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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Planning for the new season

Last weekend we met to make garden plans. A long overdue meeting for all our plot-holders and volunteers to launch the new season.  
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Now's 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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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Planning for the new season

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Planning for the new season

Last weekend we met to make garden plans. A long overdue meeting for all our plot-holders and volunteers to launch the new season.
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A withered poinsettia. This may not be your fault.

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.
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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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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Latest from Treadgolds community garden

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Latest from Treadgolds community garden

  After seemingly months of wet and windy weather there are signs of healthy green shoots in the Treadgolds Community Garden at Portsea.
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Andrew James Garden Tool Set with Folding Stool and Storage.

Gardening: 5 of the best garden tool sets

We look at 5 of the best garden tool sets

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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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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Joy of gardening is infectious

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Joy of gardening is infectious

   Vik Burnand with the latest from Portsmouth's community garden. 
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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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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Things are slowly coming back to life

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Things are slowly coming back to life

The first early signs of spring are showing at the garden with daffodils coming into bud.
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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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SOUTHSEA GREEN: Come and join our gardening and craft sessions

SOUTHSEA GREEN: Come and join our gardening and craft sessions

February sees the beginning of a collaborative project between Southsea Green and Eastney Community Centre. We will be offering gardening and craft sessions at the two venues to bring together the two communities .
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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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