November in the Garden

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November is a mixed month in the garden. Warm, sunny days offer an ideal opportunity to get out into the garden and finish up important tasks, while frosty mornings warn about the season to come. Gardening tasks centre around maintenance and repair, as well as planting for next year’s growing season. Tidy borders Many annuals […]

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Useful Links

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Horticulture Courses – Directory of horticulture and gardening courses. Borders Connect – EGS is part of Borders Connect, one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. Gardening UK – online gardening magazine. Horticultural Journalism and Garden Writing Courses. Horticultural Therapy – accredited online training.

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Horticultural Peat and its Alternatives

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Peat is an organic material that forms in the waterlogged, sterile, acidic conditions of bogs and fens. These conditions favour the growth of mosses, especially sphagnum. As plants die, they do not decompose. Instead, the organic matter is laid down, and slowly accumulates as peat because of the lack of oxygen in the bog. This […]

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An Introduction to Wildlife Gardening

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First Steps Follow the advice below to begin attracting wildlife to your garden. Small changes can make a tremendous difference to the amount of wildlife attracted into your garden. For instance, by incorporating plants carrying scented flowers, seeds and berries (especially native plants) you will attract more birds, bees, butterflies, and many other desirable animals, […]

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Organic Gardening Principles

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Organic gardening involves the following principles: Treating the soil and growing environment as a resource to be husbanded for future generations, rather than mined for short-term gain. Providing plants with a balanced food supply by feeding the many creatures living within the soil with composts, manures and other organic materials. Choosing renewable resources, thereby creating […]

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