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3:08pm Friday 6th December 2013
2:30pm Friday 29th November 2013
2:29pm Friday 29th November 2013
2:28pm Friday 29th November 2013
Complete the pruning of bush fruits as soon as possible, remembering to leave late-fruiting raspberries until February. If you are doing any late turfing, protect the ground to be worked on and any stacked turf from frost by covering it with fleece.
2:27pm Friday 29th November 2013
2:27pm Friday 29th November 2013
3:39pm Friday 22nd November 2013
3:40pm Friday 22nd November 2013
12:07pm Friday 15th November 2013
12:06pm Friday 15th November 2013
THEIR spine-tipped leaves make them an ideal deterrent for burglars, especially when grown as a flowering hedge, but there are many other good points for growing berberis too. Their yellow or burnt orange flowers in late spring are followed by red or purple berries in autumn and many of the deciduous types are a sight to behold at this time, when their leaves turn fiery shades.
12:05pm Friday 15th November 2013
12:05pm Friday 15th November 2013
THEY’VE already, deservedly, won a Red Dot international design award and anyone who wants a comfortable grip when pruning should try the new Fiskars P100 Quantum Bypass Pruner with its unusual cork handles.
12:04pm Friday 15th November 2013
1:18pm Friday 8th November 2013
1:17pm Friday 8th November 2013
1:16pm Friday 8th November 2013
1:15pm Friday 8th November 2013
12:08pm Friday 1st November 2013
12:07pm Friday 1st November 2013
YOU should now be picking autumn cauliflowers which have formed a good-sized head. These create delicious cauliflower cheese or you can use them raw in salads, or as a crudite for dips, or you can even add them to pickles for Christmas.
12:06pm Friday 1st November 2013
IF YOU want a bit of wow factor in your garden in autumn, look no further than the Katsura tree, or candyfloss tree as it is sometimes known, which showers you in a sea of yellow, pink, orange and red leaves as autumn progresses.
12:05pm Friday 1st November 2013
NATURE’S Feast has launched a new range of seed blends to help customers get even closer to the birds in their garden. The Everyday 4 Seed Blend, Supreme 8 Seed Blend and No Mess 12 Seed Blend have been developed to help attract the widest variety of birds into the garden.
12:04pm Friday 1st November 2013
3:51pm Friday 25th October 2013
4:05pm Friday 18th October 2013
4:30pm Friday 11th October 2013
4:17pm Friday 4th October 2013
At New Shildon, in the Mechanics' Hall, on Monday night, a meeting was held, to commemorate the anniversary of the opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, which occurred on the 27th of September, 1825.
4:12pm Friday 4th October 2013
4:11pm Friday 4th October 2013
IT’S delicious with roast beef and all the trimmings, but also goes well with smoked salmon and other strong-flavoured fish, adding a hot shot to any meal. Some gardeners veer away from this plant because it can be invasive, with roots that come back when they’ve broken off. The solution is to grow it in a pot or bottomless bucket in rich, fertile ground with added organic matter.
4:10pm Friday 4th October 2013
4:09pm Friday 4th October 2013
3:03pm Friday 27th September 2013
3:02pm Friday 27th September 2013
THESE excellent perennials are at their best in late summer and autumn, and their succulent foliage is a great backdrop to their plates of colourful flowers, in shades ranging from white to deep pink.
3:01pm Friday 27th September 2013
It may be widely available in supermarkets these days, but kohlrabi, a member of the cabbage family and a continental relative of the turnip producing an edible swollen stem above ground, deserves a place in the vegetable plot.
3:00pm Friday 27th September 2013
12:29pm Friday 20th September 2013
12:27pm Friday 20th September 2013
IF YOU grow fuchsias you may have noticed that after the flowers come shiny purple berries, which are actually edible. All fuchsias produce berries, although some varieties have much better tasting fruit than others.
12:26pm Friday 20th September 2013
ANYONE fed up with planting the same old bulbs should take a look at the new range from Thompson & Morgan which includes Tulipa ‘Double Flaming Bird’, a hugely flamboyant tulip, which is twice the size of most other tulips and boasts stunningly coloured petals which give the impression of a huge bowl of exotic colour.
12:25pm Friday 20th September 2013
3:07pm Friday 13th September 2013
AFTER a summer of being dried out by heat and trampled on by outdoor activities, your lawn may be looking a bit tired. If you want to restore any bare patches, or are even thinking of sowing a completely new lawn, early autumn is a good time to do it.
2:49pm Friday 6th September 2013
2:35pm Friday 23rd August 2013
COMING back recently from a break in the beautiful region of Tuscany, Italy where fields of bright sunflowers contrast with green rolling hills, vineyards and postcard-perfect farmhouses, I felt pretty depressed - until I looked into my garden, and saw a riot of colour in my late-summer border.
3:15pm Friday 16th August 2013
ADAM Frost has already urged people to think about wildlife at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, but the gold medal-winning garden designer isn't done with his campaigning yet. He is now urging parents to get their children into the great outdoors this summer and help reverse the decline of British wildlife.
2:34pm Friday 9th August 2013
OUR sweltering July probably prompted many gardeners to reach for the hosepipe. In fact, according to The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), less than 3% of the annual water consumption of an average household is estimated to be from garden use, but at peak demand times as much as 70% of water supplied may be used in gardens.
3:31pm Friday 2nd August 2013
3:07pm Friday 26th July 2013
IT’S the same every year; the garden reaches its peak with borders bursting into bloom, patio plants beginning their dazzling displays, and fruits swelling in the vegetable garden – and then you go on holiday for two weeks...
4:30pm Friday 19th July 2013
ANYONE enjoying a ‘staycation’ this summer should make the most of a wealth of gardens open to the public, from National Trust properties to privatelyowned country estates, royal parks and RHS treasure troves of colour.
2:48pm Friday 12th July 2013
SHE’S banged the drum for the Gurkhas, she’s the ambassador for an initiative to combat climate change and waste – but most recently, actress and keen gardener Joanna Lumley has turned her attentions to the plight of the humble butterfly.
2:58pm Friday 5th July 2013
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2:40pm Wednesday 26th June 2013
TUCKED between a forge and a farm cottage, among the hilly countryside which leads to the slopes of the Pennines, and just a short drive off the A66 in Ravensworth, is the “secret blacksmith’s garden” belonging to Enid and Peter Wilson.