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5 easy wildlife garden tips – they’ll really make a difference

Easy wildlife garden tips – simple things you can do that will really make a difference – and your garden will look more beautiful, too

April 16th, 2022

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How to avoid wildflower meadow mistakes

Top meadow lawn mistakes – and how to avoid them

We’ve made a few meadow lawn mistakes. We tried to create two mini meadow lawn patches. Last year, we stopped mowing two squares of meadow lawn in our front garden….

January 29th, 2022

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Recycled greenhouse

3 very simple things you can do to create an eco friendly garden

How to create a more eco friendly garden. 3 easy, practical tips from Sally Nex, author of How to Garden The Low Carbon Way. They’ll save you time and money, as well as reducing your carbon footprint.

March 6th, 2021

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Bird boxes

Wildlife friendly garden tips

A wildlife friendly garden is an important part of sustainable living today. Urban gardens have a real part to play. I’ve been talking to Fern Alder, an award winning garden…

November 15th, 2020

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Planting for Butterflies

Why you need a butterfly garden – and how to plant it

Have you considered planting your borders as a ‘butterfly garden?’ We all know it’s important to support bees, because the decline in pollinating insects is potentially such a threat to…

June 28th, 2020

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How to make comfrey or nettle tea for homemade fertilisers

5 homemade fertilisers that will make your garden grow

Here are five effective – but easy – homemade fertilisers for your garden from the organic Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham. Comfrey or nettle tea, made in a water butt Concentrated…

July 28th, 2019

Posted In: Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Grow-your-own, Wildlife & eco


Self-seeded alliums and euphorbia

Self-seeded vs weeds – can you achieve the magic balance?

Self-seeding plants are today’s top trend. They’re free and easy-care. But do you get more weeds if you allow plants to self-sow? Find out how to balance self-seeders vs weeds in your own gardening style.

June 23rd, 2019

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How to create an easy sustainable garden

In 2022, a sustainable garden is increasingly important. We urban gardeners manage a substantial chunk of the outdoor space in any town or city. So what we do impacts our…

April 19th, 2019

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7 water saving garden tips

7 easy, effective water saving garden tips

Why do you need water saving garden tips? You probably have rain drumming down on your roof at this very moment. However, we use 30-60% of our household water in…

April 7th, 2019

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Annual weeds

An easy tip for weeding without chemicals

This is a very simple, effective way of weeding without chemicals (and almost without effort). It comes from the Abbey Physic Garden in Faversham. The Abbey Physic garden is a…

February 17th, 2019

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Latin plant names demystified

Are you embarrassed by your Latin plant names skills?

Do you avoid using Latin names for plants? Do they seem too complicated or even unnecessary? After all, we can all have beautiful gardens without knowing the Latin names of…

November 18th, 2018

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No dig flower borders

No dig flower borders – easy, weed-free and brilliant

I’ve always wondered about ‘no dig flower borders’ for annuals, shrubs and perennials. Not that I ever do much digging. But I wondered if the principles of no dig veg…

September 2nd, 2018

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