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Gardening: the latest gardening news and best gardening advice Gardening news and advice from the Telegraph. Your source for gardening news, advice from our experts and help on how to grow plants and vegetables


Late blossoming love 13 Sep 2011 at 2:58pm
Telegraph View: Can growing a potted Venus fly trap really make you a better lover?



Bulbs you can plant to give your garden a glow 13 Sep 2011 at 7:27am
We look at bulbs you can plant to give your garden a glow next spring in pictures.


How to achieve an exciting burst of new spring colour 13 Sep 2011 at 7:26am
We show you how to achieve an exciting burst of new spring colour with perennial flowering tulips.


Alex James: Down on the farm, where the bees have buzzed off 13 Sep 2011 at 7:15am
Starting his new weekly column, the musician and cheese-maker Alex James writes on farm and family life




Gardening Against the Odds: Horatio Chapple's garden will be a lasting legacy 13 Sep 2011 at 5:59am
Speaking to David Chapple and Annie Maw makes us aware of gardening's power to heal.




Gardening Against the Odds: 'Horatio's garden' will be a lasting legacy 13 Sep 2011 at 5:59am
Speaking to Horatio Chapple's father David, as well as his former patient Annie Maw, makes us aware of gardening's power to heal.




Gardeners' Question Time tour cancelled 12 Sep 2011 at 6:19pm
The popularity of Gardeners' Question Time, the Radio 4 institution, is in question after its first live tour was cancelled due to lack of interest.




Tips for picking and storing apples 12 Sep 2011 at 11:55am
We share the best ways to pick and store apples so that you can keep enjoying them until spring.




Preserve apples to enjoy them until spring 12 Sep 2011 at 11:55am
If you preserve apples grown by making sauces and jellies, then you can enjoy them until spring.



Judith Hann's herb garden in pictures 9 Sep 2011 at 11:07am
We look at pictures from former TV presenter Judith Hann's herb garden.




Judith Hann: Spread the word about herbs 9 Sep 2011 at 11:07am
Judith Hann, the former TV presenter, is passionate about culinary herbs, and shares some of the favourites from her garden.



The National Gardening Show in pictures 9 Sep 2011 at 10:48am
Top dahlias and other highlights from this year's National Gardening Show in Somerset.




Ideas from the National Gardening Show in Somerset 9 Sep 2011 at 10:42am
Sarah Raven picks up some fresh ideas for next season at the pleasantly laid-back National Gardening Show in Somerset.




Tip to clean bird tables and beat squirrels 9 Sep 2011 at 6:48am
Helen Yemm advises readers on jobs in the garden this week, which include cleaning bird tables and beating squirrels.


Clean bird tables and clear out squirrels 9 Sep 2011 at 6:48am
Helen Yemm advises readers on jobs in the garden this week, which include cleaning bird tables and clearing out squirrels.

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Australian Plants

Australian Plants online Update Australian Plants online (APOL) is ASGAP's internet magazine. It contains numerous articles on cultivation, preservation and propagation of Australian Plants.

Feature Article: Growing Western Banksias in Containers Growing in containers may be successful with some western species. (8 August 2009)

Feature Article: Insects and Flowers Insects and plants have a complex relationship and they inter-react in a variety of ways. (5 August 2009)

Short Cuts: An Australian Style Garden What comes to mind when you think of an Australian-style garden? (8 August 2009)

Short Cuts: Getting to Know the Boab Tree Australia's only member of the genus Adansonia, the boab is an iconic tree of the north-west. (5 August 2009)

Review: Banksias - A Field and Garden Guide: Ivan Holliday and Geoffrey Watton FIvan Holliday is one of the doyens of Australian plant writers, having authored sixteen books on Australian plants. He published his first book in 1964, "Growing Australian plants" in collaboration with the then director of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Noel Lothian, and his first book as lead author, in collaboration with Ron Hill, in 1969. This was called "A field guide to Australian trees" and in common with most of his subsequent books, it has been reprinted. ..... (13 August 2009)

Feature Article: Teatree Web Moth (Webbing Caterpillar) A nasty little pest that can disfigure small-leaved teatrees and other Myrtaceae. (23 July 2009)

Short Cuts: Propagating Difficult Seed When all else fails - improvise! (23 July 2009)

Short Cuts: Sooty Mould on Correas and Other Native Plants Watch out for sooty mould - early treatment is the key (20 July 2009)

Short Cuts: Acacias, Butterflies and Ants Don't be in too much of a hurry to kill caterpillars - you may miss something special (14 July 2009)

Review: Flowering Plant Families of the World: V.H. Heywood, R.K. Brummitt, ... For anyone interested in the relationships of Australian plant families and the species they contain with those in the rest of the world, this book is a must. This book is a sequel to Flowering Plants of the World published in 1978. ..... (14 July 2009)

Feature Article: The Joy of Weeding We're kidding, right?! Well, no. It gives us the chance to observe what's happening around us. (21 June 2009)

Feature Article: The Garden in Winter It's cold. It's miserable. But it's not all doom and gloom in the garden. (29 June 2009)

