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Grow your own food

Plant a grape vine near your patioPeaches and grapes are making a comeback in gardens as more and more gardeners what to grow something easy that can also add to the food basket. Peaches do very well in our area and even in a small garden. They don’t mind being kept small and still provide fruit.

Grapes are ideal to plant over an arch in the veggie garden or up the patio pillar to add a touch of Tuscany of the Cape to your entertainment area.

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Snip and tuck

Time to get the pruning gear outTime to prune and rather than a dreaded chore, with the right tools and correct information, pruning can be easy. Think of it as the cut-back that rejuvenates plants and prepares them for a summer of healthy growth, glorious blooms or fabulous fruit. Pruning is a bit of a mystery for most gardeners and yet it need not be.

July and early August is pruning time and not just the roses. It’s also time to cut back hydrangeas and fruit trees. Pruning brings light and sunshine into the garden warming the soil and stimulating growth from the roots in the ground up.

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Dress the patio

Get carried away with container gardening!Planting up a specimen container or arranging groupings of three or more pots can make a big difference to an entrance of entertainment patio. The best tip for successful container gardening is to make sure you plant up the container correctly with enough drainage and regular feeding.

The most frequently asked questions we get in the garden centre about containers are “what about drainage?” and “how often must they be watered?”

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Love Birds

We have a wide selection of suet feedersA feeding station for the garden birds is the best way to keep birds returning. Different birds are attracted to different things so a variety in your offering will make all the difference to what birds you attract. No serious bird feeding station is without Suet, Bird Seed and some Fruit but have you tried some Bird Pudding? It has a nutty base and will help to attract an even wider range of birds.Bedding plants need a lot less attention in winter provided they get planted into soil that is well prepared.

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