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Roses are Red and Charitable Too

I am miffed  that the Royal National Rose Society has gone into administration (May 2017). Originally formed in 1876 it owns land in St Albans but finds annual running costs onerous. As small compensation here are details about a couple of charitable red roses. This rose was bred in 2000 by Harkness roses and named […]

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Garden Advice to a Daughter

These notes are designed as advice to a daughter who has just moved into a 1920’s house with a long, narrow back garden and a postage stamp sized front grass patch. Current Layout and Issues The front is open to cats and the quiet road with a footpath at one side leading to the door, […]

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Photographs from Our 2000 Posts

This is Gardeners Tips 2,000 extant post since April 2008. I have lost count how many photographs and images have been included but here are just a few repeats. In addition to our own images we would like to thank creative commons and other organisations that helped with contributions as we were starting out. Around […]

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Minimum Cultivation- No Dig

What is ‘No Dig’ ‘No Dig’ gardening or not turning over your soil is  growing in popularity with organic farmers and some gardeners. It is a term used for clearing the ground and establishing a minimum cultivation area without digging. The substitute for digging is mulching.  The garden may be covered with paper or cardboard […]

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New Design Ideas to Green Grey Britain

Where to Get New Garden Ideas Your own imagination is the prime source of ideas for your own personal garden.  If you can’t get to Chelsea there are other horticultural and flower shows and many  open gardens. Magazines, newspapers and books can spark off a new thought or provide a combination of ideas. Just walking […]

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What is the RHS Good For?

Diarmuid Gavin Garden Recreated I declare an interest as I have a love hate relationship with the Royal Horticultural Society. As a national institution and registered charity I would prefer if it were more inclusive and less overtly commercial. Since rejoining after a few years break I expected to start this note on the negatives […]

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Compost Corner Experiences

This is a view of a corner in my Yorkshire garden that shows some recycling activity. I have tried various compost bin methods over the years. Initially I started with an open pile which was untidy and slow. At about this time I acquired a shredder which chopped up brown twiggy waste but only  squelched […]

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Carnation Street

  Green fingers held this wet carnation still for a photograph of the captivating colour scheme. I have loved carnations for over 60 years but never really got on top of growing or breeding for showing. Carnations through the Ages Dianthus caryophyllus have been around for over 2000 years well known to the ancient Greeks. […]

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