Activity of the Week Make your own Bird feeder Now is the time to be thinking about helping out our feathered friends and putting some food out for the birds. If you don’t have a bird feeder, look no further because we can help you make your own.     Photo: currentcatalog.com What you need…

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Sow Your Own Chillies If you like a bit of spice in your life, now is a great time to start growing chillies. These hot additions to your plate are great to grow inside, in a greenhouse or on your windowsill. Get a medium sized pot and fill it with compost, leaving around an inch…

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Job of the Week Tidy and prepare you Garden for the Year Whilst your garden lies mostly dormant at this time of year, it’s the perfect time to tidy your space and get prepared for the growing season ahead. Look around your garden and see what needs to be done. Clear your paths, patio, raised…

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Plant of the Week Winter Flowering Honeysuckle Winter flowering honeysuckle or Lonicera fragrantissima is a bushy, fragrant shrub with cream lipped flowers of a silky texture through winter. It thrives in well drained soil and in a partially shaded border or container. It reliably flowers from mid-December to March and is better grown as a…

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Sow Your Own Basil We know it’s cold outside, so why not start some of your planting indoors now? Basil is a great herb to start on your windowsill. Find some small to medium size pots and fill the bottom half with compost. Plant the seeds half a centimetre deep from the top of the…

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Activity of the Week Plan your Garden Whilst the weather is very cold, you may not want to be outside all day. But it is the perfect opportunity to start planning the year ahead. Get your notebook and decide what you want to do with your garden this year. Whether it’s a community garden or…

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Plant of the Week Snowdrops Snowdrops are the staple flower for any winter garden. If you planted yours in the spring, now is the time you will start to see their beautiful white flowers blooming. These low maintenance plants are the sign that spring is on its way, with no requirements for pruning, just simply…

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Job of the Week Prune your Fruit Trees Winter is the best time to be pruning your fruit trees when the leaves have fallen off the tree. Pruning will help your fruit trees to become more productive. So, look to take around 15% of the overall canopy off each winter – the purpose is to…

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