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Low Allergy Gardening

Low Allergy Gardening

The author of the following article is Max Wiseberg, who has suffered badly from hayfever since childhood, and as a consequence created Haymax, an organic, drug-free barrier balm for allergy sufferers. Here he provides some timely tips for any other gardeners dreading the coming hayfever months. Surprisingly, there are many ways to considerably reduce your […]

How to Grow Citrus Fruits in Pots

How to Grow Citrus Fruits in Pots

  If you follow some basic rules, growing citrus fruits in containers can be productive, ornamental and aromatic, writes Mark Abbott-Compton One of the great things about growing citrus fruits is that you get both the fruit and flowers on the plant at the same time, and they will flower right through from spring to […]

By March 28, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Make Your Own Seed Tapes

Make Your Own Seed Tapes

Here’s a quicky garden hack which makes a practical alternative or a great gift. Seed mats and seed tapes seem to be a popular feature in gardening catalogues but using basic kitchen items and seeds you can easily make your own. Using seed mats and tapes helps you to place your seeds exactly where you […]

By March 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Garden Myths – Part Two – What Kills Slugs

Garden Myths – Part Two – What Kills Slugs

Elizabeth McCorquodale looks at natural slug traps and tests out what worked in the Gardener Vs Slug war. THE THEORY There is no doubt that slugs are a gardener’s worst springtime enemy. Later in the year the lush growth of a mature garden can usually cope with whatever the local slimy thugs throw at it, […]

By February 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make a Vertical Step-ladder Garden

How to Make a Vertical Step-ladder Garden

Making the most of a small garden or beautifying an outdoor area? Ladder stands are ‘stepping’ in to help. John Mason and the staff at ACS Distance Learning investigate and build one As gardens and outdoor spaces are diminishing in size, many people are looking at ways to make the most of their available space. […]

By February 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Garden Myths – Part one – Do Pots need Crocks?

Garden Myths – Part one – Do Pots need Crocks?

As gardeners, we probably all hoard broken pots for later use as drainage when potting new plants, but is it fact or fable as regards doing the job? Elizabeth McCorquodale investigates: When I set out to undertake this trial, I wondered if many people still put crocks in their pots, so I conducted a quick […]

By February 8, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
How to make a pond in a container

How to make a pond in a container

Water in a wildlife garden attracts more beneficial visitors than any other single element, and even the smallest of gardens can accommodate a mini pond, writes Emma Hardy, author of The Urban Wildlife Gardener. MAKING A MINI POND Even small spaces, such as a patio or balcony, can benefit from a water feature, and it’s […]

By January 26, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Potato Days and Seed Swop Events 2017

Potato Days and Seed Swop Events 2017

Much of this information was gathered from Pennard Plants, who work in cooperation with various local organisations to host the events. If you are organising a similar event, please send your details to ruth@homefarmer.co.uk, so we can add it to our growing list. BRIDPORT POTATO DAY Saturday 7th January 10.00am–1.30pm Bridport United Church East Street […]

By January 5, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
Brush Cutter Vs. String Trimmer

Brush Cutter Vs. String Trimmer

When it comes time to knock down those pesky weeds, you may find yourself wondering which tool would be best for you, a brush cutter or string trimmer. There is a huge difference between the two. One is meant for tidying up the yard  and the other is meant for clearing dense areas of brush […]

By January 5, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Caring for Poinsettias

Caring for Poinsettias

These glorious, loud plants line up in the shops at this time of year like a veritable red Christmas army. This plant has come come to be as much a part of Christmas ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, Morecombe and Wise, Turkey Sandwiches and decking them halls. It’s the largest potted flower crop grown in the […]

By December 7, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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