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Posts Tagged ‘January’


Best flowering bulbs for January

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1. Eranthis hyemalis
The golden glow of this charming low-growing winter perennial is a heartwarming sight indeed. The winter aconite will thrive in any soil that is well-drained during the summer. They prefer dappled shade, reaching up to about 6ins (15cms) and growing so thickly that the vigorous leaves soon cover every piece…

Winter pruning apple and pear trees

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Emilie Griffin prunes apple and pear trees in anticipation of a good crop next year
When pruning apple and pear trees, you need to make sure they are dormant – from December to late February, between leaf fall and bud break.
The way you prune your fruit tree depends on whether it is tip- or spur-bearing. And to determine this you will…

Growing with lights

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Prepare for growing in the dull days of winter with artificial lighting, says
AG gardening editor Kris Collins

Rather than just sit back and hanker for the spring sowing season (which seems like a long way off) it is possible to grow a range of vegetables, herbs and annual flowers, or to grow on plants that would normally die back in winter.…