Plenty of action in the kitchen garden

Another lovely weather week so I've been in the kitchen garden planting potatoes, onions and shallots.   I have chitted my potatoes, not because I think they grow any better, because they are delivered so quickly if I planted straight away the frost would get them.

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Thinking of having your garden designed

If you are thinking of having your garden designed and/or landscaped, I read a couple of things recently that you should bear in mind "employing a designer costs money.  Their time and expertise need to be supported."  And "building a garden costs money.  Skill levels, labour, and material rates are equivalent to any other part of the construction industry."

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Gardening as a career

There's been a lot of publicity lately about horticulture as a career.  Particularly since David Cameron made some poor comments. So here's my story about becoming a gardener/garden designer.  Hopefully it might encourage you to take the plunge.  I can't profess to loving gardening from an early age like many do.  In fact quite the opposite.  While my parents had the bug and 3 acres of manicured gardens with exotic and rare plants, as a child helping in the garden was a chore and almost a punishment.

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Decking Guide

Decking is a type of outdoor floor capable of supporting weight which is often raised from the ground.
In its practical role it is used to improve access around the garden, to create a further area to entertain and to counteract uneven surfaces.
In its visual role, it adds an aesthetic element to the garden and often becomes the centre of attention.

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My cucumbers keep dying/wilting

There are alot of things we take for granted, you just assume it's common knowledge and don't bother mentioning it.  So today i'm going to tell you that i'm not infallable, this is a little something that is probably not going to be too good for my reputation but hopefully might help you.  So far this season, probably in just the last 4 weeks, i have managed to kill five cucumber plants.

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