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Gardening: 5 of the best garden gloves

We look at 5 of the best garden gloves

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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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SOUTHSEA GREEN: With Irene Strange

SOUTHSEA GREEN: With Irene Strange

I love trees and tree-hugging can be reassuring and spiritually uplifting.
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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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SOUTHSEA GREEN with Sue Stokes

SOUTHSEA GREEN with Sue Stokes

I hope you’re keeping cosy on these chilly days and am sure you must, like me, be glad of the warm beds and roofs over our heads.
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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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SOUTHSEA GREEN with... Goff Gleadle

SOUTHSEA GREEN with... Goff Gleadle

A hard frost, hard winter too? Time to prepare.
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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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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Enjoy what the winter garden offers

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Enjoy what the winter garden offers

The recent cold weather, followed by strong winds and rain have not made walking round the garden much fun.
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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.
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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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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Winter life at the community garden

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Winter life at the community garden

This week, a poem from Irene Strange
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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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BRIAN KIDD: Want Christmas sparkle in the garden? Try evergreens

BRIAN KIDD: Want Christmas sparkle in the garden? Try evergreens

Have a look at your garden, does it look interesting during the winter – and especially at Christmas? After all, you've decorated the house, so now spend some time on the garden.
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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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