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Gardens of the French and Italian Riviera

Gardens of the French and Italian Riviera | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Ever since my first visit I’ve had a soft spot for the French and Italian Riviera. The soft climate, warm sunshine, diversity of the flora, wonderful coastal landscape and attractive towns; and of course, the food and wine. However I am certainly not the only Englishman to be drawn to...
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Best Gardens of the French and Italian Riviera

Want to know where the best Gardens are in France and Italy? Check out the French and Italian Rivieras. Recommended gardens include: Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, and Villa Boccanegra

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Making the most of your pond: fountains, cascades, filters or still water

Making the most of your pond: fountains, cascades, filters or still water | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Both still and moving water add magic to any garden. Still water is reflective and changes with the movement of the air, the clouds and the light. A fountain or waterfall will add movement, sound and a different dimension. Many are put off the idea of a fountain or waterfall...
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What are the best water features? Andy McIndoe talks fountains, rills, ponds, pond pumps, waterfalls and how to keep your water feature looking at its best

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The Secrets of Growing Lilies

The Secrets of Growing Lilies | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Lilies and the like Rather late in spring I planted some lilies; not the best time as by then the bulbs were rather shriveled and were shooting vigorously, showing their eagerness to get into the ground. So I gave them a good start and planted the bulbs on their sides,...
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The Secrets of Growing Lilies
How do you grow lilies? Ever wondered what the best lilly varieties are? Veteran horticulturist and gardener who gives expert advice - shares his lilly secrets

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Garden Pests – Prevention and Control

Garden Pests – Prevention and Control | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
The Organic and Chemical options for Controlling Garden Pests. The word ‘pest’ conjures up, for many people, a vision of hordes of greenfly on roses or blackfly on broad beans.
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Garden Pests - Prevention and Control See my 10 favourite organic homemade pesticides as well as learn about common garden pest and how to control them using both chemical pesticides and organic alternatives #Gardening, #Pests, #Garden, #Horticulture

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Richard Spencer's curator insight, July 6, 2013 5:46 AM

For us Brits pls  note  that  neem isnt  supplied  here  as  pesticide  due  Health and  Safety  Law ( Not  funded = Not  suplied )

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Lawns: How to Lay Turf/Sod

Lawns: How to Lay Turf/Sod | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
In the last lesson we looked at How to Sow Grass Seed.  Today we will look at creating an instant lawn using turf or sod. Weather you call new grass Sod or Turf, the method of laying it is pretty much universal.
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Transplanting: Potting Off and On

Transplanting: Potting Off and On | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
So…… we have already covered Sowing Seeds and How to Take Cuttings. Now in our gardening series on back to basics, we will look at what you need to do with your young plants to keep them happy and growing..
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Propagation: Sowing Seeds

Propagation: Sowing Seeds | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
One of the most exciting things you can do as a gardener, is to sow your own seeds. And if you don’t get excited when they germinate, you may as well pack up and go home now! Many different plants can be raised from seed, sown in containers in a...
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Microclimates: How To Change Your Garden’s Climate

Microclimates: How To Change Your Garden’s Climate | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
While King Canute the Great, might not have been able to stop the tides, you may be surprised to know that you can change your climate….well at least to a certain extent!
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Feeding Plants: Manures & Fertilizers

Feeding Plants: Manures & Fertilizers | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Just like people, plants need a regular supply of food if they are to flourish. The main ways of feeding your plants are by applying fertilizers and bulky organic matter (like manure) to the soil.
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Preparing the Soil: Basic Digging

Preparing the Soil: Basic Digging | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Asking someone if they know how to dig seems like a stupid question!. Yet if I asked you to describe the difference between single digging and double digging would you know the answer? If not ……..or you’re a bit hazy then read on.
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How to grow hydrangeas – shrubs for late summer colour

How to grow hydrangeas – shrubs for late summer colour | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Hydrangea conjures images of great mounds of shrubs smothered with mops of pink, purple, blue and white, perhaps under the shade of trees surrounding Victorian villas, or basking in the sunshine by seaside cottages. They may look a little old fashioned, and perhaps they have not been as popular as...
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How to Grow Hydrangeas 
Hydrangeas are wonderful for late summer colour. To help you get the best from them read my blog. My new book The Creative Shrub Garden publishes this week too - enjoy.

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Right Plants: Right Place – Plants Must Thrive Not Just Survive

Right Plants: Right Place – Plants Must Thrive Not Just Survive | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
I grew up in Essex and then lived in North London for many years, so I became very used to gardening on heavy clay soil. Seven years ago we moved to Suffolk and I suddenly found myself in a very dry and windy area of Eastern England, gardening on light...
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Right plant; right place is an expression used by garden designers. This article teaches you some of the essentials of planting design from acclaimed teacher Hilary Thomas

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What to plant for a Mediterranean look

What to plant for a Mediterranean look | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Sun lovers Many of us head off on vacation to warmer climes at some point during the year. Some reading this will live permanently in warm, sunny regions where frost just doesn’t exist. Wherever that is in the world there are certain plants that feature in gardens, planting schemes and...
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Mediterranean Style Planting Tips:
Looking for planting suggestions for a Mediterranean look? Andy McIndoe talks you through some of the best hot, dry, sun-loving Mediterranean plants for your garden

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Autumn Lawn Care

Autumn Lawn Care | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Fall is a time when the rest of the garden is being put to bed for the winter, we tidy, cut back and have bonfires, but the lawn needs some special attention.
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Lawns: How to Sow a New Lawn

Lawns: How to Sow a New Lawn | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
In the 21st century lawns may be going out of fashion. They are seen as high maintenance and environmentally unfriendly because of their need for preciouses irrigation water.
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Propagation: Taking Cuttings

Propagation: Taking Cuttings | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
In the last ‘back to basics’ lesson, I talked about sowing seeds and pricking out.  Now we will look at another form of propagation; taking cuttings also known as vegetative propagation.
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Irrigation: Watering Your Garden

Irrigation: Watering Your Garden | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
What is the best way to water my garden?  It might seem obvious that all plants need water,…………..but why? and what is the best way to water my garden   Plants need water for many reasons.
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How to Make a Compost Heap

How to Make a Compost Heap | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Compost heaps may sound a little old fashions, but even in the smallest of gardens, they can still help with recycling kitchen and garden waste.  In this 5th article on Back to Basics, we look at how to make a compost heap.  They may not be pretty,...
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Soil: Preparation and Improvement

Soil: Preparation and Improvement | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
How to Improve Difficult Soils. In the last article in this series, we looked at how to prepare soil ready for spring planting.  In an ideal world, the winter would be the ideal time for digging over the garden.
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Understanding your Soil: Acid and Alkaline Soils

Understanding your Soil: Acid and Alkaline Soils | Gardening Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Soil is the gardener’s best friend and to be a successful gardener, it’s vital that we provide the right soil conditions for our plants.
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