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BRIAN KIDD: Want ultra-trendy violets? Put them in a fish tank

I started cutting down the old dead stems on the plants in the herbaceous border at home, but because of the wind and rain had to stop.

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Don't risk planting supermarket potatoes

BRIAN KIDD: Should I plant supermarket spuds? PLUS Jobs for the weekend

Our gardening expert answers your questions

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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Keep cosy and make big plans for your plot

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Keep cosy and make big plans for your plot

January, brrrrrrr. It would be great if we could all go abroad for this horrible month.

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Winter brassicas thrive in frost, but take months to mature.

Self-sufficiency is the dream, but be realistic

Total self-sufficiency in growing your own vegetables is the allotment holder’s dream – mine too. But I settle for the reality of having grown something fresh and tasty to pick every month in the year, augmented by market purchases to add variety.

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Redundant sinks can be converted into miniature alpine gardens

BRIAN KIDD: A kitchen sink drama – ideal for alpines

I had a lovely lettter from Mrs Williams who lives at Southsea.

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Grow your own walnuts - it will take a decade

BRIAN KIDD: Your letters and this week’s jobs

Our gardening expert answers your horticultural queries

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HIRES Portsmouth in bloom logos HIRES PPP-140327-131353001

Get crafty at Southsea Green

Hi, I’m Lisa and my love of craftworking has led to the formation of Loopyloop, a home for creative crafts and design based at the Craft Shack at Southsea Green by Canoe Lake.

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Carnations can be grown as annuals in a sunny border

BRIAN KIDD: We’re now heading downhill to summer

We had a lovely surprise on Christmas morning.

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Chinese witchhazel - hamamellis mollis

BRIAN KIDD: How to propagate a climbing rose and jobs to be done this week

Our gardening expert delves into this week’s postbag

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Southsea Greenhouse: A bird-feeding recipe to try at home

I might just be up for peeking out from under my duvet soon when the sun’s out a little more – more chance of me getting into my wellies and ferrying my giant bag of Christmas veggie peelings up the road to the compost bins.

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Strawberries - the largest fruits come from the newest plants.

BRIAN KIDD: Time to revitalise your strawberries

I do admire all allotmenteers who have completed their winter digging. I haven’t had time.

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Lateral thinking down at Southsea Greenhouse

Lateral thinking down at Southsea Greenhouse

When space is at a premium and you don’t have a lovely green grass space or good soil, then some lateral thinking is called for.

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Mahonia Charity

BRIAN KIDD: Gets to grips with a thuggish mahonia and sets you homework for the week ahead

And from this week’s postbag we have...

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Madame Petrick - the cause of a love affair with azaleas

BRIAN KIDD: I fell in love with azaleas at cinema

Thank you very much indeed for all your Christmas cards. Pam and I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

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End-of-year report from Southsea Greenhouse

End-of-year report from Southsea Greenhouse

So this is the year our garden fairies got very muddy, digging up trees from the tennis patch to put on the cricket pitch and the adventure playground at Somers Town.

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Christmas favourites - poinsettias.

BRIAN KIDD: Keep your poinsettia in the dark

Thank you for all your letters, messages and cards. Pam and I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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Bramley apples

BRIAN KIDD: Can I save my bramley apple tree?

Our gardening expert dips into this week’s postbag and finds jobs for you to do this week

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If your fuchsias are against a wall they might survive the winter.

BRIAN KIDD: Over the hill? Then dig up your fuchsias

I am always glad when we get to the shortest day of the year.

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A hoverfly

BRIAN KIDD: Watch out! Don’t slip

Our gardening guru answers readers’ letters and e-mails and puts you to work for the coming week, weather permitting

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Dreaming of a green Christmas

Dreaming of a green Christmas

Our Keep Pompey Green campaign celebrated its first exhibition last week at Le Cafe Parisien, hosted by Keep Milton Green, Aspex Gallery, the Green Party, and Southsea Green, and was attended by the lord mayor, MPs and councillors who picked their favourite 20 artworks to go on to an exhibition at Lakeside1000 in the new year.

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