Top Tips and How To

  1. The August Garden Guide

    The August Garden Guide

    August is the last full month of summer and one of the warmest of the year.

    As well as continuing with some of July’s tasks, you will need to address other areas of your garden too.  

    Here are our top 10 tips to help you make the most of your August garden and to ensure you retain plenty of interest as we move into autumn.

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    Top 10 August Gardening Tips

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  2. The July Garden Guide

    The July Garden Guide

    July is often the warmest month of the year and your plants will be relying on you to help them cope with the hotter, drier conditions.

    Here are our top 10 tips for ensuring that your July garden remains in good shape and that you continue to enjoy those magnificent blooms.


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    Top 10 July Gardening Tips

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  3. The June Gardening Guide

    The June Gardening Guide

    In June, the warmer days and extra daylight hours encourage a surge of growth in your garden, but to fully appreciate those summer blooms you need to keep on top of everything.

    Here are our top 10 tips for making the most of your June garden and ensuring that it remains in good shape for when we enter the second half of the year.

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    Top 10 June Gardening Tips

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  4. A Beginner’s Guide to Allotments

    A Beginner’s Guide to Allotments

    You’ve had your name on the waiting list for months, you get the phone call and – yes! - you are, at last, an allotment holder. Now you need to plan. 

    The Small Print 

    The first thing is to check over your assigned allotment to ensure all is good. Ask the council (if council owned) or site representative if any extra services are available. Some will rotavate plots free of charge - but only do this if the plot is weed free. Otherwise you will be propagating mare’s tail, bindweed and couch grass. 

    Check the local rules and regs. There won't be anything too daunting but they should answer questions regarding bonfires, water use, upkeep and any discounts at local shops. 

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  5. Which Garden Building is Best for Me?

    Which Garden Building is Best for Me?

    Choosing a Garden Building 

    As any homeowner and Buy Sheds Direct website regular will know, nowadays there is a huge choice of garden buildings for sale, ranging in size from compact storage units to giant garages, and encompassing all sorts of wonderful greenhouses,

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  6. Climbing Plants for Arbours

    Climbing Plants for Arbours

    Unclothed, an arbour adds beautiful structure and presence to any garden. Acting as a focal point, it’s somewhere for your eye to stop - a full stop in a garden design. 

    Drape plants over your arbour and it becomes an oasis of perfume on sultry summer evenings and an enchanting hideaway to enjoy a few precious relaxing moments in a day. A place to plot, perhaps, or even engage in illicit trysts? 

    So, get that arbour clothed right now!







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  7. Looking After Your Garden in A Heatwave - Take Care, It’s Hot Out There

    Looking After Your Garden in A Heatwave - Take Care, It’s Hot Out There

    Hotter than Tahiti, Brazil and Cor-phew! Headlines scream ‘heatwave’ as gardens plead for help. It is warm and dry so here's what to do to keep things happy in the garden: 

    Water, obviously, is required and in the absence of rain your hosepipe will be on red alert. Use water wisely and only water plants that need water! Established trees and shrubs will be fine in the dry weather but baskets, containers and anything newly planted will need your help. And leave your lawn alone as, yes, it will turn beige but equally, yes, it will turn green when it rains again. 


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  8. Top 5 UK Gardening Blogs

    Top 5 UK Gardening Blogs

    No longer do gardeners have to spend their weekends and evenings trawling through the age-hardened pages of endless magazines, or struggle with heavy, outdated textbooks just to find the answer to a simple horticultural question. In today’s world, thanks to the wonders of the internet, a quick search yields thousands of results in mere seconds. Atop Google’s results for all things flowers and vegetables? The UK’s premier gardening and allotment blogs, of course. 

    Is there a better way of discovering the tried and tested tricks of the trade, the old tips, and the new ideas, than spending a quiet moment or two reading the musings of experienced gardeners, conveniently condensed into relatable, entertaining articles? We think not. We’ve done our research and analysed dozens of different blogs to find our favourites; why not take the time

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  9. 6 Top Tips for Container Gardening

    6 Top Tips for Container Gardening

    Do yourself a favour and get a container:

    Here’s a bold statement for a sunny afternoon - any plant can be grown in a container. You just need to keep in mind a few gardening tips and tricks and all will be well. In fact, better than ‘well.’ They will be stunning.


    Follow a few key principles and you can grow any plant in a container


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  10. Preparing Your Vegetable Plot for Grow-Your-Own Bliss

    Preparing Your Vegetable Plot for Grow-Your-Own Bliss

    As the sap rises, we all get the itch to garden. That itch turns to an urge around the end of March and many plunge headlong into the wonderful world of Grow Your Own come April. But to be successful, vegetable plots have to be ready. They have to be prepared to accept our plantings and receive our seed. So, if your plot is overgrown and untidy, get a few things straight before ploughing on. 






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