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Tips and Advice

Tips For February

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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Ambassador Q&A | Steve Purton

Our Cultivation Street network is made up of hundreds of individuals. We come across such great characters and personalities, all of whom add value to the Cultivation Street network. We thought it would be interesting to shine a light on a few of these characters here on our blog. We had a quick question and…

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Plant For February | Dogwood

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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Winter vegetables

by Kirsty Ward The nights are drawing in, the mornings have a chill and the bobble hat is securely on when I’m down on my allotment now. We are heading into winter but that doesn’t mean that the allotment needs to come to a stop, there are always lots of jobs to be doing and…

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Reviving the school garden after the holidays!

Unless you’ve been lucky enough to have plenty of volunteers tending your school garden over the holidays, you’ll likely have a lot of work on your hands when the new school year begins. You may even be tempted to leave the garden until spring—but if you do, you could miss out on some great growing…

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Tricks to hide your wheelie bin

Where would we be without our beloved wheelie bins? Long gone are the small, lift-and-carry bins of old, replaced by these gloriously practical, gigantic bins on wheels. There’s just one small problem… wheelie bins aren’t exactly the prettiest things to have gracing your front lawn. Wheelie bin storage units and woven screens If you have…

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Enjoy the outdoors- Clean Air Day 2018!

It’s a well-known fact that being out in the fresh air is good for both mind and body, and what better reason to get outdoors and enjoy exploring somewhere new than Clean Air Day (21st June 2018). No matter where you live, there’s a national park waiting to be explored that’s not too far away…

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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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Companion Planting

Companion planting is an old favourite. It’s a brilliant idea – growing one plant near to another, to increase productivity, visual effect or plant health overall – but how can we apply the idea to our own gardens, window boxes or allotments? If you’re growing flowers, fruit or vegetables, you’ll have known the disappointment when…

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Adding Summer colours to borders

If your borders are less than beautiful now that the glorious summer months are here, don’t panic – there are plenty of quick-fix and longer-lasting options to brighten them up! Adding colour is so easily done, and it’s super-easy to choose your favourites at this time of year, now that summer-flowering varieties are in full…

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