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Gardening over Easter

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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 their school studies and science projects.
Aged seven and ten, they are already studying plant biology at different levels, so not only are they curious about plant life cycles, their homework…

A veg plot really can save you money

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Growing veg can save you money – as long as you don’t mind working for free!
Seed firm DT Brown grew a crop of 16 varieties worth £262.54 at supermarket prices on a 16x30ft plot.
While the seed cost a £31.46, the firm did not include the cost of gardeners’ labour needed to grow the produce.
The most valuable harvest came from…

Ex-presenter Stefan Buczacki savages Gardeners’ Question Time

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The BBC has defended Gardeners’ Question Time after it was savaged by a former panellist.
Professor Stefan Buczacki slammed Radio 4’s GQT as a “pathetic shadow of its former self” and claimed: “The magical chemistry between broadcasters has been lost.”
Stefan, who took part in 600 episodes “without a break” from 1981 to 1994, said: “The rot set in some years ago…

Agapanthus in pots

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These South African Stunners make a stylish statement in pots, says Kris

1) Add a layer of crocks or similar to the bottom of your pot for good drainage – also set the pot on feet or bricks to keep water draining away adequately. Adding a handful of grit to your compost will also help.

2) Fill the container with a soil-based…

Summer planting container trees and shrubs

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Don’t let summer heat stop you from planting out trees and shrubs, say Michelle Wheeler

1) When planting in grass, first strip off the turf, in a circle radiating out 20in (50cm) from the central position of where the tree or shrub is to be sited.

2) Dig the hole, making it the same depth as the container the plant is growing…

Summer citrus care

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There are a few timely jobs to do if you want a good crop of citrus fruit this year, says Kris

Pruning
REMOVAL OF larger branches is best done in winter, but to encourage a bushy habit and increase branching lower down, new growths should now have their tips removed as they reach 4-6in (10-15cm) in length

Watering and feeding
WATER PLANTS at least…

Alan Titchmarsh to explore UK’s back gardens

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Alan Titchmarsh plans to avoid the gardens of the great and good – and focus on plots made by ordinary Brits in his new ITV1 series.
Love Your Garden, which starts at 8pm on Friday 10 June, will see Alan travel the UK to track down inspirational home gardens.
The former Ground Force star will show viewers how to recreate the look…

Alan Titchmarsh to present Love Your Garden on ITV

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Alan Titchmarsh’s new prime-time ITV series is to be called Love Your Garden.
Former Ground Force host Alan said he hoped the new show would inspire people to “discover the delights of gardening”.
The 12-part series of 30-minute programmes starts at 8pm on Friday 10 June on ITV1 – half an hour before the 8.30pm slot for Gardeners’ World on BBC2.
Alan said…

Monty Don’s Italian Gardens – watch a preview!

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Monty Don’s Italian Gardens starts this Friday night (15 April) – 9pm on BBC2. Watch a preview:

Over four hours, Monty Don will be conducting a very personal ‘grand garden tour’ around Italy.
He’ll be seeking out romantic, horticultural gems of the rural South and visiting the retreats of the affluent North where, in the Veneto, Lucca and the Lakes, Monty finds gardens…

ITV signs Alan Titchmarsh for £5million

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Alan Titchmarsh is to host a prime-time gardening show on ITV to rival Gardeners’ World.
The two-year deal will earn the green-fingered star a reported £5million.
Alan’s earnings could be much higher, as ITV plans to launch Titchmarsh-branded products, which will be introduced to gardeners over five years.
The new programme may even go head-to-head with Gardeners’ World on Friday nights.
ITV, however, has…