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WHAT SIZE CONTAINER DO I NEED?

The good news is that almost all vegetables and herbs, and many fruit, can be grown in containers. No matter what type of container you select – terracotta, plastic or even grow-bags – you can grow a garden, even if your garden space is limited. The secret to successful container gardening rests on selecting the

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GROW YOUR TOMATOES BETTER

Tomatoes are undoubtedly the most widely-grown vegetable, but there is some confusion as to types of tomatoes, hybrid vs heirlooms, to prune or not, how much space they need, the best staking method, the list goes on. In this blog, we’ll dig deeper into tomatoes, and see how you can grow your tomatoes better. No

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FRIEND OR FOE?

I do touch on COMPANION PLANTING in my book – CONTAINER AND RAISED BED GARDENING FOR BEGINNERS AND BEYOND.  However, there have been numerous questions about this in our Facebook group – Container and Raised Bed Gardening – and I thought it would be worthwhile exploring this fascinating topic in more detail. It’s important to

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SCRUMPTIOUS SCONES

When I first arrived in the States, I was surprised to see the scones available in coffee shops and bakeries. Gone were the plain, round scones topped with jam (aka jelly in the States) and cream with which I was familiar. Instead, scones in America, at least in my neck of the woods, tend to

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SPOTLIGHT ON SWEET PEAS

It’s too early for planting sweet pea seed, but it’s not too early to start thinking about ordering your favorite variety. In fact, now is the perfect time to peruse seed catalogs. Order early and avoid disappointment – the popular varieties will sell out quickly! Renee’s Garden, our specialist seed supplier, boasts a selection of

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5 mistakes to avoid with your raised bed

  As tempting as it may be to get your new raised bed up and running, you really want to spend some time planning it; there are a couple of very important mistakes to avoid. 1. YOUR RAISED BED IS NOT PROPERLY ORIENTATED If possible, raised beds should be orientated north to south. This will

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