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Tips and Advice

5 fun ways to attract wildlife to your garden

Hedgehogs It is easy to encourage these small, prickly, yet cute creatures to hibernate and rest in your garden. You may even find they’ll raise their young once your home is more established. Studies have shown that hedgehog numbers are decreasing which is a real shame given that they keep down the numbers of pesky…

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Plant for July | Lavender

Lavender With its bushing habit, vivid flowers and pleasing scent, lavender is a real cottage garden staple. A favourite for bees and other insects, it is a must have for any wildlife garden too!   Where to plant Lavender enjoys full sun and well-drained soil. They struggle in heavier soils such as clay and loam,…

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Tips for June

Within our Cultivation Street network there are individuals with amazing knowledge both about gardening and running community gardens. They understand first-hand the needs of organisations and can tailor their advice to this. Our tips for the month is written by Cath from Welsh House Farm Green Grafters community gardening group. Cath not only has endless…

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Plant for June | Lupins

Lupins Known for their colourful and striking spikes, this prominent perennial is an easy way to add drama to your garden. Available in a variety of heights and colours, there is a lupin to suit every garden! Where to plant With heights varying from 75cm upt to a meter tall, they are perfect for the…

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Quirky Tips on Caring for Roses

In 19th century Britain, roses were shrubs or climbers with a limited colour range and flowering season. During Queen Victoria’s reign, however, they were bred with roses from the East, introducing bright yellows and oranges, greater hardiness and repeat flowering. Today there are over 1000 varieties on sale (20 years ago), and new varieties are…

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Plant for May | Pansies

Our Garden Centre Ambassadors have a wealth of knowledge and ideas. They understand first-hand the needs of schools and community gardens and can tailor their advice to this. Our Plant of the Month is written by our 2018 Cultivation Street Ambassador of the Year winner Steve Purton from Dobbies in Milton Keynes. Steve has a…

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Tips for May

Within our Cultivation Street network there are individuals with amazing knowledge both about gardening and running community gardens. They understand first-hand the needs of organisations and can tailor their advice to this. Our tips for the month is written by Cath from Welsh House Farm Green Grafters community gardening group. Cath not only has endless…

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Effective Watering Tips

Keeping plants well-watered is really important – it’s absolutely vital that they receive enough moisture every day in order to grow and thrive – and if there’s been no rain, it’s up to us to supply that water. Top tips Add organic material, such as well-rotted manure, when planting – this gives natural moisture-retentive properties…

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Make your own garden markers

With a busy spring sowing in the greenhouse and garden, once you’ve decided what you want to plant, it’s important to keep track of what you have planted where. While there are plenty of great plant labels available to buy, a fun way to keep yourself organised and reduce your plastic use is to make…

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Floral colour wheel using succession planting!

Introduction Whatever space you have available for growing and enjoying your plants, it’s important to get as much colour and value from the area, and the things growing in it, as possible. With many varieties of plant, regular dead-heading will prolong their blooming season, but with annual bedding plants there’s also another method to keep…

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