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  1. How to deal with Slugs & Snails in your Garden

    How to deal with Slugs & Snails in your Garden

    If you have an invading slug/snail army coming into your garden, there are a few signs you can look out for:

    Slugs are messy, they never clean up after themselves. Look out for slime trails on hard surfaces, leaves, and stems. If you see a silvery deposit, they have arrived.

    Are you seeing little holes in plant tissue? No, it’s not the grandkids with a potato shooter, it’s the slugs. They leave these holes with their rasping mouths. 

    Finally, long-keeled slugs of the mila

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  2. How to get started with Crop Rotation

    How to get started with Crop Rotation

    Late January/Early February is a good time to start thinking about crop rotation.⁠

    The principle of crop rotation is to grow specific groups of vegetables on a different part of your vegetable patch each year. It doesn’t matter if you have an allotment or a small garden patch, you can still plan for crop rotation.⁠

    Some of the key benefits of crop rotation include:⁠

    Soil Fertility:⁠

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  3. How to Prune Apple Tree's

    How to Prune Apple Tree's

    The leaves have now fallen from your apple and pear trees, which means its time to prune! We know this can seem like a daunting task, especially if you haven’t done it before.

    To get you started, here are 4 top tips:

    - Aim to take between 10-20% of the overall canopy off in any one winter. Work around the tree evenly and keep an eye on your pruning pile - if it's looking a little big, STO

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  4. How to Select and Care for your Christmas Tree

    How to Select and Care for your Christmas Tree

    How Big?

    To start, get an idea of how much space you have, you don't want to get home and see you don't have the space.

    Spruce vs. Nordman

    The Spruce is the more traditional option it's needles are sharp to the touch and tend to drop significantly more.

    The Nordman is a modern choice, its needles are very soft, and tend to drop less needles.

    Trimming

    There is

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  5. Make your own Homemade Pumpkin Soup

    Make your own Homemade Pumpkin Soup

    As Haloween is behind us, you may need to find a way to use up some of the pumpkins you have left! 
    This month we are going to make a beautiful pumpkin soup! All you need is: 

    •  2 tbsp. Olive Oil 2 Onions
    • 1kg Pumpkin
    •  700ml Vegetable or Chicken Stock
    • 150ml Double Cream

    • Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large saucepan, then gently cook 2 finely chopped onions for 5 mins, until soft

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  6. Halloween Special: Sweet & Sour Pumpkin Slices

    Halloween Special: Sweet & Sour Pumpkin Slices

    This month we thought we would do something a little different!
    As its almost Halloween we wanted to show you how you can put your BBQ to good use, even going into winter & Autumn.
    This recipe is quick and easy and perfect for cooking while the kids (or adults) carve their pumpkins!

    All you will need to make sweet and sour frilled pumpkin is:
    • 1 pound sugar pumpkin
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil

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  7. Collecting Rain Water

    Collecting Rain Water

    As the rainy days are approaching, its time to think about how you can use rainwater to your advantage.. plus save money on your water bills!

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  8. Growing your first vegetable garden

    Growing your first vegetable garden
    It's getting more and more popular to be self-sustainable and grow your own vegetables. While it might seem like a daunting task at first its actually easier then you would think!
    Here are some beginners tips on how to grow your own vegetable garden.
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  9. The 2019 Chelsea Flower Show: Gardening for a sustainable future

    The 2019 Chelsea Flower Show: Gardening for a sustainable future
    One of the biggest events for gardeners is here: the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show! One of the big talking points at this year's show was how our gardening choices can have important environmental and ecological benefits.
    Here are a few of our
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  10. Potting Plants

    Potting Plants
    Knowing which soil you should buy can be difficult, we have broken it down into a quick & easy to follow list to get you started!
    1.Seed Sowing;
    • Levington Seed & Cutting Compost
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