Gardens and Gardening

Why wait until spring to get your garden sorted for summer!

AK Garden Services – offer a range of Garden Services in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex – established in 1994 with full company insurance and references available upon request. With winter now firmly upon us why not start work on garden improvements now. AK Garden Services will undertake all types …

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Some lovely things that you could do in your garden, or at your allotment from mid-April to mid-May with Beth Otway

Sowing seeds is a wonderfully cost-effective way to garden.  Many hardy annual plants can be grown from seed this month, providing us with a quick and easy way to fill our gardens with beautiful flowers, in a wide range of colours and forms. Many annual plants provide a valuable source …

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Farnham’s Secret Victoria Garden

There’s something quite magical about a secret garden, writes Beth Otway. Did you know that Farnham has its own secret garden hidden away in the town centre? If you venture towards the back of Sainsbury’s car park in South Street, you’ll have the chance to discover the Victoria Garden for …

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Beware the perils of gardening!

By Mike Stockbridge of Elstead Chiropractic and Therapies Clinic Hard to believe, but every year, chiropractors, osteopaths and masseurs are inundated with victims of gardening injuries!  “As the weather begins to warm up and we head out into our gardens again, garden–related injuries are not uncommon but, as a multi-disciplined …

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Beth Otway’s Gardening Hints and Tips

I am so excited now that spring has arrived!  There a choice of so many lovely jobs that you could do over the month ahead to set you and your garden and allotment up for a successful year ahead. Prune Figs. The latex that figs readily emit when you prune …

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Happy New Houseplant by Beth Otway

Now that the Christmas decorations are long gone, if you find yourself wondering how to add a renewed freshness to your home, if you dream of an energising, yet relaxing sanctuary, then you might wish to consider growing some new houseplants and bringing some living greenery to your home. It’s …

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Attention Gardeners and Garden Designers

Ian Coult tells us about Godalming In Bloom Each summer, the committee of Godalming in Bloom runs a friendly, light-hearted competition for those in Binscombe, Busbridge, Farncombe and Godalming who love gardening and are willing to show their pride and joy. Whether it is a small patio overflowing with plant …

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My favourite cut flowers… with Beth Otway

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favourite cut flowers; these beautiful, easy-to-grow flowers don’t require any cosseting. You can sow these flowers from seed this month directly where they are to flower, so there’s no messing about with potting seedlings on, and no need for a greenhouse …

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Gourmet Vegetables

I love April, it’s such a super month in the garden and there are so many beautiful vegetables that you can sow now. Did you know that it’s just as easy to grow a purple coloured carrot, as it is to grow an orange one? Carrots come in an array …

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Woolbeding Gardens – a modern masterpiece

Quietly tucked away in the valley of the River Rother lies one of the most beautiful gardens in Sussex.  Woolbeding is a modern masterpiece featuring colourful borders, a landscape garden and a collection of follies.  Woolbeding Gardens is a world away from many of the grand historic gardens the National …

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A plant for your palm

Bonsai is the art of growing dwarf trees and shrubs from seedlings or rooted cuttings. It requires careful training, pruning and container restriction. The latter gives bonsai its name as it translates as ‘tray cultivation’. This is a fun and beautiful way of cultivating plants on a miniature scale. Shohin …

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Container plants for bees and butterfiles

By VantagePoint’s local garden writer, Beth Otway Whether you’ve got a garden, patio, balcony, or a windowsill, remembering to choose flowering plants that produce pollen and nectar that bees and other pollinating insects can access is a wonderfully worthwhile thing to do. By encouraging nature into your area you can really …

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