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Heat tips for pets

Our heat tips for pets will help you to make sure you look after your pets well during the heat of the summer, and at any other time when the temperature rises. We are a nation of pet lovers, and our furry friends are part of the family, so their welfare is a top priority. Pets can really struggle in the heat if they don’t have what is needed, and so here are some ways to make sure your beloved pets do not overheat.

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Grow Bamboo in the garden

Many gardeners grow bamboo in the garden, as it can provide screening, interest and bring a touch of overseas to the garden. Bamboo looks great in an urban jungle, and some birds really enjoy the tall bamboo and rustling leaves. But there are many things to think about before planting bamboo to make sure it doesn't take over your garden and the neighbours. Our tips below should help you make the right choice for your garden and keep it in check.

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15x garden tips for June

In June, the days are at their longest. Flowers bloom, bees buzz, and it’s time for the first harvests of fruit and vegetables. Here are our top 15 June gardening tips to keep your garden looking great.

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Garden tips: How to get more out of your herbs

Few things are more satisfying in life than being able to pick your own fresh herbs when you need them. We’ve picked five of our favourite herbs and come up with some top tips to get the best out of herbs from the garden

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How to take softwood cuttings

Taking softwood cuttings is easy to do, and it’s a great way to make new plants at minimal costs. Softwood cuttings are sections cut from the new young growth of plants and grown into new plants. They should be taken from mid-spring to early summer and potted up by mid-summer at the latest, to give the new plants time to develop roots before winter.

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Make birdhouses

It is excellent to make your own birdhouse, and there are many different ways to do this from recycling old household items to buying some wood or a birdhouse kit and making it yourself DIY style. As long as it is safe, secure, and there is enough room, you are likely to see some of your typical garden birds nesting in no time. If you really want to see what goes on inside the birdhouse as nesting gets underway, there are even wildlife cameras that you can put into the box and watch the egg-laying and hatching action from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few ideas for you to make yours.

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Garden plant of the moment: Hydrangea

A foretaste of summer, potted mophead hydrangeas are a popular houseplant gift choice in spring, making a beautiful alternative to cut flowers with their glossy dark green leaves and striking rounded flower heads. Although they’re best grown outdoors, mophead hydrangeas (the botanical name is Hydrangea macrophylla, and they’re also sometimes called hortensias) can be grown as houseplants for a time in spring, then moved outdoors when the weather warms up. If you’ve been given a potted hydrangea, here’s how to take care of it. 

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10 reasons to go to your county's garden show next year

We have made a list of 10 reasons to go to your county's garden show next year. Unfortunately, we can't enjoy the lovely designs and gardens at the county garden shows. Make sure you don't miss it next year, it's worth it. Please, stay safe and stay healthy.

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How to grow your own strawberry smoothie

Sweet and juicy, nothing tastes better than your own fresh-picked strawberries still warm from the sun. Eat them with cream, slice them over your breakfast cereal or whiz them up into a delicious smoothie. Here’s how to grow your very own supply of strawberries.

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Flower of the month: Alstroemeria

Are you wondering why you should grow Alstroemeria, and what exactly is it? There are many reasons why growing this plant can bring benefits to you and your garden, which we have included in this article. Often called the Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas or Parrot Lily, it is mainly found in the mountainous regions of the Andes but can also be grown in your garden. Here is just why you should give this gorgeous plant a try in your garden. Find out everything about the flower of this month: Alstroemeria.

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