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BRIAN KIDD: Get the children in your life to do the hard work

This week’s article is inspired by an enjoyable visit by Rebecca and David our teenaged grandchildren.

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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Autumnal reflections

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Autumnal reflections

Ah, September. A good time to reflect on what works.

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Freshly harvested kale cabbage

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BRIAN KIDD: Readers’ questions and gardening jobs for the week

Our gardening expert sifts through his inbox to solve your problems and has a list of jobs to be getting on with.

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BRIAN KIDD: From pom poms to cactus, dahlias just keep on giving

BRIAN KIDD: From pom poms to cactus, dahlias just keep on giving

One of my favourite summer flowering plants is the dahlia. Pam and I love them because of the wonderful colours,shapes and sizes.
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BRIAN KIDD: Sorts out a problem hedge and gives you work for the weekend

Our gardening expert answers your e-mails and letters and sets you some tasks for the weekend
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Camellia Debbie

BRIAN KIDD: Solves problems with celery and has plenty of jobs for the weekend

Our gardening expert answers your questions and sets you to work for the weekend
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I have been pleased with our attractive flowering heathers, those which bloom during the winter.
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SOUTHSEA GREEN: our pledge to save trees

SOUTHSEA GREEN: our pledge to save trees

This week we started a new growing project with the University of Portsmouth which is researching the use of hydroponics in the community. Will send more news on that next week, except to say if you have an interest please pop into the garden and talk to Jean or message us on Facebook to get involved.
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Runner beans - perfect for getting children interested in gardening.

BRIAN KIDD: From these seeds, mighty gardeners might sprout

Children are on holiday and it might be difficult to find interesting things for them to do. Here are some suggestions which might fill a few days and encourage them to take an interest in the garden.
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Camden Allotment and the green space off Manor Way in Gosport have fallen foul of Japanese knotweed. Picture: Google Street View

Council to spend over £60,000 on eradicating weeds

A COUNCIL has agreed to spend a whopping £64,000 on the eradication of weeds in a community space and allotment.

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Long-lasting: lavender will do you proud.

BRIAN KIDD: Forget wild flowers, go for lavender

It is great to receive letters which inspire me to write about a particular subject so, by popular demand, I thought it might be a good idea to look at lavendula spica which we all know as the humble, beautiful and elegant lavender.

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A burgeoning bramley apple tree

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BRIAN KIDD: Your gardening questions and jobs for the weekend

Our expert solves your horticultural dilemmas and sets you to work for the weekend

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Prevention is better than cure when it comes to blackspot. Brian advises to act now.

BRIAN KIDD: Act now to prevent your roses succumbing to nasty blackspot

It’s been a very good year for most plants in the garden but now the evenings are drawing in, the fungal problems on the roses will become a nuisance.

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Dove orchid no flight of fancy

THIS WEEK IN 1982: Fareham’s the new home of rare orchid

One of the world’s rare orchids, an endangered plant which could no longer be found in the wild, was in the caring hands of a Fareham enthusiast.

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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Thoughts of war and peace

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Thoughts of war and peace

Listen carefully, there’s music on that summer breeze, and birdsong, and the sound of people. Sometimes rain on the trees making the grass greener and filling our water butts.

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Follow Brians advice and this will not happen to your hyacinths.

BRIAN KIDD: A hyacinth bouquet means one thing – it’s Christmas!

I thought we would stay indoors this week because I have been reading your letters and as I have mentioned so many times, the weeds have been rampant this year.

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Keep your fuchsias looking like this - beware the gal mite

BRIAN KIDD: Your letters and jobs for the weekend

Our gardening expert solves your horticultural dilemmas and sets you homework for the long weekend

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Dead-head your delphiniums and you should get another show in the autumn.

BRIAN KIDD: How to get herbaceous plants to bloom again

My word, after a long spell of dry weather when everything seemed to be struggling, rain saved the day and our herbaceous border has grown like mad, weeds and all.

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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Bags of help

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Bags of help

Fancy getting creative? Then sow, grow and make with our Southsea Green Fingers project.

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