Spring

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Spring lawn care tips

When it comes to spring lawn care there are three key jobs need doing. These are scarifying, spiking, and top-dressing. SCARIFYING removes moss and ‘thatch’ – small pieces of dead grass…

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Get instant colour from bulbs this Spring

Traditionally Autumn is the time to plant out dormant spring bulbs, but if you didn’t get round to the job last year, help is now at hand. Garden centres seem…

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How to create a self-watering planter

WATERING tomatoes and other large plants all year round, especially during busy times, can be a lot of hard work. A number of self-watering planter systems are available to buy…

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Make more spring flowering bulbs

With flowers faded, AG garden writer Ruth Hayes, shows you how to make more spring bulbs for free         WITH any luck your spring bulbs came up…

Grow Ipomoea through Forsythia to disguise ugly summer foliage

Growing climbers through shrubs

Usually we grow climbers up a wall or trellis, but how about trying to thread them through shrubs? It can make for a stunning partnership, says Graham Rice  Many shrubs…

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5 easy steps to sowing sunflowers

1 At the end of March/early April sow seeds into 9cm pots. Use an equal ratio of loam, perlite and sand. 2 Stand pots in a warm propagator in the…

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Gardening over Easter

My boys are used to me dragging them away from their computers and out into the garden. And actually, my repeated attempts to get them gardening is helping them with…

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How to grow: Acacia (mimosa)

While visiting milder parts of the country or passing a sheltered inner city garden during February and March, you’ll occasionally come across a filigree-leaved tree covered in a haze of…

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How to grow: wood anemones

                          Wood anemones and windflowers are the unsung treasures of the spring garden, and the perfect ground cover…

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Give chillies some heat

AG garden editor, Kris Collins, is dusting off the heated propagator to gets his favourite summer crops underway Fill cells with seed and cuttings compost. I sieve mine first, to…