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Brian Kidd

  GARDENING: Jobs for the weekend

  Brian Kidd sets you to work.
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Try cosmos to extend the flowering life of your borders.

GARDENING: Brian Kidd’s tips for getting your border to flower all summer long

I’ve had a letter from Leonard at Cosham who loves his flower borders. But like most of us he realises that nearly all herbaceous plants bloom for about three weeks and then there’s nothing but foliage.
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It's time to plant out your leeks.

GARDENING: Jobs for the week with Brian Kidd  

Our gardening expert has a host of horticultural tasks for you to tackle this week.
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Daffodils which need dead-heading.

GARDENING: Brian Kidd answers readers' letters and suggests jobs for the long weekend ahead

Our popular gardening expert delves into his inbox.
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Laurel bush hedge growing in a spring garden.

GARDENING: Question time with Brian Kidd

Readers' problems solved.
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Dahlias - one of the boldest plants you can grow .

GARDENING: Brian Kidd is planning for summer with dahlias

For years flowers have been blooming earlier, but this year things are back to normal – in fact people tell me everything is late and it's all because of our weather.
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Hydrangea aspera Villosa - prune after flowering.

GARDENING: Brian Kidd on hydrangea pruning and moving bamboos

Our horticultural expert answers your queries
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Winter-flowering heather will give a carpet of colour.

BRIAN KIDD: Evergreens will make your garden glow, even in winter

Now is the time to take a good look at the skeletal form of your garden. Mid-winter allows us to take stock and plan for the coming year and if you are considering planting shrubs you will find they are great time-savers.
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Triteleias - perfect for dry shade under a hedge

BRIAN KIDD: A swathe of colour for deep shade underneath a hedge

It can be difficult to choose plants which will survive in shade and in particular beneath a tall hedge where the roots are close to the top of the ground and there is little soil to cultivate.
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BRIAN KIDD: The plant that says Christmas is here comes from... Mexico

BRIAN KIDD: The plant that says Christmas is here comes from... Mexico

It was a wonderful Christingle afternoon at St Mary’s Church, Fratton, last Sunday week. It was great to say hello and I'd like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and the best new year ever. Thank you very much for all your letters and cards.
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Time to plant your maincrop potatoes.

 GARDENING: Brian Kidd's jobs for the weekend 

  There's plenty to do here...
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Earthworm saved from the sun.

GARDENING: Jobs for the week ahead with Brian Kidd

From saving worms to tasty spring greens  
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Potatoes are easy to grow - why not grow them early? They have lovely foliage

GARDENING: Brian Kidd on enjoying early spring potatoes 

Potatoes are one of the most important vegetables in our diet. They are easy to grow but plant them in soil which has not hosted this crop for two years or more.
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Clematis Montana.

BRIAN KIDD: One of the great gardening mysteries – how to prune clematis

As you know, I try to make gardening fun as well as informative. I get a lot of questions about pruning clematis, so here is an easy guide to one of the most common horticultural problems.
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Seaweed and straw  the perfect combination for sandy soil.

BRIAN KIDD: How to get the best out of sandy soil

Thanks to David from Hayling Island who writes to say he has a very sandy soil which dries out during hot summers. He asks if I would write about how to deal with this geology. It is good to know you enjoy these articles David.
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BRIAN KIDD: The amazing life of plants and how to make them thrive

BRIAN KIDD: The amazing life of plants and how to make them thrive

How are the flowering plants in your home? With a bit of luck they are OK and will flourish for weeks because plants bought these days are carefully raised by some of the best growers in the world.
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BRIAN KIDD: Curse of couch grass

BRIAN KIDD: Curse of couch grass

  Our gardening expert tackles your horticultural problems and comes up with a list of jobs – yes, even for this time of the year!
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Act now to produce camellia blooms like these next winter.

GARDENING: Best winter-flowering shrub of all now needs some TLC

If I were to ask you the name of the best winter-flowering evergreen shrub, I wonder if you would come up with the answer? Of course you knew, it's the camellia.
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A wonderul host of Achimenes

GARDENING: Brian Kidd's suggestions for flowers for the greenhouse bench

This is a busy time for gardeners. We are wrapped up in our huge list of things that need to be done, things like which plants shall we have in the greenhouse besides tomatoes and cucumbers?
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Prune your roses now.

BRIAN KIDD: How to prune bush roses

This is a good time to prune bush roses. Do it on a pleasant day without having to do something else – you know how easy it is to be diverted to other jobs.
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