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The Gardener’s friend

The Gardener’s friend

Having rescued a petrified hedgehog from the idiotic dog from next door trying to bite it, prickles and all, I decided how to best treat my little hero (or herone I couldn’t tell). Fortunately R&R in a quiet nest of leaves with a dish of cat treats alongside soon had the hedgehog on its feet again, instead of curled in a trembling ball.

 I was delighted to actually see one as their numbers have declined dramatically. They now seek refuge in our gardens, eating slugs, beetles and caterpillars.

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Organic September

Organic September is an annual month-long campaign run by the Soil Association which aims to raise awareness of organic products. Whilst our focus is on seeds and organic growing (obviously) they also promote items like organic cotton bags to replace thoe plastic ones to carry home your lovely produce.  

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Don’t throw stones (or having a greenhouse)

This year I have gained a greenhouse. Free for collection including metal staging and pots and potting tables, it was in good condition, we dismantled and moved it in October/November last year. I spent a day cleaning the framework and the glass with a friend. We decided it was worth getting a professional to re-erect it rather than spending 3 days arguing over it! It was up in about 5 hours for a reasonable price. Well worth it! It’s not the first time I’ve had a greenhouse. The last one was some time ago and came with the house. I...

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RHS Tatton 2019 Highlights.

RHS Tatton 2019 Highlights. So what were the highlights of this years visit and did it meet my expectations? Even though I went on my own I had a lovely day browsing the gardens, plant stalls and displays and came away with much food for thought. What stood out was the information available; whether you are a beginner gardener or a more experienced one. Nursery displays, plant societies and the RHS advisors were all available and approachable for advice.  I enjoyed the Hungry Caterpillar theme which popped up in a variety of areas and different disguises.....   As a vegetable and...

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Plant Hunters Fairs

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Plant Hunters Fairs

Our gardens are in full flower, the soft fruit needs picking before the birds strip the bushes and you just can't eat enough lettuce; then a trip around the many horticultural shows and plant fairs is a welcome respite.

One coming up not too far from us is at the British Ironworks Centre, Oswestry on Sunday 28th July.  Free parking  - entry by donation in aid of Hope House Children's Hospice. A good source of plants, from nurseries in your locality so you know they should thrive in your own gardens, suitable for your soil conditions.  

Don't forget you will have to get them all home and planted out.

www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk

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