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How to Keep your Summer Bulbs in Pots for Longer

These little 'buddies' store nutrients in their short stems, so bulbs are naturally an easy means of getting into gardening (because they're low maintenance) - in fact, a few potted bulbs can have fantastic results without a great deal of effort.

They're perfect for any level of gardener; if your orchid's are taking up most of your focus and time, you can be safe in the knowledge that your little bulbs are (mostly) taking care of themselves.

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Get your garden BBQ party-ready

It’s an undisputed fact that food tastes better when you eat it outside. It’s even tastier when you know it comes from a BBQ and you’re revelling in the sunkissed nostalgia delivered by summer hits blasting out of a stereo speaker.

Hosting the BBQ bash of the summer requires many things; a well-kept garden being the most fundamental. So is your garden ready to entertain?

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Which bugs and insects are good for my garden?

While many of us might think of the tiny things that creep and crawl around our property as a nuisance to be squished, the truth is that many of them are the unsung heroes of the gardening world. 

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How to get the perfect garden on a budget

Over the past few months our gardens have had to deal with all sorts of weather, so it’s no wonder they’re in need of a little more TLC than normal. No matter what size your garden is, if you’ve let things go a little bit wild, it’s always going to be hard to find the time, money and let’s face it - the enthusiasm to venture outside and get things back in shape.

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Where to put solar lights to make sure they actually work

Solar-powered lights are by far the most cost-effective and energy-efficient way to bring some illumination to your garden when the sun goes down. Not all of us have the luxury of being a landscape designer, so it’s tricky to know how to choose, position and maintain lighting to get the most out of your space.

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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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The Blands

Toddler-friendly Summer holiday

Taking a child who is definitely operating in toddler rather than baby mode on holiday brings with it whole new set of challenges!

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