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Addicted to Chillis, Guest Blogger Mark Comes Clean

Macho Whilst a lot of young men would not want to admit that they were fond of gardening, they would certainly not hesitate to admit to growing chillis. Chilli-growing has recently developed into a very popular cult – and a very male-dominated, macho one at that! At approaching 60, I definitely don’t fit that stereotype, but…

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Propagating Lavender at the Villas…

Lavender Seeds Early this year I bought a packet of Munstead Lavender seeds that have been very successful, the resulting plantlets currently doing well in a nursery bed in the fruit cage. However I was interested to try a bit of propagating this time because it looked easy, it’s free and because you can never…

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Sweet Pea – Lathyrus Odoratus – You Can Grow That!

Memories As a child, during the summer months there was always a little vase of delicate flowers standing on my parents’ television. Every Saturday morning my grandparents would walk the few kilometres from their home to ours for a cup of coffee and my grandfather would bring some home grown flowers from his garden such…

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Spring, a time for sowing

Sowing time Spring’s almost here and it’s a time of year that we gardeners go a little bit crazy. It’s no use engaging us in conversation or getting us to do anything other than growing. It’s like we are engrossed in a movie or lost in our favourite book. Focused, we grasp the task in…

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Grow Your Own, You Can Grow That!

Price of food A lot of gardeners might raise their eyebrows and roll their eyes when they see the title of this post. They might sigh and say “DUH!” but there are so many people out there with ornamental gardens or balconies and windowsills who have never ever considered growing anything but the 5 euro…

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