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February22

A rose is not just for Valentine’s Day..

Did you receive flowers for Valentine’s Day this year?  May be a box of chocolates and a card?  Valentine’s Day has become a big commercial event with personalised gifts   and all manner of things hearts shaped.  One supermarket was even selling strawberries this year in a heart shaped punnet.  The traditional gift is a
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February01

To chit or not to chit? That is the question

  It’s February now but with the recent snowfall the last thing you will be thinking about is growing seed potatoes (also known as tubers).   Have you started ‘chitting’ your seed potatoes?  Do you think it is necessary?  This is one of the long debated questions for potato growers.  On the one hand there
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January23

Are you ready for The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch?

Are you ready for The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch? It all started 40 years ago as a one off activity to get young RSPB membership holders involved with birds during the winter and it wasn’t until 2001 that adults got involved too.    The idea is you chose an hour on 26th or 27th January
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January02

Treecycling

It’s that time of year again.  Who decides when the decorations come down?  Some say you should keep them up until Twelfth night – the feast of the Epiphany (6 Jan); others take them down as soon as Big Ben has finished chiming to bring in the New Year.   Whatever the day, what do
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April27

New Beginnings

I love this time of year when Mother Nature is performing miracles right before our eyes. Life seems to be springing forward in all directions not least at the Nurseries. Already there is a great choice of vegetable plants for planting straight out into the garden such as perpetual spinach, carrots, leeks and lettuce. I’ve
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