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Late winter gardening jobs – what to do and what not to do!

Late winter gardening jobs – what to do and what not to do!

January 22nd, 2022 Posted In: Gardening know how


Save time and effort in the garden! What to do in the garden as winter comes to an end – plus the ‘gardening jobs’ that you may not have to do after all!

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Why your soil is the key to a beautiful garden

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How to make the most of autumn colours in your garden by choosing the right plants and planting them in the right place.

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A clever evergreen garden with a touch of grandeur

Tips and ideas from an evergreen garden which looks good all year round. Easy-care ideas for hedges, topiary, evergreen borders and ornaments.

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The new jungle garden – how to create a lush, contemporary haven

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Keep dahlias free of earwigs, slugs and snails without chemicals

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