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Fun Ideas For Growing Your Own

A brilliant way of living more sustainably and helping to reduce your impact on the planet is to grow your own food - which may actually be a lot easier than you might at first think. The sense of achievement you’ll get when you plant your seeds, nurture them, watch them grow and then be able to pick the fruits of your labour (quite literally!) will keep you growing your own for years to come… and think about all the money you’ll save on fruit and veg if you do start producing your own food instead of going to the supermarket each week. Growing your own also means you won’t have nearly as much single-use plastic packaging to contend with and send to the recycling centre every week, so it really...

Pink Grasshopper Spotted In Gloucestershire Garden

Green-fingered enthusiasts are used to finding insects when they tend to their garden. However, one gardener found a very unique bug when she helped a family member out recently – a pink grasshopper. Kate Culley told South West News Service she spotted the rare insect at her grandmother’s garden in Gloucestershire. The 41-year-old was reported by AOL.co.uk as saying: “I was surprised – you don’t expect to see a pink grasshopper.” She went on to say: “It was unusual. I’ve never seen one like that before.” While Britain is not known for its brightly coloured grasshoppers, sightings of them have been recorded in the past. Victoria Hillman wrote a blog for National Geographic magazine in 2013, recalling how she and her research team came across not one but six pink grasshoppers. She had not anticipated seeing the bugs...

Protect Garden Furniture Ahead Of Weekend Floods

The UK is bracing itself for a washout weekend just a few days after the hottest August Bank Holiday on record. So make sure you cover up your summer garden furniture before the heavens open! Temperatures rose to 33.3C at Heathrow on Sunday (August 25th) and 33.2C on Monday, breaking previous records for the weekend. The last high temperature for August Bank Holiday Sunday was 28.2C in 2017, while mercury levels soared to 31.5C during Bank Holiday Monday in 2001. However, the sunshine has not lasted and Brits can expect heavy rains over the next few days, thanks to a huge Atlantic system heading towards the UK. BBC weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood was reported by The Express as predicting that winds could reach speeds of 45 miles per hour in Scotland and...

Protect Garden Furniture Ahead Of Weekend Floods

The UK is bracing itself for a washout weekend just a few days after the hottest August Bank Holiday on record. So make sure you cover up your summer garden furniture before the heavens open! Temperatures rose to 33.3C at Heathrow on Sunday (August 25th) and 33.2C on Monday, breaking previous records for the weekend. The last high temperature for August Bank Holiday Sunday was 28.2C in 2017, while mercury levels soared to 31.5C during Bank Holiday Monday in 2001. However, the sunshine has not lasted and Brits can expect heavy rains over the next few days, thanks to a huge Atlantic system heading towards the UK. BBC weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood was reported by The Express as predicting that winds could reach speeds of 45 miles per hour in Scotland and...

Do You Know How To Spot Knotweed?

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant that can cause substantial damage in and around your property if it’s not dealt with quickly and effectively. The Express recently explained that the plant is “highly destructive” and can cause damage to paving, roads and even buildings. But what is it and how can you spot it in your garden early? It has an extensive root system and it grows quickly, which is why it can cause so much damage. It can grow up to seven metres horizontally underground, and up to two metres deep. The experts at gardeningexpress.co.uk offered some advice about how to identify it. Chris Bonnet from the company explained that it has heart-shaped leaves and flowers in summer or early autumn, producing creamy white blooms. Another tell-tale sign to look out for are red...

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