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Gardening: 5 of the best barbecues

We look at 5 of the best garden barbecues

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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Happy seventh birthday

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Happy seventh birthday

he old saying ‘from small acorns mighty oaks will grow’ might one day describe Southsea Green.    
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Time to plant your maincrop potatoes.

GARDENING: Plan your weekend gardening with Brian Kidd

  Jobs for the coming weekend
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Leptospermum scoparium also known as Snow White Tea Tree. An evergreen shrub with small white flowers.

GARDENING: Your questions answered and tasks for the week ahead

Brian Kidd opens his inbox and solves your problems.
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Freshly-picked swedes

GARDENING: How to grow great veg, with Brian Kidd

It’s good to know there is a great return to growing vegetables and two letters inspired my thoughts this week. One was from Janice at Fareham who has not had much luck with the swede, beetroot or cabbage family. The other was from Chris at Bedhampton who would like ideas for making vegetables look attractive in his flower garden?
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Westbourne gardens will open to visitors to raise money for local charities

Villagers show-off their gardens for charity

Once every three years, villagers in Westbourne invite thousands of people to wander around their gardens.

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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Could you be an allotment buddy?

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Could you be an allotment buddy?

Allotment Buddies is an exciting new project from Food Portsmouth,an independent organisation that aims to support, develop and promote a fair and positive, sustainable food culture across Portsmouth and Southsea.  
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Free sowing class for keen gardeners

A COUNCIL is hosting a free sowing class to teach people in the town how to sow and grow cut flowers.

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WATCH: Go inside a luxury £1m-plus Hayling home that’s for sale

When you know what you want from a house, how glorious it must be to take charge of its inception and creation.

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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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Sweet peas - the scent of summer

GARDENING: Brian Kidd on how to grow perfect sweet peas

What about growing lovely sweet peas this summer? People are always talking about a lack of fragrance in the garden, well here's a plant which will grow well in almost any garden provided they can get up into the sunshine.
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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Making plans for spring

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Making plans for spring

As a novice gardener myself and trying to encourage young people to get outside and embrace growing and learning, the Catch22 ‘bed’ plot has been a haphazard, yet brilliant experiment in the past two years.
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Gloxinias.

GARDENING: Glorious gloxinias make wonderful house plants

Gloxinias are beautiful plants and look wonderful in a greenhouse during the summer as they normally come into flower during late July and remain in bloom until the cold weather arrives in autumn.
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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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SOUTHSEA GREEN: We've got trees to give away

SOUTHSEA GREEN: We've got trees to give away

Southsea Green is a beloved green space where we grow local food and flowers. It''s a community garden, transformed from long-forgotten wasteland.
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Now is just about the right time to plant Busy Lizzy seeds.

GARDENING: Now's the time to plant Busy Lizzie seeds, says Brian Kidd

If you love Busy Lizzies and would like to try to grow them from seed, then this is just about the right time to sow them. So why not devote part of your Easter weekend to this absorbing job? Why is this the right time? Because, as you might have noticed already, there is a lot more energy in the sun now and it may be easier to hit the temperature required for their germination.
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Wessex Orchid Society members Derek Ridley., left, and David Gourley with an impressive array of plants     Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Orchid show is back in bloom

SNOW at the beginning of March may have delayed the Wessex Orchid Society’s show, but everyone agreed it was worth the wait.

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The Hayling Island Horticultural Society Main Summer Show

BIG READ: Vibrant spring flower shows burst into life 

Works of art come in many forms – paintings, sculptures, jewellery. 
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Gloxinias.

GARDENING: Readers' questions and a whole host of horticultural jobs from Brian Kidd

Our gardening expert with advice and things to be getting on with as the new gardening season kicks off.
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Shoots of golden rod are beginning to show.

GARDENING: Brian Kidd springs back into action after that long, miserable winter

Things are starting to grow at last and herbaceous perennial plants such as golden rod, phlox and hostas are emerging from the soil.
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