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to offset your initial outlay and justify the space it takes up in your garden.Of course, it may be that there is only one possible place you can put it, but if you do have a choice, it’s well worth giving it the best possible position you can. It may seem a
Building your own polytunnel from a kit can save you hundreds of pounds in construction costs. All you need are some basic DIY skills and some willing helpers - four people is ideal.Before assembling your kit, ensure the site is level. If your site is exposed, you might wish to p...
Buying a greenhouse structure from a supplier, then assembling it yourself can save you more than £300 on construction costs - and the bigger the structure, the more you'll save. On top of building costs, you'll be saving on ground levelling, building foundations or laying paths ...
Birds not only use water to drink, but they also bathe in it, helping them fluff up their feathers to insulate themselves against the cold. Experts have also found that clean birds are more streamlined, so can escape from predators quickly. Our bird bath is elevated, which will o...
In order to get the best out of your garden plants and crops, it’s worth testing your soil pH. In the UK this ranges from 3.5 (strongly acid) to 8.5 (strongly alkaline), with 7 being neutral. Most fruit and vegetables prefer soils that have a
Two years, I felt the need to grow a local, native plant in my garden. I gathered rosehips from a field rose at the edge of a nearby canal, soaked them in water and sowed the seed in coarse compost.The pots sat in a corner of my patio, doing nothing
I might move house this year. It’s very early days, but the possibility of having a bigger garden is sending my plant-collecting gene into overdrive. I currently grow plants in my small, shady courtyard garden. But after four years of this, I long
. After two or more extremely dry years, many areas had drought orders imposed on them last April, with hosepipe bans for millions of gardeners. Then the heavens opened and it’s been deluge after deluge ever since.I woke on Sunday morning to find a large
Living on a hillside, I’m fortunately not in danger of being flooded, but it doesn’t mean I’m not feeling the effects of the recent heavy rains. It’s difficult to walk around my sloping garden without slipping over, and the grassed areas have turned
and plentiful and the crop is largely pest-free.BeetrootColourful, fun, stylish and trouble-free. choose your favourite strength and grow three plants in a large tub on the patio with a cane for support. They’ll provide ample crops, with enough over to dry