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Summer is the ideal time for taking cuttings, as plant cells divide quickly, promoting root growth. Propagating plants by cuttings is an easy and cheap way of replacing straggly, old plants. For best results, take cuttings first thing in the morning
Measure your wheelbarrow, so you can build your sieve to fit comfortably across the top.Cut the timber into eight pieces and fix them together to form two equal-sized rectangles. Smooth any sharp edges with sandpaper. Use pliers to cut the wire mesh to the same
Create your own 'cutting patch' with Sarah Raven's video guide. Learn how, by growing cut-and-come-again annuals and biennials in a separate bed, you can prevent your borders from looking bare. springMore advice on growing flowersGrowing lupins
Taking root cuttings couldn't be easier and it's the ideal way to increase your stock of perennials, such as phlox, rhus, mint, Japanese anemones and Primula denticulata (see picture). Take cuttings now and you'll be potting up new plants in spring
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.Leave the cement to set overnight before removing the stepping stone.Put the stepping stone into position, and cut into the lawn around it with an old kitchen knife.Remove the circle of lawn and press the stepping stone into place.AdamUse stepping stones in well
Follow Joe Swift's step-by-step video demonstration to making your own rustic plant supports for climbers, from bamboo canes.all year roundMore on plant supportsCreating a metal obeliskConstructing a hazel trellisMaking a spiral plant supportSupporting your plants
and bolster chisel to cut blocks in half for the ends. Check the levels again.Lay concrete blocks, short end down, on a 5cm bed of mortar to make the curved edges - this is the same height as two courses of blocks. Check curved line match up to the mark
should be able to buy all the ingredients for your plant support from a garden centre or DIY store for less than £10.Galvanised wire1.5m bamboo cane45cm terracotta potWire cuttersCompostIvy plantall year round30 minutesCut a 3m length of wire and bend
Sarah Raven demonstrates the most effective method for picking tulips from the garden to ensure the best display indoors, without inhibiting next year's growth.MayMore advice on growing tulipsTreating tulip virusLayering bulbs in a potDealing with tulip firePlanting a spring wind...