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Gardening Jobs For The Summer

As the warmer months arrive, it’s a good time to take stock of the garden and think about what you would like to get from it over the next few months before the days get noticeably shorter again, and autumn arrives once more. The summer solstice is on 21 June every year, giving us over 17 hours between sunrise and sunset, which means there is much more sunlight on your garden, and provision must be made to take care of your plants. Here we have some tips for gardening this summer: Take aubrietia cuttings three inches long and remove the bottom two inches of leaves, then insert in a 50/50 sharp sand and seed compost mix. Keep the box shaded and protected from cats. They should root in four weeks. Place greenhouse ferns in a shady part...

How To Enjoy Gardening And Keep Hayfever At Bay

So many people have turned to gardening as a new hobby during the coronavirus lockdown, and while it is a great pastime with so many benefits, for the 13 million hay fever sufferers in the UK, the spring and summer months can be a challenge.

If you’ve been a purchased your pots and seeds and the essential gardening tools, and want to benefit from being able to work in the garden, then we have some tips to help hay fever sufferers enjoy a beautiful garden.

Keeping the lawn short during the summer months helps to prevent the growth of lawn flowers and means less grass pollen is released into the air.

Flower diversity is...

How To Keep Your Decking In Good Condition

Now that the weather’s improved, it’s the perfect time to take a look at your decking to see if it needs any care and attention. Doing it now, during the summer months, means that it will be able to weather the winter far better and you won’t have to be out in the wind and rain, fixing problems. Start by cleaning your deck area, giving it a good sweep from top to bottom. Look through the boards to see if there’s any debris that needs removing and if you find anything, use a screw-in hook in the end of a broom and drag it through the cracks to lift it out. Once you’ve finished sweeping, you can get the pressure washer out and give the decking...

Tips For Getting Your Vegetable Garden Growing

If the lockdown means you’re running short on new Netflix series to binge, and you’ve mastered your sourdough bread making skills, then bear in mind that they’re not the only COVID-19 lockdown pastimes. Masses of people in both urban and rural areas have had the urge to grow vegetables, and even if space is limited, there are options for growing healthy veg in a container on a balcony. For anyone looking at a tiny patio and wondering if it is even possible, the good news is that it’s easier than you think. Vegetables are essentially the weeds of the plant world. They are annual plants; they occur in the wild, they’re opportunistic, and they will germinate in disturbed soil. They grow fast and easy. They don’t have much time and most grow for just one...