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Indulge in the Chelsea Flower Show for inspiration

The Chelsea Flower Show (21 - 25 May) is the pinnacle of flower shows in the UK and even around the world. People flock to the Great Hospital site in Chelsea to marvel at the exquisite show gardens, floral marquee and gardening accessories. The start of the week even begins with a show full of celebrities, royalty and media channels producing TV and photographs of this prestigious event. But it’s not all about that, it’s all about the stunning gardens and plants.

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How to identify pests and diseases?

There is nothing more frustrating than finding pests and diseases on your lovely plants after tending to them with love and attention. Fortunately, there are many ways to minimise the risk of plant pests and diseases, mainly ensuring they receive the care that they need. But even after all of your efforts, they can still sneak up on your plants and be a real pain. Plants that are thriving, indoors or outside will not show any signs of yellowing or brown leaves or dry, curly edges. Whilst many of these could also be a sign of not optimum conditions, which in itself can lead to pests and diseases but this is a sign your plants are in distress. Keep a check on watering levels, light levels and make sure you have the right plant for the right place which will help to minimise any problems. So, if you are concerned about pests and diseases on your plants, this guide will help you to identify them.

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Guide to attending and being inspired at a garden show

The garden show season gets going every year in April and apart from the few over the Winter months, it is the time to get some amazing inspiration from the shows for your own garden. However, there are so many shows around the country, which one should you attend and if you only have a day to visit, how do you fit it all in? Our tips should give you a good guide to the shows and ideas for planning your day.

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Better together: tips on companion planting

Companion planting lets your plants help each other to grow strong and healthy, with less need for chemicals and pesticides. Find out which plants work well together.

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What to do in the garden in May?

May’s a busy month in the garden. Summer’s just around the corner and everywhere you look, plants are flowering and bees are buzzing. When the sun shines, there’s nothing better than a garden in May, so here are a few tips to get your garden looking its best.

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Ideas to celebrate National Gardening Week 2019

National Gardening Week this year is from 27th April to 5th May and it is the nation’s biggest celebration of gardening. This great week is to encourage everyone to share the love and enjoyment of growing home-grown produce in the garden or down the allotment. The Royal Horticultural Society has set the theme as Edible Britain and will be celebrating all things grow your own throughout the week. But what can you do to help spread the word about the benefits of growing your own?

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Attracting frogs into your garden

You don’t have to be a princess to love a frog – gardeners love them too. Frogs are fantastic at pest control, even eating slugs and snails, so it’s well worth making your garden a frog-friendly place.

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How to reuse and recycle your old garden pots?

Plastic use is a big problem and one that we can all help to minimise by doing our bit. There is a lot of plastic usage in the horticultural industry but just about everything can be reused or recycled in numerous ways both in the garden and at home. It’s a great way to ensure plastic doesn't go to landfill and saves money at the same time.

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Guide to starting a herb garden

Having your own herb garden is a great way to not only have an attractive space and help wildlife but also to provide you with herbs for your own cooking and wellbeing. Starting your own herb garden is really easy and can be adapted to suit any size area that you have, from windowsills to patios and larger gardens. Herbs are incredibly adaptive and rewarding plants to work with.

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Outdoor style: Cottage Garden

A cottage style garden is a desirable garden with its informal design and dense planting. Known for borders full of flowers from Roses to Salvias, packed full of colours, textures and fragrance. Originally cottage gardens were planted by families that had little land who just wanted to provide food for the family and herbs for medicines. Vegetables and fruit are often planted alongside ornamentals as well. Later, the cottage garden style was used by gentry and the original designs were packed full of flowers to create the dreamy gardens we know and love to this day. Here are some ideas to create your own cottage style garden.

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Seed sowing simplified

Growing plants from seed can be great fun, but if you’ve never done it before it’s hard to know where to start. How do you know which seeds to plant when, and how to plant them? And what do all those strange terms on the back of seed packets mean? Here’s a quick guide to the language of seed growing, plus a few suggestions for seeds that you can plant now.

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What to do in your garden in April?

In April, it really looks like spring in the garden. Although there’s still a chance of late frosts, the days are definitely warmer and everything is starting to grow again. It’s time to grab your tools and get out there. Here’s our list of the most important jobs for you to do in your garden this April.

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