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Plant herbs in your Greenhouse

Plant herbs in your greenhouse and take advantage of their magical abilities to keep off pests and diseases, as well as looking pretty and giving you plenty of deliciously fragrant flavourings to pick for your cooking.

Deter unwanted Insects with Herbs

Essential oils from herbs have scents so powerful they can mask those of target plants, confusing predatory insects: others find flying through air fragrant with herbal oils an unsettling experience an...

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Summer Craft & Gift Fair 13th and 14th August

We will be holding our annual Summer Craft & Gift Fair on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August. There will be over 50 unique stalls with goods produced by local craftsmen including handmade jewellery, leather handbags, furniture, chutneys and cheeses, specialist coffees and teas. Tollgate Brewery will be there to quench your thirst. This is a fun day out for the whole family. The event will have live music to entertain visitors. T...

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The Met Office wants weather obsessed gardeners to help them improve their forecasts

The Met Office wants weather obsessed gardeners to help them improve their forecasts by installing small weather stations in the garden to predict thunderstorms and tell them when there’s a weather front on the way.

Calling all Weather Obsessed Gardeners

The country’s leading weather forecaster says its supercomputer – among the most technologically advanced in the world and able to carry out 16 trillion calculations a second – needs more dat...

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The Royal Horticultural Society needs your help!

The Royal Horticultural Society needs your help to identify which plants are best for pollinating insects like bees, lacewings and hoverflies.

A new research project carried out by the RHS in partnership with the University of Bristol is trying to identify the most commonly-planted pollinator-friendly plants, and assess how good UK gardens are for pollinators.

Fill out the RHS Survey this Summer

Gardeners can fill out an online survey this sum...

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The city of Belfast is coming up roses this week

The city of Belfast is coming up roses this week as the nation’s favourite flower takes central stage for the annual Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.

Annual Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

The world-famous rose gardens in the park, already home to 40,000 roses, are playing host to thousands of visitors with a full programme of activities, including music and entertainment for all the family. There are bee walks, floral art d...

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Sow some late veggies

Sow some late veggies now to keep your harvest coming till well into autumn and early winter. Although you’re picking like mad right now as the harvest builds to a peak, don’t be too quick to turn your back on your seed packets just yet. Canny gardeners know that today's generosity will dwindle after a month or so and turn into the late

August doldrums if you're not careful, when all your summer veg start running out of steam and the pickings drop away ra...

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The UK’s first garden devoted to air quality

The UK’s first garden devoted to air quality has been planted at Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Local schoolchildren planted the 6m x 8m (20ft x 26ft) garden, set up by the universities of Sheffield, York and Leeds and funded by the White Rose Universities Consortium. It contains plants which are particularly sensitive to ozone and nitrogen dioxide pollution such as lettuce, wheat, clover, common milkweed and coneflowers.

All will be monitored througho...

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Give your plants a pick-me- up with a midsummer feed

Give your plants a pick-me- up with a midsummer feed to take them through the rest of the season in tip-top health. After months of non-stop growth, levels of essential nutrients like nitrogen for leafy growth, root-promoting phosphorus and potassium for flowers and fruits are in short supply. In confined spaces like greenhouses and containers feeding is even more critical: multi-purpose compost runs out of nutrients after about six weeks, so your plants become enti...

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Cannova

How it all began

Canna is originally a plant from the tropics. You can find this exotic plant species in the tropical and subtropical regions of the “New World” of Latin America and even further down south in Northern Argentina. Even though all botanic Canna varieties are originally from the “New World”, various varieties can now be found in almost all subtropical and tropical regions across the world, as they have followed mankind on its trave...

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Carnivorous Sarracenia plant on display in Scottish Highlands

The new Savage Garden just opened at Inverewe Garden in Wester-Ross, in the Scottish Highlands has many interesting plants on show. Chief amongst the curious specimens on display include plants that smell like urine, eat flies and sport twisted red tongues.

The garden showcases carnivorous plants including the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula), whose diet consists of flies and small insects; the trumpet plant Sarracenia flava which uses the smell of uri...

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