Short Cuts: One 'Must Know' Principle of Gardening It's simple really. Understand your garden site and know its benefits and limitations. (21 June 2009)

Feature Article: Everlasting Daisies Australian daisies for massed colour in the garden. (23 May 2009)

Feature Article: The Dunedin Botanic Garden and its Australian Section Growing Australian plants further south than the bottom tip of Tasmania. (22 May 2009)



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Featured Review: Bean, Gold Mine (Wax) 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Bean, Gold Mine (Wax)

Average Customer Rating 4.9 out of 5

Plants yield early and need no support. One packet has 2 oz. of seed unless noted, and will sow a row of about 20 ft; one pound sows about 160 ft. Our seed is not treated. Very high yields of crisp, ultra-sweet wax beans are borne on compact and unusually upright plants. The beans grow together in clusters that make harvest a snap. Beans are 5-5½" long.
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Featured Review 5 of 5
Delicious
June 28, 2010
By GardenPlot from Chicago
"These beans are producing like crazy and they're super-yummy."

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Featured Review: Tomato, Fourth Of July Hybrid 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Tomato, Fourth Of July Hybrid

Average Customer Rating 4.4 out of 5

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a plentiful harvest of vine-ripened red, luscious tomatoes. The indeterminate plants produce plentiful 4-ounce tomatoes all season long. 49 days.
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Featured Review 5 of 5
2009 Tomato Winner
January 18, 2010
By FrankoB from Minneapolis, MN
"4th of July was my Tomato Winner for 2009. It not only was a fast grower - tolerating early planting here in Minnesota - but it also was the biggest producer of the year. I started plants indoors in early March, and brought them outdoors into protected boxes May 1st. The plants were very hardy and thrived in my EarthBoxes witha soil heating cable for warmth. The plants produced the first Tomatoes by July 10th even with a cold spring in the Northland. Production was huge for both in-ground and those..." more

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Featured Review: Corn, Chubby Checkers Hybrid 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Corn, Chubby Checkers Hybrid

Average Customer Rating 4.2 out of 5

Home gardeners should love this bicolor corn since it was bred specifically for them. It has an extended harvest time, a great sugar-enhanced taste and it doesn't need to be isolated from other sweet corn varieties. It's as pretty on the table as it is on the stalk with a nice mix of white and yellow kernels. Ears measure 8½" long with 14-18 rows each. Height 6½ ft. Ready to harvest in 72 days. GARDEN HINTS: Plant corn in blocks, at least 4 rows wide, for cross-pollination and well-filled ears....more
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Featured Review 5 of 5
The best!!
December 06, 2009
By lizzy from Waynesville
"Grew this for the first time last year, it was great heavy yields, great taste!! We canned it, froze it & ate it fresh!! Very good also great canned! We are still eating it this winter. am reordering for upcoming season. For good germination make sure the ground is warm enough. Thanks."

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Featured Review: Tomato, Heatwave II Hybrid 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Tomato, Heatwave II Hybrid

Average Customer Rating 4.5 out of 5

Grow great tasting tomatoes in the most intense summer heat even at 95°F. Round, 6-7 oz. fruits on com pact plants are extremely disease resistant.
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Featured Review 5 of 5
Pleasantly Surprised
November 11, 2008
By HummingbirdFavorites from Roswell, Georgia
"Being concerned with the drought we're having in the South, I purchased Heat Wave II seeds in 2008 as an "insurance policy" against the summer heat. Of the six varieties that I grew last year, the Heat Wave II tomatoes ripened first and continued to produce until the very end of the growing season. And they're easy to grow. But the texture, consistency and flavor were a pleasant surprise! These are beautiful tomatoes, very meaty with few seeds and a terrific flavor! Most definitely, this was my..." more

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Featured Review: Alyssum, Easter Basket Mix 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Alyssum, Easter Basket Mix

Average Customer Rating 5 out of 5

Unique blend of pastel colors,including lavender,pink,white,deep rosy pink and violet. Tiny fragrant flowers cover spreading plants. Blooms earlier than other varieties. Great for edgings,borders,planters and rock gardens. GARDEN HINTS: Cultivate or mulch to control weeds. For earlier bloom,start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before outdoor planting time. Shear tops of plants in midsummer to stimulate fresh bloom.
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Featured Review 5 of 5
Alyssum Easter Basket Mix
October 01, 2006
By plantlady5 from Little Falls, NY
Plant performance 5 of 5
Appearance 5 of 5
"Planted these seeds in April inside and had small flowers by planting time in May. They took right off when planted in my flower beds and produced good sized mounds 8"-10" across of multi hued colors from white to pinks & purples. They are phenominal compored to the standard white or purple and all the neighbors spent most of the spring & early summer looking for these in nursery's in our area then I told them they were grown from seeds and they could not believe it. We live in a colder region where..." more

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Featured Review: Tomato, Sweet Tangerine Hybrid 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Tomato, Sweet Tangerine Hybrid

Average Customer Rating 4.8 out of 5

These delectable tomatoes also ripen early for so large a fruit. The determinate plants set very heavy crops, even in hot weather.
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Featured Review 5 of 5
Happy 4th of July
July 04, 2006
By Green Giant from Normal, Illinois
Plant performance 5 of 5
"These plants are about ready to produce the best yield of my tomato planting life. These sweet tangerine plants have been a pleasure to grow, and observe, this year. A must for everyone!!"

