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Toby Buckland makes a soil sieve (or riddle) for sifting out large lumps from soil, leaf-mould and compost, to leave you with a fine material suitable for seed sowing and potting mixes.You should aim to make your soil sieve slightly bigger than your
of ponds in the wider countryside. So, gardeners can do their bit by creating their own wildlife pond, which will also look great and provide a year-round focal point.Make a start by marking out the position on the ground. Use a garden hose for an informal
mould. Small thin leaves such as birch break down fairly quickly, while large leathery ones such as chestnut benefit from being shredded first. Evergreen leaves and conifer needles take far longer to rot and should not be included in great quantities
Discover how to create and maintain acid soil conditions for growing blueberries and cranberries, with Chris Beardshaw's step-by-step video advice.summerMore advice on growing fruitGrowing early strawberriesRaising new strawberry plantsHow to plant a blackcurrant bushVideo advice...
Watch Monty Don's video demonstration on collecting leaves and storing them to create leaf mould, with storage techniques for both large and small gardens.autumnMore on leaf mould and compostingHow to build a leaf heapAdvice on collecting autumn
Create new plants for your garden by learning how to divide clumps of herbaceous perennials with Sarah Raven's video guide.spring and autumnDividing plants in your gardenIrisesHostasAstersDay liliesBrowse a selection of herbaceous perennials
BBC Gardeners' World blog on asparagus beetles, by Richard Jones
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Learn how to grow speciality mushrooms, such as shiitake and oyster mushrooms, using growing kits, in Chris Beardshaw's video demonstration.autumnMore on growing edible cropsVideo advice on growing chilliesHow to grow pulses indoorsVideo advice on growing citrus plantsHow to sow ...
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