including you! Make it a new years resolution to go through all of your cupboards, drawers and wardrobes to have a clear out. Give books to charity, clothes to family and visit the tip with anything else that you cant repurpose or pass on. It might take some time, but it is incredibly therapeutic and will get you off to a great start for the New Year.

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How to combine concrete accents with plants?

Be on trend and combine concrete accents with plants in your home for a stylish and cool look. Concrete is not just for building houses, it can be used in many ways and with the addition of plants to soften the view you can create something really special and personalised to your taste. From concrete kitchen work tops to plants pots, we have put together these ideas for you to try.

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How to tackle winter pruning in 6 steps

There are many reasons to prune shrubs and trees, especially over winter. It can help to promote bigger growth, to train trees as cordons or espaliers plus it helps to encourage flowers, shape and remove dead and diseased wood. It is an important winter task and keeps those green fingers occupied in the colder months of the year. 

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How to care for garden birds in winter

Winter can be a tough time for garden birds. It’s cold, food is scarce, and they use up much of their energy reserves just keeping warm. Our garden birds need all the help they can get at this time of year, so here are a few things you can do to make life easier for them.

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DIY Ideas: Natural Christmas Decorations

With all of the festive trimmings, it is great to add some natural christmas decorations for a special personal touch. It can be great fun to get outside and start picking natural decorations to make in to your own. Not only will you be getting outside in the fresh air but you can then get home and decorate your rooms with pine cones and sprayed twigs while warming up with a tasty hot chocolate.

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Planting a winter garden

Gardens don’t have to look dull and drab just because it’s winter. Plenty of plants come into their own at this time of year, with flowers, berries and even coloured stems bringing gardens to life through the coldest months. Here are a few of our favourite plants for winter gardens.

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Guide to decorating the Christmas tree

It is that time of year to get decorating the Christmas tree with all the frills and sparkles that you desire! It is a fun part of the festive season and can be a real family event or just a romantic evening with a glass of wine while the fire is on. With so many options to decorate the Christmas tree, it can be really difficult to pick the style, colours and accessorise so we have put together this guide to help you out. 

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What to do in the garden in December?

With the year almost over, it’s time to make sure the garden is ready for winter. And it’s never too early to start planning for next year. With shrubs to plant, seeds to sow and winter crops to harvest, there’s always an excuse to get yourself out into the garden.

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