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Posts Tagged ‘Kris Collins’

Five facts from Amateur Gardening 18 Jan 2014

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Straight fertilisers can target specific problems with your garden plants. Confused by all the different options on garden centre shelves? We pick out the best and show you how to use them to optimise flowers, fruit and foliage in the garden.
Fancy a bumper runner bean crop in 2014? Buy British-bred cultivars and start saving your own seeds – Peter Seabrook…

Grow an avacado

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It is easy to grow an avocado house plant  by rooting the stone of a shop-bought avocado pear. It’s a bit of fun too… AG gardening editor Kris Collins shows how to do it:
1) Holding the stone (often referred to as a ‘pit’) with its narrow- or pointed-side up, stick four toothpicks into the middle section at even intervals. They…

Dealing with large scale garden waste

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You may have read in the pages of Amateur Gardening (AG 25 May) that I’m giving my new garden a full overhaul, says AG gardening editor, Kris Collins.
Nearly every plant has been stripped from the uninspiring plot and I’ve used a turf cutter to remove every scrap of lawn, turning my plot into a rectangle of bare earth.
I’m now lucky…

AG video: Planting summer containers

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Watch these tidy planting tips from AG’s gardening editor, Kris Collins, for success with your summer patio containers



Weed control: beds and borders


Keep bedding and border displays weed free this season with top tips from AG gardening editor Kris Collins

Aim to dig out weeds growing in border soils unless you’re faced with persistent weeds that re-grow from bits of root left in the ground (ground elder, bindweed and couch grass spring to mind) .
Digging is eco-friendly, cheaper, and it removes the risk…

Weed control: Patios and paving

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Keep patios, paths and drive weed free with top tips from AG gardening editor Kris Collins
Allow weeds to mature in the joins between patio slabs or block paving and it can be a real problem to remove them by hand. With no room to dig out tap roots, perennial weeds will likely return soon after pulling off or scraping away…

Weed control: Hoe, hoe, hoe!

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Stay chemical free with regular soil cultivation, says AG gardening editor Kris Collins
Regular hoeing or cultivation of garden soils is the best way to prevent weeds taking hold. Scratch over the soil weekly with a hoe or clawed hand cultivator and it’s an easy job – but watch out for emerging perennial flowers. The soil never has time to compact,…

Kris’s blog: catch up on the veg patch

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When it comes to planting potatoes, the old saying goes, “Get your earlies in late and your lates in early”.
Just as well considering the weather we’ve been experiencing this spring. Last weekend was the fist chance I’d had to get on the soil and plant out my chatted first early Pentland Javelin, even then I had to do it in…

How to sow and grow a crop of basil

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Kris shows how to start off crops of basil

Fill a pot with a good quality soil-based seed compost. Tamp down the surface. Lightly sprinkle a few seeds on the surface, then water.

Cover with a ¼in (6mm) layer of vermiculite. Label, then place in a light, warm place. A temperature of 13˚C (55˚F) is needed.

I place the seeds under a clear-domed…

Quick Easter containers

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Kris creates an Easter hanging basket

Place a liner into the basket and secure with plastic ties if required. Once in, start by covering the base of the liner with multipurpose compost.

I’m positioning some sprouting dwarf narcissus in the centre of the basket. The blooms will be held above surrounding plants.

Next to go in are some coloured hybrid primroses. Three, planted…