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Brian Kidd

BRIAN KIDD: Killing worms and poorly poinsettias

Our horticultural hotshot solves your problems and comes up with a list of jobs to be getting on with as March approaches.
Homes and Gardens
Now is a good time to consider planting a rose bed

BRIAN KIDD: Ensure your life will always be a bed of roses...

My word the garden has suddenly changed from ordinary to grand thanks to drifts of snowdrops, a canopy of Chinese witch hazel flowers, nodding Christmas roses and romantic camellias.
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Make sure the entrance to nesting boxes faces north to ensure birds don't overheat when the sun's out.

BRIAN KIDD: Your gardening problems solved and jobs for the weekend

Our horticultural hotshot dips into his inbox and sets you to work.
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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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Tulip Oxford.

BRIAN KIDD: Your gardening questions answered and jobs for the weekend

Our horticultural hotshot this week gets to grips with super-early cucumbers and a deteriorating Daphne.
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Off to a new home: a daunting task but it can be done if you follow Brian's advice.

BRIAN KIDD: It's a tricky job but worth it in the end

All good gardeners will tell you this is the time to move plants around if there’s a need to do so. The soil is moist and provided you can walk on the surface without the soil clinging to your boots and no frost or snow is forecast, most gardening jobs can be undertaken.
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A blackbird eating a shrivelled apple on a lawn.

BRIAN KIDD: Crocks and how to get rid of slippery paths

Our horticultural hotshot answers your questions and has timely jobs for you to complete
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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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Chinese witch hazel.

BRIAN KIDD: Love the scent, but what's the shrub?

Our gardening expert answers your queries and finds work for you to do in the coming week.
Heritage
Now is the time to get to grips with your strawberry bed.

BRIAN KIDD: Strawberry fields forever – but renew them every three years

My word, the garden at home is really wet. As you know, I don't get on the ground if the weather is unsuitable but it's wonderful to enjoy the perfume of the Chinese witch hazel, daphne Jacqueline Postill and the mahonia japonica. I am so pleased we have many lovely evergreens with perfumed flowers.
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Carnations love chalk.

BRIAN KIDD: Great tips for first-time greenhouse growers

If you would like to sow seeds in the greenhouse, perhaps for the first time, start with something easy to germinate. A good choice is carnations which can be grown on as annuals in a sunny border. I suggest these because they only need 7C (45F) and they don’t damp off like many other seedlings in cold weather.
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Alpine saxifrage.

BRIAN KIDD: Hyacinth problems and muddy saxifrage

Our horticultural hotshot answers readers' questions and has a list of jobs for the coming week.
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 BRIAN KIDD: How to keep your Christmas tree for next year

BRIAN KIDD: How to keep your Christmas tree for next year

Our gardening expert answers readers' questions and suggests jobs for the coming week.
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BRIAN KIDD: What the butler saw was... an imaginative use of alpines

BRIAN KIDD: What the butler saw was... an imaginative use of alpines

I enjoy reading you letters and do my best to answer your questions here in The News and as you will know I often send you a personal reply in hand writing if there are too many letters to be answered in print.
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BRIAN KIDD: How to get red tomatoes in December

BRIAN KIDD: How to get red tomatoes in December

Our horticultural expert answers your queries and has jobs for the coming week – weather permitting.
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BRIAN KIDD: Days are getting longer so we're now thinking about fuchsias

BRIAN KIDD: Days are getting longer so we're now thinking about fuchsias

I am always glad when we get to the shortest day – December 21 – each year because, believe it or not, we gain a few more minutes of daylight in the afternoon. The best thing about Christmas night is that it is three minutes lighter in the evening.
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BRIAN KIDD: Answers your questions about everything from raspberries to grape hyacinths

BRIAN KIDD: Answers your questions about everything from raspberries to grape hyacinths

He's also got some jobs for you to do – Christmas or not!
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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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BRIAN KIDD: This is how you get rid of –– Mind Your Own Business

BRIAN KIDD: This is how you get rid of –– Mind Your Own Business

Our horticultural hotshot solves your problems and has a list of jobs to be getting on with – weather permitting.
Homes and Gardens

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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