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A weed-free strategy?

It may not be possible to entirely keep your garden free from weeds but if you need to keep winning the weed battle you need a strategy.

If you were to track every hour spent in your garden, you would probably find that you do an inordinate amount of weeding. And while the first few weeks of tearing up these intruders can prove mildly satisfying, the chore soon wears thin.

Even more maddening—you are a few simple strategies away from your garden not needing weeds anymore.

Find out how your garden could be Weed Free


earthing upGardening jobs in May

May sees the seasons changing again, with spring rolling into early summer. It is a glorious month, greener than any other, with potential still in the air with a danger of being overwhelmed with all the growth in the garden.

Read more about gardening jobs in May

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The creeping menace of the Turkey Oak

Fri, 19/05/2017 - 11:13

Mark Hinsley sees problems with the infiltration into our countryside of an Eastern oak which falls well below the standards set by its English counterpart.

Choosing which cucumbers to grow

Fri, 19/05/2017 - 11:08

Growing cucumber plants is really quite easy once you understand that there are two main types available, and these need different treatment to produce a good crop.

To bee or not to bee

Fri, 19/05/2017 - 10:57

Julie Elkin is a member of Devon Beekeepers and a course tutor for the North Devon training courses. Too many people think keeping bees is the only way to help honeybees.

More awards as Stewarts expand

Post date: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 11:24

Stewarts Garden Centres from Dorset have added another accolade to their impressive list of awards. The Dorset group with garden centres in Christchurch and Wimborne  have been rated the third best ‘Destination centre’ in UK and a centre of excellence.

10-a-day? No problem say Riverford

Post date: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 11:18

New research suggests we should be eating ten portions of fruit and vegetables a day to help live a longer life. To many that may sound like a lot, but Devon organic farmers and local veg box delivery scheme Riverford believe not. 

Hare we go again!

Post date: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 10:30

 Giant hares are set to be leaping across the Cotswolds, as part of the new Trail Festival.

Eighty five-foot sculptures will be in place across 20 towns and villages, nestling in hotel lobbies, tucked into shop doorways or taking centre stage on high streets.

Hilles House Open 24 Jul 2016

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 09:46 Post author: RedCrossHampshireIOW

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

Hilles House has a lovely, small arts-and-crafts garden, with spectacular views over the Vale of Severn that look towards the Black Mountains, Malverns and Shropshire Hills.

24 Jul 2016

Opening times

Entrance fees
Adults: £5.00.
Children under 12 free

Sezincote Open Garden 26 Jun 2016

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 09:40 Post author: RedCrossHampshireIOW

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

Sezincote is a unique and extraordinary Indian house set amid the Cotswold Hills. The architecture is in the Mogul style of Rajasthan. A curving orangery frames the Persian garden of paradise, with its fountain and canals. The house is within a romantic water garden, which is a fine example of the picturesque style – with pools, waterfalls, a grotto, and a temple to the Hindu Sun God. Sezincote was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion.

26 Jun 2016

Opening times:.


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Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 09:00 to Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 17:00
Pashley Manor Gardens Ticehurst East Sussex TN5 7HE United Kingdom


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Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00
Gilbert White & The Oates Collections Selborne United Kingdom


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Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00
Broad Street, West Street, East Street, Alresford United Kingdom
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