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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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Brendan Charles, left, and colleagues receive the Best Garden Award on behalf of Horndean Community Association from Linzi Stean, right, from sponsor Colas

Two-year renovation project ‘worth every moment’

WHEN the four-and-a-half acre gardens at Merchistoun Hall in Horndean fell into disrepair, it was always going to be a mammoth job to restore it to its former glory.

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  SOUTHSEA GREENHOUSE: Latest from the Friends of Southsea Rock Gardens

SOUTHSEA GREENHOUSE: Latest from the Friends of Southsea Rock Gardens

A great month for the Southsea Rock Garden Friends. First we had news we'd won the top grant from the 2017 Victorious Festival organisers. Thanks to everyone who voted for us.
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Be aware when out in the garden

Seven crimes you might be committing in your own garden without realising

Thousands of British gardeners are at risk of becoming unwitting criminals due to a lack of knowledge of basic gardening laws, experts have claimed.

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BRIAN KIDD: From the mud and rotting foliage, beauty will shoot again

BRIAN KIDD: From the mud and rotting foliage, beauty will shoot again

At this time of year I get a bit fed up with the weather. In particular I hate the wind, as regular readers will know.
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SOUTHSEA GREEN: A hidden gem

SOUTHSEA GREEN: A hidden gem

I wandered into a pretty, hidden garden by Canoe Lake, about three years ago, on a friend's recommendation.
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BRIAN KIDD: A reader's question inspired by Remembrance Sunday, plus a list of jobs to be getting on with

Our gardening expert dips into his bulging inbox and sets you to work.
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Treat them well and phalaenopsis could flower for nine months.

BRIAN KIDD: Just perfect for winter: these orchids love central heating

A visit to a good garden centre is enhanced when there is a display of phalaenopsis orchids.

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Not just for vampires. Garlic paste will keep cats at bay too.

BRIAN KIDD: Readers’ questions and jobs for this weekend

Your problems solved by our horticultural wizard as well as a whole list of jobs - yes, even in November.

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SOUTHSEA GREEN: The head gardener writes...

SOUTHSEA GREEN: The head gardener writes...

I’m head gardener at Southsea Green community garden. I advise volunteers and plot-holders on planting.

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Bulb fields in all their glory are one of the most stunning sights in horticulture.

BRIAN KIDD: Tulips might have faded from fashion, but we love them!

In the 1960s we grew more tulips in fields in eastern parts of England than were grown in Holland.

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Cherry tree Stella

BRIAN KIDD: Gardening jobs for the weekend and your problems solved

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

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Make a clean cut just below a leaf joint.

BRIAN KIDD: Now is the perfect time to take your hardwood cuttings

The weather has stopped work at the allotment, but last weekend I picked a dozen lovely runner beans.

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Brain recommends pea Feltham First.

BRIAN KIDD: How do I save my 50p orchid?

Our gardening expert solves your problems and has a list of jobs for you this weekend

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Narcissus Geranium.

BRIAN KIDD: Dripping gutters? Then you need primula denticulata...

Let’s have a look at a few plants which will give us a spring to look forward to.

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Scabious

BRIAN KIDD: What does FBB mean?

Our gardening expert answers your letters and suggests jobs for the weekend.

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Chrysanthemums bought in pots and added to the border look great in autumn.

BRIAN KIDD: Mum’s the word for an added splash of autumn fire in borders

Everyone seems to want to get on with planting for spring, but do hold on until you have a frost which kills the summer bedding plants before rushing out there trying to clear everything away.

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