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September Newsletter

September Newsletter
September's arrival heralds the onset of Autumn, colder nights and misty mornings and the bright and beautiful summer flower displays have faded. Just around the corner though,  a riot of autumnal foliage, flowers, berries and shrubs is waiting to burst into bloom! Things to do in the Garden This Month Lawns need a bit of pampering at this time of year, replacing turf and lawn treatments such as... autumn lawn feed, high in potassium, will make sure your lawn recovers and rejuvenates for the Spring. It's time to move any evergreens and perennials and top up the bark mulch in flower...
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DEC
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Christmas Tree Care

Christmas Tree Care
When to buy your Christmas tree? Wait until two weeks before Christmas to get the tree (if you possibly can). Choosing Your Tree & What to Look Out For Check it out: The tree shouldn't look wilted or have brown needles. Bend the needles: If the tree is fresh, the needles will bend instead of breaking. Shake the tree: It's natural for some needles to fall, but not too many. Measure: Get a tree that's at least a food shorter than the ceiling that will eventually be above it. Remember that the stand will add height. And since you pay...
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NOV
14

November Garden Check List

November Garden Check List
November’s Checklist So shortly winter will be here and there will be a few things to prepare in the garden. Here are some simple tips to get you ready: Improve your soil – Improving the soil with plenty of organic matter in the form of compost helps drainage and aeration on heavy soils and conserves essential moisture on light ones. Clear up fallen leaves – especially from lawns, ponds and beds. Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent water logging. Prune roses to prevent wind – rock. Plant out winter bedding. Insulate outdoor containers from frost – bubble wrap works...
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JUL
28

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly
The Green Gardener looks into the facinating life of a butterfly. As part of butterfly month, I thought to myself that although I aguely remember my school days when we learnt about life cycles, I want to know more about the life of a butterfly. Their life cycle is a very structured one consisting of four stages, each of which are totally different from the next, the butterfly taking a completely different form in each stage.   It's quite magical!   Stage 1: THE EGG The first stage is a tiny egg which are laid on leaves, they are little...
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JUL
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Celebrate Butterfly Month this August

Celebrate Butterfly Month this August
Butterflies. In the British Isles we have 56 species of these stunning insects full of colour and enchantment and are seen as a representation of freedom and peace, they are also considered a measure of health on the environment but the number of species is rapidly declining. So, here at QGS HQ we decided to celebrate these wonderful in-vertebrae by having a butterfly month to raise awareness of the importance of saving our butterflies. Even our most familiar butterflies are becoming harder to find and are at desperately low numbers, so it is critical we do something NOW to start...
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SEP
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How to Make Sloe Gin

How to Make Sloe Gin
My first introduction to sloe’s came when helping my father to make his sloe gin, which was an annual thing in our house, to be done after the first frost each and every year without fail. I had to laboriously prick every tiny berry several times with a pin, before throwing it into a large kilner jar with what seemed like millions of other dry and bitter sloes. Needles to say my young, spindly fingers also suffered the same pain that the sloe berries went through! My father would then cover the berries with sugar and gin, leave the jar...
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AUG
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Wild Blackberry Kiss Cocktail

Wild Blackberry Kiss Cocktail
Well, as Helen won our last inter office cocktail competition with her Lavender and Lemon Cooler; we thought we would make the most of her whilst her boastful head still fits in the office. We sent her to make the most of the autumn gathering / scrumping season whilst it is at it’s most "fruitful!" (Only from hedgerow’s my we add and not neighbors garden’s as the true definition suggests). I have come up with this beauty; making use of my favorite berry the Wild British Blackberry, don’t go to your local supermarket, get yourself out for a walk and...
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JUL
31

How to Take Rose Cuttings

How to Take Rose Cuttings
One of the nations favorite plant’s, the rose is a great way to add crazy colour and sultry scent to your garden.  Why not try getting a sense of accomplishment by growing some from a cutting on an existing plant. Here is our 4 steps to propagating roses from cuttings: Pick which rose you would like more of . Choose a long and healthy stem, which has grown this season. Take a cutting by cutting to a length of 25cm long, cut above a bud at the top and below a bud at the base.  Leave a leaf at the...
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JUL
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What to do in the Garden in September

What to do in the Garden in September
September in the Garden "Misty starts, dewy toes, and the thud of windfalls" September, the ninth month of the year, in roman times it was the seventh month which is how it got it’s name, Septem in latin means seventh. Anyway we need to discuss what we should be doing in the garden right now: Divide your herbaceous perennial’s now , this will not only give you more plants but will maintain a healthy and happy plant next year. Collect and sow seeds from hardy annuals and perennials’ , which you liked seeing in your garden this year. Now is...
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MAR
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Lawn Calendar

Lawn Calendar
A year in the life of a lawn. Here is a bit of guidence to help you care for your lawn and grass throughout the year, season by season.  This calendar will help you to get your lawn looking great all year round. Early Spring (February - March) It's time for some corrective work right now, repairing edges, rolling and applying moss killer or racking moss. If you lawn is waterlooged or frosty however then you should wait or you will risk harming the lawn. March: Start mowing your grass as soon as it begins to grow. Set your mower...
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FEB
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Things to see & do in March

With St David's Day falling on the 1st of the month, Save a Spider Day on the 14th (yes you read that correctly!), St Patricks day of the 17th, Easter, Ash Wednesday and not to mention the first day of Spring, March surely is the month to get excited about. Put down that comfort food, adorn those old faithful garden wellies and get out there! Take a deep breathe of fresh air, go on, breathe in and enjoy it. There is so much to see and do outdoors in right now, I really want to show you what a great...
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February...Spring is on it's way...I promise!

