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New RHS report confirms social cohesion of Britain's neighbourhoods. PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 15 November 2011 01:44

A report launched today (16 November 2011) by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), has found that the lives and livelihoods of individuals up and down the country have been radically transformed, thanks to the community gardening campaign RHS Britain in Bloom, supported by Anglian Home Improvements.

The report, entitled Britain in Bloom: transforming local communities, looks at how participating in Britain in Bloom has turned around the fortunes of places such as Nottingham, Brightlingsea and Manchester. Based on the results of 231 community gardening groups which responded to an RHS survey, and an in-depth look at 11 neighbourhoods, towns and cities across the UK, the report identifies four impacts of the campaign: the transformational, economic, social and environmental.

Toad Appeal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 October 2011 16:34

Toad Appeal


The Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts are asking bonfire night celebrators to look out for toads and frogs before they light their fires.

“People tend to check for hedgehogs in the wood they have gathered for their fire,” says Andrew Halstead, Principal RHS Entomologist. “But it is equally likely that toads, frogs and newts will have found shelter in these piles and might be missed. Toads and frogs play an important role as predators in the garden and should be encouraged.”

In Autumn hedgehogs, frogs, newts and toads search for places to hibernate and piles of wood for bonfires can appear to be ideal hibernating spots. Both charities advise that fires should be built on the day that they are to be lit. Wood piles can be made before this but the wood should be moved to a clear, debris-free final spot only on the day.

Harvesting rainwater with Rain Garden Kits PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 October 2011 06:31

DESPITE the wet summer, some parts of the UK are still considered to be experiencing a drought, according to the Environment Agency.

How To Protect Your Garden Shed During The Cold Winter Months? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 October 2011 10:13

When the winter arrives, many people start to think about their garden and all the necessary precautions and plans for re-planting in the next spring. There are many things to consider, including how to protect your expensive equipment stored in your garden shed during the winter.

How to Grow Adenium Seeds, Plumeria Seeds & Adenium Plants PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 October 2011 02:34

Adenium Store is a Leading online supplier of Tropical and Succulent Flowering Houseplants and Seeds.

We supply Desert Rose (Adenium Seeds & Plants) and Plumeria Seeds which are sourced from the worlds most renowned growers and producers of these wonderful flowering indoor plants.

What is special about Adenium is that they can flower continuosly for more than 9 months of the year whilst Plumeria are amongst the most fragrant of flowers known to man making these wonderful houseplants for any home.

Monster mash - record breaking giant vegetables coming to Peterborough PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 October 2011 16:21

FROM super-sized spuds and swedes to massive marrows and colossal cucumbers – giant vegetables of all shapes and sizes are coming to Peterborough!

Growers from all over the country, including as far away as Hull and Cardiff, will be showcasing their heavy weight produce at the East Of England Showground’s Autumn Show next month.

Now in its third year, the Giant Vegetable Competition is one of the many popular attractions within the show, which is being held on Sunday 9 October.

Water Gardening - Creating a rain garden! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 02:50
The water's lovely: Rain gardens soak up water like a sponge, letting it seep gently into the ground and reducing the risk of flooding. 

If you have a shed, a pond and a tree, you're already halfway to having a rain garden, the latest trend in urban wildlife gardening. Rain gardens soak up water like a sponge, letting it seep gently into the ground and reducing the risk of flooding. As well as being clever, wildlife-friendly and eco-friendly, they are perfect for the time-poor gardener, reducing the need to water.
This year's Chelsea Flower Show saw its first rain garden. Designed by Nigel Dunnett in partnership with the Landscape Agency, the New Wild Garden is now located at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre in Gloucestershire. It pays homage to William Robinson's 1870 book, The Wild Garden, written in response to the Victorians' love of high-maintenance annual bedding displays. Robinson paved the way for a more naturalistic style of planting. Nearly 150 years later, the New Wild Garden provides a modern, urban take on Robinson's original vision.
Whether you're interested in preventing flooding, helping wildlife or don't want to deadhead your plants or spend time lugging a watering can, a rain garden is an exciting prospect.
You don't have to turn your garden into a Chelsea show-stopper, simply incorporate a few elements from the design of the New Wild Garden along its three themes: water, sustainability and wildlife.
London is losing the equivalent of two and a half Hyde Parks of green space every year, under paving stones, decking, sheds and garden offices. It's a similar story in the north-east, where a quarter of front gardens are disappearing under driveways. This sealing in of green space results in habitat loss and warmer temperatures (often called the urban heat island effect). But with no soil to absorb water during heavy rain, the most dramatic effect is the increased risk of flooding.
Rain gardens absorb rainfall, allowing it to slowly seep into the ground. The New Wild Garden's focal point is an office, topped with a green roof planted with low-maintenance wildflowers, herbs, flowering perennials and sedums. Green roofs absorb rainfall, compensating for the loss of green space beneath them and reducing the amount of water hitting the ground. Download a DIY guide from livingroofs.org or commission grassroofcompany.co.uk to make you one.
Excess rainfall from the roof is directed into two pools of water, which double as attractive water features, or ponds. The pools were custom-made (landformconsultants.co.uk), but you can use pre-formed plastic pond liners (worldofwater.co.uk) for a similar, inexpensive effect. Direct water into them from your shed or office gutters or, if you don't have the space, install a water butt.
Water overflows from one pool into the next, then runs into a border containing plants that don't mind getting their feet wet but can cope with occasional drought as well, such as Iris sibirica, persicaria, euphorbia, rudbeckia and Geranium sylvaticum. The path is made of alternate strips of granite and low-growing thyme, sempervivum and Acaena inermis 'Purpurea'. Recreate this in your own garden, putting low-growing plants between impermeable materials.
A mini copse of silver birch trees sucks up a fair amount of water, slowly releasing it into the atmosphere through its leaves. If you don't have a tree, buy one bare root between October and March (try ornamental-trees.co.uk).
Gardening Calendar: August 2011, Week 1 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 15:17
There are a few jobs in the garden to finished in Week 1 of our August Gardening Calendar
1 ORDER AUTUMN-FLOWERING BULBS such as Scilla autumnalis, colchicums and sternbergias. For a splash of violet in depressing December, choose the autumn crocus C. laevigatus 'Fontenayi’. Plant as soon as they arrive.

2 ZAP BAD BUGS with nematodes. A new generation of carrot fly is hatching below ground and vine weevils need their second dose of the season.
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