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10 uses for your old Christmas tree

10 uses for your old Christmas tree

We all look forward to decorating our Christmas tree but now that Christmas is over it’s time it comes down. Real trees are as popular as ever but rather than just bin it why not recycle your tree to get some extra use out of…
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The new home renovation tax relief could be worth exploring if you’re carrying out work on your home

The new home renovation tax relief could be worth exploring if you’re carrying out work on your home

  When the Budget was announced last October, it’s fair to say that people didn’t have a lot to look forward to in it. One definite positive was the new home renovation tax relief, which offers people savings of 13.5% for work in their homes.…

4 x 4 Tips for summer gardening

  Summer is a very busy period for most gardeners, lots to do, including maintenance, planting and watering. The growing months of May, June, July and August is a very challenging period, if left unchecked, a garden can rapidly deteriorate. Weeds can quickly become established…

Growing Apple Trees

  Choosing tree shape Apple Varieties Site and soil Planting Training Feeding Apple Trees Picking Weeds, pests and diseases Pruning Winter pruning Summer pruning Unfruitful and neglected trees Re-grafting old trees Fruit thinning Choosing tree shape Tree shape should be chosen to suit the garden.…

Plums & Cherries

  Site and soil Varieties Training and Pruning Feeding Thinning and Picking Weeds, Pests and Diseases Site and soil Plums and cherries are closely related, have similar requirements and similar problems. Both kinds flower early; plums a little early before cherries. This means that they…

Happy with Herbs

  The great thing about Herbs is that they can be grown practically anywhere in the garden, but best in the sun. If grown in free draining soil, they will reward you with a delightful display of aromatic and colourful foliage. Little wonder that more…

Trees for a Small Garden

  The paperbark maple (Acer griseum, height to 12m/40ft) is a beautiful small Chinese tree with shining cinnibar-red peeling bark, magical when slivers of bark are backlit by the sun. Birches give a lovely airy effect, the fluttering leaves casting a veil rather than a…