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BRIAN KIDD: on how to save polyanthus and potted roses

Our gardening expert answers your e-mails and letters and sets you to work in the coming week.

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Wonderfully perfumed  - petunia Blue Vein

BRIAN KIDD: The crafty gardener’s guide to saving cash this summer

Wow, aren’t we all busy in the garden!

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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Make sure you plant pollen-rich flowers to save the bee

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Make sure you plant pollen-rich flowers to save the bee

Along with birdsong and the hum of a distant lawnmower, the buzz of a bee brings to mind long, lazy summer days.

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Gardening: Five of the best hanging baskets

Gardening: Five of the best hanging baskets

We look at 5 impressive hanging baskets for spring and summer....
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Rotation is the way to successful veg growing. Raised beds make it even better.

BRIAN KIDD: Going around in circles is the best way to grow veg

It’s good to see the great return to growing vegetables and two letters inspired my thoughts this week.

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A triumph. Wallflower Golden Bedder

BRIAN KIDD: Readers’ horticultural problems and jobs for the Easter weekend

Our gardening expert delves into his inbox to answer your questions

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Hellebore Christmas rose

BRIAN KIDD: Your questions answered and jobs for the week ahead

Our gardening expert dips into his inbox

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It might be spring but we could still get frosts like this one shot on Butser Hill by reader Mark Edgehill

BRIAN KIDD: The fogs of March point to the frosts of May: were you counting?

Thank you for your lovely letters which often give me inspiration for this column, whether it’s in the garden or at the allotment.

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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Blossom on every tree

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Blossom on every tree

It must be spring: there are people coming up the garden path without coats and there’s blossom on every tree.

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The blackbird is one of the most common birds in the UK

Hampshire gardeners seeing blackbird boom

HAMPSHIRE residents are spotting more birds in their back garden than they were 10 years ago, according to the RSPB.

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Astilbe: a vision in pink and great in mud. Picture: Magnus Manske/Wikimedia

BRIAN KIDD: Your questions answered and jobs for the week ahead

Our gardening expert dips into his inbox

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Sweet peas will grow well in almost any garden, if they can reach for the stars

BRIAN KIDD: Scent from the gods – the sweet smell of an English garden

What about growing sweet peas?

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Why not step beyond the gates down at Southsea Green?

Why not step beyond the gates down at Southsea Green?

he brightly-painted blue gates of Southsea Green’s gardens welcome visitors to ‘step beyond the gates’.

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The community project displays were destroyed once again

Emsworth In Bloom displays destroyed by vandals again

HEARTBROKEN volunteers who run Emsworth In Bloom (EIB) have condemned the vandals who ruined much of their work to brighten up the town.

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Now's the time for pricking out those seedlings. Picture: peganum/Flickr

BRIAN KIDD: It’s full steam ahead as the new gardening year begins

It’s a busy time. Suddenly jobs are piling up, weeds are growing, the lawn needs cutting, and there aren’t enough hours in the day even though the clocks have sprung forward.

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Volunteers for children’s gardening scheme wanted on Hayling Island

CAN YOU spare time to plant seeds that will turn into a love of gardening in the minds of children?

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An old wheelbarrow makes an ideal planter near the house for immediate colour

BRIAN KIDD: Everything including a kitchen sink for an instant colour splash

What about a bit of instant colour in a container near the house?

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Bay tree trimmed into a giant circular lollipop shape. 
Picture: Brian Snelson

BRIAN KIDD: ...on a cuckoo in the nest and this week’s jobs to be done

Brian answers readers’ queries

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SOUTHSEA GREEN: A magical time of year

SOUTHSEA GREEN: A magical time of year

The weather has been so-so this week, good enough to get out the wheelbarrow to take some old plant pots up the garden, and mild enough to get indoor plants out of the polytunnel for some rain water.

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The group is encouraging more young people to get gardening

Sowing the seeds for the next generation

MENGHAM Junior School club is organising a week of activity for children and adults to create greater awareness of the Growing Together scheme.

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