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How to use Bonfire Ash

Once the excitement of the annual bonfire is over what do you do with the ash. Allow it to cool down until its cold then scoop into a metal bucket making sure you remove any pieces of metal (nuts/bolts) which may be hiding. Scatter on the compost pile and mix …

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Help Hedgehogs Survive the Winter

Since the 1950’s the number of hedgehogs in the UK has fallen by over 37%! As part of their nationwide campaign, Hedgehog Street have released an interactive map showing where in the UK both live and dead hedgehogs have been found. Next week sees the start of Wild About Gardens …

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Planting Spring Bulbs

October, November and even December in a mild year is the time to plant Spring flower bulbs. Plant when you are sure no frosts are forecast for the proceeding few days. Daffodils, tulips, crocus, grape hyacinths and snowdrops, to name a few, will give a flash of colour in Spring. …

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Building the shed

I managed to build the shed during the evening on Monday 3 September 2018. It measured 6×4 and I used wooden from the previous shed which I took down two months earlier because it was bigger than the rules allowed. Concrete isn’t allowed on this site so the base would …

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How to Grow Broad Beans

If you’d like to get an early crop of Broad Beans, try the variety Aquadulce Claudia which is sown in the Autumn and harvested late Spring/Summer. Sow October, November, December, January Harvest May, June, July, August This very hardy variety produces very long, glossy pods and is unsurpassed for Autumn …

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How to Grow Spinach

Sow April, May, June, August, September Harvest January, February, March, July, August, September, October, November, December SOW OUTDOORS April and June and August/September, thinly 1/2in (1cm) deep in rows 12in (30cm) apart, direct in harvest position. Keep soil moist at all times. GROW ON If necessary thin seedlings to 6in …

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How to Grow Cucumber

Sow April, May Harvest July, August, September SOW INDOORS – April to May 1/2in (1cm) deep individually in modules or 3in (8cm) pots of firm pre-watered compost. Keep soil moist at all times. Place in warmth 20-25*c (70-75*f). As seedlings develop grow on under cool, light conditions but not in …

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