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Gas BBQ’s: 10 Buying Tips

What To Consider When Buying a Gas Barbecue? Summer is here, a few warm days and thoughts of barbecuing come to mind. Steaks and prawns, eggplant and zucchini sizzling on the grills ready for al fresco dining. Now, barbecuing habits vary hugely in different parts of the world. It is…

Best Plants For Summer Fragrance

Scented Plants In the Summer Garden Most gardeners rate colour as most important thing in the summer garden; that’s why seasonal bedding plants are so popular. They provide the colourful flowers we crave in pots and containers, beds and borders. But what about scent? For me the fragrance of flowers…

Summer Foliage For Flower Arranging

10 Best Garden Foliage Plants For Flower Arranging The garden can be a great source of foliage for flower arranging if you plant the right things. Whether you are arranging a few flowers in a vase in the house or decorating a church access to the right foliage is a…

How To Grow Clematis In Containers

Growing Clematis In Containers. Andy: I asked world famous Clematis grower and breeder and RHS Chelsea Gold Medallist Raymond Evison about growing clematis in pots and containers. His compact large-flowered clematis are real show stealers and I know they can be grown in pots and containers, making them ideal for…

How To Attract Butterflies Into Your Garden

Tips For Attracting Butterflies To Your Garden By midsummer we look forward to the butterflies that visit our garden. They seek out the flowers in the meadow to feed on nectar, and some use the grasses to lay their eggs upon. Others will rest and open their wings on the…

10 Things To Consider When Planning A Pergola

Garden Arches & Pergolas Arches and pergolas are popular garden features. We love the idea of this arbour feature draped in roses and honeysuckle or hanging in purple wisteria. Sadly the reality is often unlike the vision because the wrong structure is chosen, or it’s put in the wrong place….

Ponds: A Fast Track To Clear, Bright Water

How To Clean Your Pond With A Pond Vacuum. Post Sponsored By SwellUK . Over a period of any time a lot of sludge and debris builds up in your garden pond: fallen leaves, silt, remains of pond plants and waste from pond fish, especially if they predominate in the…

Companion Planting: Flowers To Grow With Vegetables

More Flowers To Grow With Vegetables Pt.2 Following my blog post of a couple of months ago on flowers to grow with vegetables http://www.my-garden-school.com/10-flowers-to-grow-with-vegetables/, I had so many valuable comments and ideas I thought I would share some with you. There is undoubtedly great interest in natural pest control and…

Hedge Shears: What to Buy & Where to Use Them

Choosing The Best Hedging Shears For most gardeners with a hedge, a power hedge trimmer has become the essential garden tool, rather than the traditional pair of hedging shears. This means that we often hang on to an old pair of shears that are blunt, awkward and tiring to use,…

A Passion For Cacti & Succulents

For many of us one of our first gardening experiences was that cactus on the windowsill. Often that one round, prickly plant formed the foundation of a small collection. A row of curious plants that had the ability to survive, even when we lost interest and moved on to other…