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Record Temperatures across the US

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My poor, poor readers in the United States! How much heat can you handle? We received a Tweet from “Anita in Texas” that said she had all but given up, and was never coming out of her air-conditioned home again. Oh the Texas heat! What can you do when it is as hot as Hades? The tomatoes seems to be… Read more »

A Bucket of Happiness

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I had a lovely luncheon with a dear friend of my mother’s just this past weekend in Earl’s Court. Our friend gave up her large home years ago after the death of her husband and moved back into the heart of London, which some might say is the reverse of what you are meant to do when retired. I suppose… Read more »

Gardening in Pots

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Dear Top Gardening Friends Old barrels and tea chests make great planters for a variety of shrubs, flowering plants and even small trees. Use them to vary the levels of your planting in a small area or visually break up larger areas to advantage. All kinds of plants may be grown in containers and moved around to create different combinations… Read more »

STARTING WITH ORGANIC VEGETABLES

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Dear Top Gardening Friends Quite naturally, when you first start your organic garden, you will want to see results as quickly as possible, and as easily as possible as well. So, once you have worked with your soil to make sure that it is in prime condition to start growing, I have listed a few different types of vegetables that… Read more »

CREATING YOUR OWN COTTAGE GARDEN

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Dear Top Gardening Friends A cottage garden is an idyll, a place of informal splendour – no sculptured edges, just amazing randomness. A completely natural space attracting wildlife. Many plants growing in a cottage garden are easy to grow and do not have to cost a great deal. If starting from scratch you can scatter a few packets of appropriate… Read more »

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

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Dear Top Gardening Friends There are several considerations that you need to take into account when you are planning your organic gardening area, and using paper and a pencil can be a huge help here. If you have access to standard graph paper, this is ideal because the first thing you need to draw is a plan of the area… Read more »

PERFECT TOOLS FOR THE JOB

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Dear Top Gardening Friends To get started with organic gardening, there are a few basic tools and supplies that you need. However, because organic gardening is no different to the non-organic variety apart from the fact that there are no chemicals involved, the tools and supplies that you need to get started can be kept fairly basic. You can then… Read more »

ROTATION IS A GOOD THING!

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Dear Top Gardening Friends Although it is likely that if you live in a temperate clime, you will start planting and sowing in the spring, it is not necessarily the only time that you will be planting because depending upon where you live, it is possible to plant two or three crops every year. For example, you might start with… Read more »

PROTECTING YOUR PLOT FROM THE ELEMENTS

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Dear Top Gardening Friends If sunshine is something that your garden must have, then too much wind is exactly the opposite, something that you really don’t need. Excessive wind can easily damage your plants or blow them over in an extreme case, so if you live somewhere that is notoriously windy, you need to think about how you can offset… Read more »

WATERING YOUR ORGANIC PLOT

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Dear Top Gardening Friends You will need to think about water and how you are going to get it to the area of your garden where you’re planning to grow your organic produce. Whilst you can carry buckets up and down the garden to water the plants if necessary, doing so is hard work and tedious, so it is something… Read more »