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  • This time of year is brilliant for propagating a wide range of shrubs from semi-ripe cuttings. To find out all you need to know to do it for yourself, check…

  • How are your plants performing this year? Are they strong and healthy and flowering their heads off - or are they sickly with yellowing leaves? After one of…

  • According to the people that know about these things, fewer UK gardeners regard themselves as being "organic". This is interesting - and I wonder if it is…

  • In the June issue of Which? Gardening, there is a story about: Is old compost sabotaging your plants? This refers to garden retailers stocking old bags of…

  • When I talk to people about secateurs, it's amazing what people know - and don't know about using them. First comes the basic choice - anvil or bypass models.…

  • When I give my propagation talk to gardening clubs, I get out a tatty, small white tub and start sprinkling a white powder into the lid. I tell the audience…

  • International Compost Awareness Week 2014 finishes on May 11th and it got me thinking. I'm sure the GreenPlantSwap growers have their own favourite compost for…

  • Basal cuttings

    Spring is a great time to propagate a number of herbaceous perennials from basal cuttings. You can take them from perennials that make multiple stems from the…

  • Spring (March to May) is a great time to take softwood cuttings from a range of plants. These include fuchsias, pelargoniums and other half-hardy perennial…

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