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- similar to a pregnancy testing kit. So my next job is to go out to the vegetable patch, cut off a small sample of affected foliage and pop it in the little kit - I'm nearly as nervous about this as if it were a pregnancy testing kit! A positive result
on the surface to discourage birds and cats. Once the grass starts to grow it can be given its first cut when it reaches 4cm high.AdamPrepare the ground thoroughly before sowing and try to avoid exposing the lawn to too much wear and tear during the first season
The fungal spores that cause rust are spread on the wind, and they can survive over winter on the soil surface, on fallen debris and even objects such as fences and stakes. The symptoms spread in early summer from patches of orange on the stems
strip of land we use as a cutting patch. For years we had a few daffodils, tulips, snowdrops and gladioli growing in it, but this year a whole sack of daffs was added. They were a birthday present in February, so were planted quite late. The result? A
than you'd usually use for two plants. More plant inspiration for summer colourCreate a summer display of gypsophila, pratia and dianthus.Plant up a colourful summer container.Follow Sarah Raven's video advice on creating a cutting patch.Learn how
cover.More summer container displaysPotting up a summer display of scabious and thrift.Creating a summer cutting patch.Growing summer-flowering plants to attract bees.Planting ideas for late-summer colour.Learn how to plant up a summer hanging basket.
granules into the compost before planting.More ideas for summer colourCreating a summer cutting patch.Growing summer-flowering plants to attract bees.Planting ideas for late-summer colour.Learn how to plant up a summer hanging basket.
container display of poppies, osteospermum and lantana.Grow plants for late-summer colour.Follow Sarah Raven's video advice on creating a cutting patch.Learn how to grow lupins for both height and colour in your borders.
novice veg growers make is to take on too much. When you are short of free time, restrict yourself to a small salad patch, a raised bed or some tubs of veg on the patio watered by a home-made irrigation system. Few of us have time to grow absolutely
Laying lawn turf is one of the simplest ways to remedy a tired, shapeless patch of grass or to create a new lawn. It may be a little more expensive than sowing grass seed, but the benefits outweigh the cost - you'll have an instant, usable area