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Time to prune

Once the garden is pruned and had a tidy spring starts to come into your garden. July is pruning time in the garden and rather than a dreaded chore, with the right tools and correct information, pruning can be easy. Think of it as a late winter cut-back that rejuvenates plants and prepares them for a summer of healthy growth, glorious blooms or fabulous fruit. Pruning brings light and sunshine into the garden warming the soil and stimulating growth from the roots in the ground up. So besides the usual suspects like Roses give the whole garden a nip tuck and shaping to get the yard warmer and tease the spring.

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Gorgeous Orchids

Winter is the natural flowering time of many of them even though we see them available all year these days. To grow the best Orchids follow these simple step, it’s easier than you think!

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Winter Herbs

The weather is perfect for some of the leafy winter herbs and vegetables. Lettuce planted now does extremely well in full sun to semi-shade. Plant a combination of green and red leaf lettuce to add a lush texture to the garden or even in a container near the house, let them dry between watering and you will harvest in about six to eight weeks. Spinach planted now will give you loads of leaves through spring to add to the plate. Of course you don’t have to wait till the crop is mature to harvest; leafy veggies can be picked as they grow!

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Birds in the garden

-This past weekend reminded all of us that the winter is truly here. Not only does the winter cold catch us by surprise every year it catches the birds too. This past autumn has been particularly mild and the sudden cold will find them keeping close to buildings and in smaller gardens where the temperatures are not quite as extreme.

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