The Green Gardener

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MAR
01

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
21

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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FEB
12

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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AUG
08

August

August
August is here at last, the time of year where we can enjoy the garden. It is on show the most and where we see all of the past year's hard work pay off, blooming into a mass of lush colour, scent and fruit. There are still jobs to be done however (in-between alfresco dining and Gin & Tonic's of course!) to keep the garden looking at it's best. Borders and Plants Any borders or plants that have not achieved their full potential, where colours schemes have not worked, plants that have not taken as well as expected can be...
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JUN
19

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
14

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
11

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
08

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
17

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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APR
02

Turn a Weedy Spot into a Potato Plot

Turn a Weedy Spot into a Potato Plot
Growing potatoes is so easy and why not try doing what the title of my blog says, transform a weedy patch or create a raised bed containing topsoil and turn an idle spot into a useful and productive growing bed for your potatoes.   ' Grow Your Own ' is such a well used phrase now isn't it? And why not? There is nothing more exciting them picking, chopping, cooking and eating something you have grown yourself! Potatoes are a dependable bulk crop which can be stored over winter. They are so cheap to grow and the biggest most awesome...
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MAR
22

April

April
It's almost April, fantastic isn't it. Wondering around the garden last night as the sun was setting, looking out onto the field with a large wood beyond at the back of the QGS cottage, I remembered that I had been meaning to research my Walnut tree.  I found a great site www.walnuttrees.co.uk who do everything from sell nuts, timber, trees, oils, biscuits and gifts, they give advice and have walks and all sorts of different events all on the topic of this wonderful nut! Back on my laptop, I finally found out that the type of Walnut tree I have...
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MAR
01

What to do in the Garden in March

What to do in the Garden in March
March March already! Suddenly I am in a state of panic about all the jobs I need to be doing, feeling like I don't have enough time to get all of my jobs done before the Summer comes! Plus all the exciting things I want to start, building a bench, raised veg patches, design my front boarder, build a birds table, sort the bould patches of my garden. I have just planted out some garlic in the dark! This is how panicked I am! However, I calm myself down after writing a list of all March's jobs. Panic disappears with...
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FEB
13

How to Lay Turf

How to Lay Turf
Turf Laying is not as difficult as you may think, just follow our simple step by step turf laying guide and you will have the lawn of your dreams. Remember to measure the area you wish to turf accurately, try to measure it in meters as most turf is sold by the square meter (m²), use our Turf Calculator to help work out the area or call us if you need any assistance. Also remember that turf needs laying within 24 - 48 hours (depending on the weather conditions) of delivery, so get your area ready before your turf arrives....
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FEB
13

The QGS Cottage

The QGS Cottage
Here it is. My first blog. And I am excited. But where do I start? There is so much to do and so many decisions to make.. fonts, color schemes, images, layout, pages and that's just the non techy stuff! So with my head spinning with all the things I need to do, I thought I'd take my mind off things for a few minutes and tell you about me. I'm a member of the Quality Garden Supplies team and the guys in the office thought it a great idea that I create a blog for our website. After all,...
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MAR
29

Building a Veg Patch

Building a Veg Patch
Now growing vegetables to me is something I have always just been able to do, putting the main elements together to be able to produce fruit or veg to take back into my kitchen and cook. Simple! For some people however, taking on the task of building a vegetable plot and growing their own food is something they have never done before. So this blog is to help those people gain a little understanding of those key elements to then go onto to produce home grown food for themselves and their family. Growing at home or an allotment is so...
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