February...Spring is on it's way...I promise!
Well we have done it! We have made it through the bleak, long and dark month of Janaury. The month we all dread so much. The month that follows the colourful and coziness of the Christmas season. So yes, we have done. Now we are through with the Janaury diets and the motivattion to give up booze we can start to think about being normal again and gaining some motivation to get out and start to think about our gardens. Signs of Snowdrops have started to peer through the somewhat soggy and still a little snowy in places ground so...
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JAN
10

Happy New Year

Happy New Year
Happy New Year! And we start off 2013 in rather a soggy and sorry state. As I listened to the radio on my way into the office, first day back after the Christmas break, and hear of the winter of 2012 being the second wettest on record, I reminisce about some of my last blogs on the worrying droughts of the early part of 2012. It's bonker's how my blog was stressing the importance of conserving water in the garden. Droughts don't just affect farmer's and gardener's, it has a massive impact on us as consumers too! The price of...
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JUN
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What to do in the garden in July

What to do in the garden in July
Summer is definitely underway now, flowers are in full bloom and the vegetable plot's are starting to kick out some yummy produce... So in between making lovely salads and enjoying your garden, here are some jobs for July to be thinking about in your garden: 1. Mulch, mulch, mulch... mulching really helps keep in moisture. Mulch plants like fruit plants, runner beans and moisture loving herbs. 2. Keep sowing seeds like salad leaves to maintain you supplies. Remember to thin out the seedlings too! 3. Dead head any flowering plants and also give them a feed. Remember though to leave...
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JUN
14

A Potato Recipe For The Summer

A Potato Recipe For The Summer
Ingredients: 500g New Potatoes, scrubbed and halved. 1 Tablespoon of wholegrain mustard, allow a little bit more should your taste buds desire! Mine do. 4 Spring onions, finely sliced. 1 Tablespoon clear honey. 2 Tablespoons good olive oil. 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar. 1 Tablespoon low fat mayo.  Preparation Add the potatoes to a pan of lightly salted boiling water.  Cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender and cooked.  Drain and return to the pan.  Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a small jug and add to the potatoes. Season to taste and allow to cool then...
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JUN
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The Hose Pipe Ban Update

After weeks of the Hose Pipe ban being in place by seven southern based water companies, three of them will be lifting the ban today, 14th June.  Anglian Water, Southern Water and Thames water are the three concerned and are some of the UK's biggest water companies. Water is a complex thing, this week alone has seen heavy rain in area of the country.  However rivers are said to be only just getting back to normal, resvoirs have made it up to 75% full but there is still a shortage of ground level water in parts. South East Water, Southern...
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JUN
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Summer is progressing....

Summer is progressing....
I have already given you some pointers of what to be doing in your garden in June and how I like to spend my June, but now we are now in full swing of the Summer. Here are somepointers of how to keep our planters, boarders and hanging baskets looking good and in full bloom, vegetable patches  tidy and high yeilding... In and around the garden Take Lavendar cuttings now!  This excits me and helps me reduce the cost of continuing to plant up my Lavender border. Check your Clematis for signs of Clematis Wilt. Pop your conservatory plants outside...
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JUN
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Tomato Recipe

Tomato Recipe
For these buttery-soft roasted tomatoes, I have excelled the flavor of the creamy goat cheese filling with garlic and basil. The result works both as a side dish, starter or a main course with a salad and crusty bread. Ingredients 12 Medium sized tomatoes 1 ⅔ lbs Fresh goats cheese 1 Large egg, beaten 2 Cloves Garlic, minced 2 Tablespoons finely chopped basil 1 teaspoon salt ¼ pepper 6 Tablespoon's olive oil, a good one!! Preparation 1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius, gas mark 6 or 425 degrees. Slice off the top ½ inch of each tomato and reserve...
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APR
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In the garden in June

In the garden in June
June sweet June, summer is here...or is it...? What is the weather like for you? And what does June mean to you? It is to me, not only my birthday month (wer hooo!) but a month of Eaton Mess pudding, warm evenings, friends around for al fresco dinning, the buzzing of bees around my garden, vegetables, trees and insects. What does June mean to you? I asked the creator behind My Tiny Plot about her June and I had the most amazing response, she said Strawberries and Rose wine – great hey! But with the weather not "like it used...
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APR
03

What to do in your garden in May

What to do in your garden in May
May has come at last! Keep weeding! Plant Salad Leaves . You can now be planting Chicory, kale, endive, beetroot, french beans, radish, beans, spring onions. Plant Courgette's, squashes and marrows in pots in the green house. Late frosts watch out! Make sure you are able to dash out at the last minute to cover any seedlings, cuttings, young plants etc up. Revamp damaged or bald areas of your lawn by laying turf  to get your garden looking it's best for the summer parties and barbecue's you are going to have. Also, mow lawns weekly to keep your lawn looking...
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