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How to keep your summer bulbs in pots flowering for longer

When it comes to planting in containers, bulbs are some of the easiest to grow and the most beautiful to look at.

What’s more, if potted correctly, they’ll bloom again and again, giving you years of enjoyment.

Here are some tips for getting the biggest, best, and longest-flowering blooms from your potted bulbs.

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The Bug Files: Know the enemy attacking your greenhouse

There’s a titanic battle going on in your greenhouse.

While your pretty plants are popping up, pesky pests are ready to take them down. From weevils to whitefly – everyone’s looking for a slice of your harvest; nibbling leaves, sucking sap and causing a general all-round nuisance.

Fear not, we’ve got the lowdown on the perpetrators, and how to fight back…

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Alys Fowler

Controlling pests and disease in your garden

A healthy garden has pests and diseases, sometimes lots, sometimes just a few. Many things that are pests to us are food for something else. They are part of the ecosystem and a healthy garden can sustain them without damage.

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Alys Fowler

Sowing sweet peas

The joy of picking a posy of highly scented sweet peas is one of the highlights of summer for some. To get them growing as soon as possible, you can start sowing now on a warm windowsill or a heated propagator.

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Alys Fowler

How to plant apple trees

To celebrate Ketchup turning one, Alys decided it was the perfect occasion to plant some apple trees at our HQ in Walsall.

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Alys Fowler

How to make your own herbal teas

Homemade herbal teas are a joy to make. They have a zing and a freshness that is unparalleled to anything bought, plus they are easy to make and cheap too. 

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Alys Fowler

Growing rocket

Rocket by name, rocket by nature. Growing distinctly spicy rocket leaves is a joy because this stuff loves to grow quickly.

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