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Garden Re-Leaf raised a whopping £140,000 for charity

It’s been revealed that Garden Re-Leaf raised a whopping £140,000 for charity this year – the most successful yet.

Success for Garden Re-Leaf day

Garden Re-Leaf (www.gardenreleaf.co.uk) is a nationwide fundraising effort by garden centres all over the country, raising money through green-fingered events. This spring – the fifth Garden Re-Leaf Day – saw garden centre staff and customers joining in on dozens of events including 24-hour ‘plant-a- thons...

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Pick off male cucumber flowers once a week

Pick off male cucumber flowers once a week to avoid your cucumbers turning bitter. Most greenhouse cucumber plants produce both male and female flowers – it’s easy to tell the difference as male flowers have simple stalks while female flowers have miniature fruits forming behind the petals.

To avoid a bitter tasting Cucumber, pick off male flowers once a week

If you allow the male flowers to develop and pollinate the female flowers, the fruits that d...

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Gardeners can play a key role in preventing flooding

Gardeners can play a key role in preventing flooding after heavy rain, according to the RHS which is calling on everyone with a garden to do their bit to soak up excess rainwater.

Help prevent Flooding after heavy rain

Torrential rain and thunderstorms have caused flash flooding in the south-east this summer, and extreme weather events are set to become increasingly common. Yet gardens can play a massive role in reducing the risk of flooding by soaki...

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Plant herbs in your greenhouse

Plant herbs in your greenhouse and take advantage of their magical abilities to keep off pests and diseases, as well as looking pretty and giving you plenty of deliciously fragrant flavourings to pick for your cooking.

Deter unwanted Insects with Herbs

Essential oils from herbs have scents so powerful they can mask those of target plants, confusing predatory insects: others find flying through air fragrant with herbal oils an unsettling experience an...

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Calling all Weather Obsessed Gardeners

The Met Office wants weather obsessed gardeners to help them improve their forecasts by installing small weather stations in the garden to predict thunderstorms and tell them when there’s a weather front on the way.

Calling all Weather Obsessed Gardeners

The country’s leading weather forecaster says its supercomputer – among the most technologically advanced in the world and able to carry out 16 trillion calculations a second – needs more data than t...

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The Royal Horticultural Society needs your help!

The Royal Horticultural Society needs your help to identify which plants are best for pollinating insects like bees, lacewings and hoverflies.

A new research project carried out by the RHS in partnership with the University of Bristol is trying to identify the most commonly-planted pollinator-friendly plants, and assess how good UK gardens are for pollinators.

Fill out the RHS Survey this Summer

Gardeners can fill out an online survey this sum...

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Sow some late veggies now

Sow some late veggies now to keep your harvest coming till well into autumn and early winter. Although you’re picking like mad right now as the harvest builds to a peak, don’t be too quick to turn your back on your seed packets just yet. 

Canny gardeners know that today's generosity will dwindle after a month or so and turn into the late August doldrums if you're not careful, when all your summer veg start running out of steam and the ...

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Give your plants a pick-me- up with a midsummer feed

Give your plants a pick-me- up with a midsummer feed to take them through the rest of the season in tip-top health. After months of non-stop growth, levels of essential nutrients like nitrogen for leafy growth, root-promoting phosphorus and potassium for flowers and fruits are in short supply. In confined spaces like greenhouses and containers feeding is even more critical: multi-purpose compost runs out of nutrients after about six weeks, so you...

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Sarracenia Plant on display in Scottish Highlands

The new Savage Garden just opened at Inverewe Garden in Wester-Ross, in the Scottish Highlands has many interesting plants on show. Chief amongst the curious specimens on display include plants that smell like urine, eat flies and sport twisted red tongues.

The garden showcases carnivorous plants including the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula), whose diet consists of flies and small insects; the trumpet plant Sarracenia flava which uses the smell of urine to...

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County Donegal has become the second county to create its own community garden network

County Donegal has become the second county to create its own community garden network following a call for more local organisations by the national Community Garden Network of Ireland.

The new network is now mapping all community gardens in the county and plans to organise networking events throughout the year to showcase what members have been growing and also open the gardens to local people as well as artists and musicians. Co Carlow is so far the only ot...

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