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  1. How to recognise, treat and prevent heat damage in plants

    How to recognise, treat and prevent heat damage in plants
    After months of extreme temperatures and scorching winds, many gardens have suffered so much heat damage that they look as if someone held a blowtorch over them. New growth is dry and brown, fruit may be cooked on the plant, and lawns have disappeared. The natural reaction to seeing burnt leaves and stems is to get out the secateurs or...
  2. Gardening 101: A buyer's guide to plant selection

    Gardening 101: A buyer's guide to plant selection
    A visit to a garden centre to buy plants for your garden can be an overwhelming experience. For me, it’s like being a kid in the candy store with so many pretty things begging to go in my trolley. While it can be great fun, plant selection is key - otherwise, when you get home you may find that there’s...
  3. Gardening 101: Fun in the sun - exploring sun and light exposure needs

    Gardening 101: Fun in the sun - exploring sun and light exposure needs
    I have two dogs and they have very different preferences when it comes to sunshine. One of them loves lying in the sun, while the other gets hot quickly and prefers the shade. Our plants, too, have preferences for sunlight or shade - but unlike the dogs, they can’t move into the spot they think looks most comfortable, so they...

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