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Is Your Fence Ready For The Winter Weather?

We all know that the chances of stormy weather increase as we move into autumn and weather, but one organisation is predicting a particularly stormy few months for the UK. According to AccuWeather, the final months of 2017 are likely to be the stormiest on record, with the meteorologists predicting that no fewer than seven named storms will hit the UK by Christmas. Last year, we had three named storms in the UK before the festive season, and the year before there were five. If AccuWeather is right, we could be in for some periods of heavy rain and strong winds - all of which can wreak havoc with our garden fences. So, now is the time to assess the state of your fences and to get some help with fencing in Lancashire if you don’t think...

Time To Prep To Grow Your Own Veg?

With autumn beginning and winter not feeling too far off, you could be forgiven for thinking that this isn’t the best time to get out in your garden and start planting - but according to Alan Titchmarsh there’s plenty you can be doing even at this time of year. Writing for the Express, the gardener revealed that onion and garlic are particularly good things to plant at this time of the year, as they can grow over the winter when other veg plants don’t survive. Another reason to put the time in now to plant onion and garlic bulbs is because they’ll be ready to harvest “when fresh-season supplies are at their most expensive in the shops”, Mr Titchmarsh explained. If you don’t have a dedicated vegetable patch in your garden at the moment, now could...

Top Tips To Grow Hard To Source Herbs

The green fingered can now make their gardening in Lancashire efforts even more delicious by growing unusual herbs. Former presenter of Tomorrow's World Judith Hann, who now runs courses on growing herbs you cannot buy in the supermarket, revealed some of her top tips to the BT Lifestyle blog. Starting with hyssop, this easy-to-grow herb thrives alongside thyme and marjoram, as it likes sunny, dry areas. It has thin, spicy leaves that are refreshingly fragrant and flowers in late summer. Sorrel - a much-loved British perennial - goes well with fish and chicken and can be added raw to a mixed salad. It is a good permanent fixture in the herb garden, requiring cutting back when the seedheads form. Lovage is spicy and celery-like and grows up to 6 ft tall. It is best the plant is...

Natural Ways To Tackle Weeds And Pests

When you’ve splashed out on paving in Lancashire, the last thing you want is for your new patio or pathway to be overrun by weeds. It can be tempting to reach for a can of weed killer and let the chemicals do the work, but given that we’re understanding more and more how damaging these products are for the environment, it’s better to try an eco-friendly alternative. Luckily, the range of environmentally sound ways to tackle weeds and other pests has increased in recent years and an article in the Telegraph highlighted some of the most effective products on the market. To remove weeds, the most effective option is to get in there and pull them up. Around paving where it can be tough to reach the roots, a garden scraper by WOLF-Garten is recommended....

‘Leave Dandelions, Save Bees’, Says Monty Don

When you enlist the help of the best providers of gardening Lancashire has to offer, you no doubt want a beautiful and weed-free garden at the end of the process. However, TV garden expert Monty Don has called for gardeners to save one particular kind of weed for a very important reason. According to The Telegraph, Monty wrote for BBC Gardener's World magazine that gardeners should allow a little 'disorder' in the garden and allow the likes of dandelions to find root in order to provide better food for the country's ailing bee population. He goes on to explain that those keen to help the now desperate plight of the bees should looked to native species, which local bees prefer to more exotic blooms. ““It used to be thought that it didn’t matter where...