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National Allotment Week 2018

Get to know more about allotment life by joining in with some of the many events around the country for National Allotments Week next week!

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Herb harvesting time!

Harvest herbs regularly at this time of year to enjoy them at their very best, taking care to pick at the right time of day to make sure they’re packed full of fragrance and flavour.

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Lost treasures have been exposed as a result of last heatwave

The ghostly shadows of long-lost gardens have emerged in the wake of this summer’s heatwave after browning grass revealed the foundations under lawns.

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What to do in the garden in August?

Now that August has arrived, the gardening to-do list might have become a little shorter, but there are still plenty of jobs to get on with this month! 

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Hosepipe ban

This year has seen the longest heatwave in more than 40 years, with weather watchers recording the fourth hottest and driest June since 1910. Most of the country now experiencing soil moisture levels much lower than normal for this time of year.

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Watering the garden

Watering can be a real chore at this time of year – so hand the work over to one of our automatic watering systems.

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Plant of the Week: Parsley

You want to be generous with parsley, chopping fistfuls of flavour-packed greenery into salads, soups and Italian sauces to lift them from good to sublime.

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What to do with onions, garlic and shallots?

Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic as soon as the leaves start to yellow and droop. There’s nothing wrong with them: it’s just a sign they’ve finished swelling those big fat bulbs and are ready to harvest.

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Lavender care

Cut and dry lavender flowers just as the buds begin to open, when they will retain their colour and scent better, rather than waiting for the flowers to fully mature.

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RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

The north of England’s premier flower show opens its doors this week as the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show gets under way – a real celebration of the sheer variety and fun of growing, whether you enjoy flowers, fruit, veg or a combination of them all.

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Agapanthus tips & tricks

These wonderful, spectacular beauties, also known as African lilies, erupt in mid to late summer in a positive fireworks display of blue flowers.

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Plants in your luggage?

A survey has revealed that nearly one in ten people – about 2.5 million holidaymakers – who are planning to travel abroad in the next 12 months would consider bringing a plant back with them.

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