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Take Your Own Plant Cuttings

Wildlife

Propagating by taking cuttings, whether from your own plants or ones you admire in neighbouring gardens, is a fantastic way of increasing the variety of plants in your own garden free of charge, and all you need are a sharp knife and patience.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Monday, 14th of May, 2018.

How To Attract Birds To Your Garden

Gardening

Attracting birds into a garden can only be beneficial. Not only adding colour and vibrancy, they are fascinating to observe and will also act as natural predators, feeding on unwanted insects, grubs and other garden pests.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 18th of September, 2014.

How To Choose Spring Bulbs For Early Colour

Nesting Boxes

Spring flowering bulbs brighten the garden from when snow is on the ground right through to the sunlit early summer. Here is David Hall's guide to achieving a marvellous display of colour to herald in the new year.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Monday, 22nd of August, 2016.

HTA Plant Show 2016

Crocus

As GardenSIte's plant specialist I always keenly anticipate the HTA National Plant Show. This is my chance to visit nurseries, find out what's trending in the horticultural world and source new stock, all from under one roof.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 24th of June, 2016.

Camellia, The Prettiest Flowering Shrub

Plants & Flowers

David Hall thinks that Camellias are without doubt among the prettiest flowering shrubs and, although not native to this country, they are perfectly at home in a cool climate, enjoying dry winters and warm, wet summers.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Tuesday, 5th of April, 2016.

Top Tips For Buying & Sowing Seeds

Seasonal

Most keen gardeners can't wait until spring arrives, bringing with it warmer temperatures. The opportunity to buy and sow seed for the coming season has arrived and David Hall explains how to do this successfully.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Monday, 4th of April, 2016.

Best Gardens To Visit In The Spring

Spring

Spring is a wonderful time to visit a garden where you'll see new vibrant colour and planting that will inspire you for the year to come. Here are David Hall's suggestions regarding the best spring gardens to visit.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 31st of March, 2016.

Take Part In The Big Garden Birdwatch

Seasonal

On the weekend of 30 – 31 January it will be your chance to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. David Hall was one of half a million people who took part last year, recording a vital snapshot of nature in the UK.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 27th of January, 2016.

How To Grow Conservatory Plants

Hedgehogs

If you're fortunate enough to have a conservatory, plants from all over the world can be invited into your home. As David Hall explains, succulents, citrus fruits and plants with outstanding foliage can all can be grown successfully in the warm, bright conditions.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

How To Grow And Care For Succulents

Plants

David Hall has always enjoyed growing the vast and varied group of plants known as succulents and cacti. As he explains, their attempts to master a range of often hostile conditions, has resulted in the development of a fantastic array of interesting and appealing shapes, colours and textures.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

Raised Beds For Vegetables Explained

Succulents

David Hall was digging his allotment recently, keeping an eye on an adjacent plot holder who was constructing raised beds. Taking a breather, it crossed his mind whether he should adopt such a system, would it prove more productive and less hard work?

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 21st of August, 2015.

Plants That Are Poisonous For Pets

Organic Gardening

Enthusiastic gardeners who are also pet owners may be surprised to learn that many of the plants they grow are toxic to cats and dogs. David Hall has been reading a recent report detailing the dangers.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 8th of July, 2015.

Using Containers And Planters To Grow Vegetables

Laurel

Many of us have modest outside spaces but they needn't be unproductive and, as David Hall finds out, containers and planters are a brilliant way of growing vegetables and herbs.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 17th of June, 2015.

Create Your Own Jurassic World With These Dinosaurs

Organic Gardening

To coincide with the release of Jurassic World on 11 June, David Hall describes how you can create your own theme park with dinosaurs produced in fine detail and with enormous precision by Toscano and Borderstone.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Monday, 8th of June, 2015.

How To Water Garden Plants Throughout The Summer

Toscano

With a bit of luck, the summer might start soon and that means you may have to keep plants well watered throughout any dry period. David Hall has a few ideas on the most effective ways of ensuring your plants don't go thirsty.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 5th of June, 2015.

Lavatera - A Superb Container Grown Shrub

sprinklers

Container grown shrubs can be planted throughout most of the year. The choice is huge and, for David Hall, the Lavatera is a particular favourite.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 29th of May, 2015.

The Most Beautiful Clematis

Climbing Plants

The beauty of one particular Clematis has enchanted David Hall for many years, Clematis sieboldii or “Florida Bi-Colour” is his queen of the climbers and here he explains why it captivated him.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 28th of May, 2015.

Keeping Hedges In Shape

Climbing Plants

Whether you just have a hedge on one side of your garden or, like David Hall, a garden with laurel hedges on all sides, they will need to be pruned to retain their shape and density.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

Pyracantha A Plant For All Seasons

Laurel

As we enter late autumn and into winter there's not too much colour left in the garden but there is one plant (the Pyracantha) that is a particular favourite of David Hall, whose red, yellow or orange berries stand out from the monochrome garden landscape.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Monday, 27th of October, 2014.

A Guide To Common Plant Diseases

HTA Plant Show

It’s always disappointing when your carefully tended plants fall victim to a mystery ailment. But, as David Hall discovers, this needn’t result in its demise. First identify the complaint, then treat the plant to eliminate the cause, and hopefully the plant will return to healthy growth. Here is David's list of the commonest diseases and how they can be eradicated.

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Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 21st of August, 2015.