Grow Your Own

  1. A Potting Shed is a Joy to Own

    A Potting Shed is a Joy to Own

    Potting sheds are perfect for people who love gardening. They offer the benefits of a traditional shed and with an important addition – they’re a great place to nurture plants.

    Read on and find out more.

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  2. A Seasonal Guide to the Greenhouse

    If you're interested in growing your own fruit and veg, this seasonal guide explaining what to grow and do in the greenhouse at each stage of the year will be of great help.

    One of the most valuable assets any gardener may possess is a greenhouse.  For those gardeners fortunate enough to have one, the growing season can be extended.  This enables gardeners to make the best use of the sun for longer periods of time. 

    A wide range of fruit and ve

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  3. A Guide to Feeding Plants in the Garden

    A Guide to Feeding Plants in the Garden

    It’s been a great growing season up to now with plenty of rain and a good dollop of sun. Soil and compost are getting tired and some are struggling to keep up with the demands of voracious root systems. Feeding time! 

    Plants in containers concern me most as you cannot get the natural interaction between soil organisms and roots required for the best healthy and sustainable growth. A little bit extra is needed. But even plants in natural soil can starve th

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  4. A Guide to Raised Beds and Garden Planters

    A Guide to Raised Beds and Garden Planters

    Get Planting with Raised Beds and Planters

    As we finally welcome warmer weather, it's the favourite time of year for most gardeners. And it’s raised beds and containers that allow gardeners across the UK to get ahead of the game.

    Both can help with earlier sowing and planting and are easy to protect if any cold weather dares to head back. Get the best from your beds and pots by following a few guidelines.

    Raised Beds

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  5. It is the Year of The Potting Shed – Don’t Be Left Without One

    It is the Year of The Potting Shed – Don’t Be Left Without One

    The Year of the Potting Shed

    Sitting somewhere between a conventional shed and a greenhouse, the potting shed was for too long overlooked and undervalued.

    Homeowners, searching for a strong and hardwearing garden storage facility, traditionally turned to its alpha-male big brother, the conventional shed, to satisfy their needs.

    Gardeners, desperate to secure those few extra degrees of winter heat for their beloved plants, typically found themselves seduced by the glamour

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  6. Prepare Your Greenhouse for Winter

    Prepare Your Greenhouse for Winter

    As winter’s frosty jaws bite deeper into the soft underbelly of autumn, now is the time to get your greenhouse sorted. No one wants tender plants to be savaged by the cold. Obviously.

    Choose a relatively warm, dry day and get everything out of your greenhouse. Give all staging a wash down with soapy water including the glazing. Pay particular attention to the nooks and crannies or anywhere that bugs can overwinter. Let it all dry and then put your plants back in. Diseases will be reduced a

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  7. An Interview with The National Allotment Society

    An Interview with The National Allotment Society

    Earlier this month, we spoke to our friends at The National Allotment Society about National Allotment Week, the benefits of keeping allotments, and how The National Allotment Society works to provide, promote and preserve allotments.

    Find out all about their work, as well as how and why you should get involved in National Allotment Week this

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  8. The Best Herb Planters for This Year

    The Best Herb Planters for This Year

    Nothing beats the taste and aroma of freshly picked herbs especially when they have travelled food metres and not miles. A herb planter placed in a sunny spot outside your kitchen door will provide handfuls if not armfuls of herbs for many months of the year.

    Whichever herb planter you choose, ensure it has plenty of drainage holes and is planted up using well-drained compost. Add extra grit until you hear the crunch when mixing. Drainage and a sunny site is vital to the success of your

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  9. The Best Wooden Greenhouses

    The Best Wooden Greenhouses

    The look, smell and sheer beauty of a wooden greenhouse is one of life's greatest pleasures. Superbly practical with inherent good looks - a wooden greenhouse is a structure to cherish.

    Here are a few of our best greenhouses:

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  10. What are the Benefits of a Lean to Greenhouse?

    What are the Benefits of a Lean to Greenhouse?

    Your Guide to Buying a Lean to Greenhouse

    A greenhouse makes so much more of the gardening year: you can start growing early in spring; you can finish late in autumn; and you can keep things looking great over winter.

    But a greenhouse can take up a lot of space. You do after all need a few feet all around a traditional greenhouse for maintenance and to allow light into the structure. So, if you want a greenhouse but are limited on space, look no

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