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Featured Review: Corn, Sun & Stars Bicolor Hybrid 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Corn, Sun & Stars Bicolor Hybrid

Average Customer Rating 5 out of 5

Garden-fresh sweet corn is summer's greatest pleasure. Plant corn in blocks at least 4 rows wide for cross-pollination and well-filled ears. A packet contains 200-250 seeds unless noted, enough for four 15 ft rows. One lb. will plant four 100 ft rows. Seeds are not treated. Supersweet Hybrid Sh2 corns can be twice as sweet as others and stay sweet for days if chilled promptly. For best taste, isolate from non-Sh kinds to stop cross-pollination. 80 days. Extraordinary size and unusually strong color...more
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Featured Review 5 of 5
Awesome Variety!!
June 15, 2006
By Corn Fanatic from Phoenix, Arizona
Plant performance 5 of 5
Taste 5 of 5
Yield 4 of 5
"Earlier today, I picked my first ears of this beautiful variety of corn. Even though I purchased this seed a couple of summers ago, I didn't get around to planting it until this spring. What sruck me the most about this variety is the size of the ears. They are absolutely huge!! I don't think that I have ever grown ears of corn as large as these! Most of what I picked were at least eight and a half to nine inches long with at least eighteen to twenty rows of kernals. The ears also have a good..." more

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Featured Review: Suncalc (Sunlight Calculator) 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Suncalc (Sunlight Calculator)

Average Customer Rating 5 out of 5

This precision device accurately measures the amount of accumulated light that falls on any specific location on your property, giving you the ability to match a plant's light requirements with the actual light conditions measured by SunCalc. Put your plants where they want to be! Locating plants under the wrong light conditions is one of the most common reasons for plant failure. SunCalc is incredibly easy to use- full instructions are included. SunCalc can be used over and over, year after ye...more
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Featured Review 5 of 5
SunCalc is a Terrific Gardening Tool !
May 20, 2006
By Michigan Gardener from Kalamazoo, MI
"As soon as I received the SunCalc, I tried it right away in several locations in my yard and I was WOWed. It was so accurate and helpful in my decisions on where to plant my new plants this season. Previously I only guessed at the amount of sun in different locations of my yard and have been disapointed with poor plant performance because I work 6 days a week and don't get to see what parts of the yard get what amount of sun during the day as the sun moves around the trees' shade. I am very pleased..." more

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Featured Review: Sea Magic Organic Growth Activator 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Sea Magic Organic Growth Activator

Average Customer Rating 4.9 out of 5

Just spray your plants with SEA MAGIC on your plants and watch them grow?and grow. SEA MAGIC?s all-natural formula promotes robust growth, bountiful blooms and better-tasting crops. Made from seaweed harvested in the North Atlantic, SEA MAGIC?s micro-nutrients, amino acids, growth-promoting and disease-fighting powers help deliver magical yields: 24% more tomatoes, 47% more peppers, 34% more cucumbers and 25% more grapes. SEA MAGIC is super-concentrated?a single packet makes up to 60 gallons?enough...more
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Featured Review 5 of 5
It's true!
May 04, 2006
By New Gardener from IL
"The description on the package sounds too good to be true, but it's not. It's too early in the season to say whether I'll get the promised 24% tomatoes, but I can say that after just the first application with a spray bottle the following happened (and the Sea Magic is the only change I made): -- My spider plant completely perked up--as if it had stuck it's finger in a light socket. I've never seen it stand so straight -- My squash seedling, which had had an "incident" requiring me to prop up the..." more

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Featured Review: Zinnia, Burpee's Big Tetra Mix 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Zinnia, Burpee's Big Tetra Mix

Average Customer Rating 4 out of 5

Zinnias add bold, vibrant color to gardens. The more you cut, the more they bloom! Heat-loving and very easy to grow. Space plants of small kinds 8-10" apart, taller kinds up to 18" apart. Burpee's Big Tetra Mix. Dahlia-flowered blooms, 6" across: pink, yellow, orange, scarlet, white, and more. Attracts Butterflies.
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Featured Review 5 of 5
Protect the children!
February 24, 2006
By Doug from Rochester NY
Plant performance 5 of 5
Appearance 5 of 5
"Fantastic zinnia plant, but the description's a bit off. 2.5 feet tall? No way. Mine were almost 6 feet high, growing in 75% sun, 25% shade. Prepare to stake them with something much more rugged than the silly twigs they sell in stores as "plant stakes". A 4x4 inch post is more like it. Or, grow against a fence."

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Featured Review: Petunia, Islands Mix 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Petunia, Islands Mix

Average Customer Rating 5 out of 5

Semi-double to fully double 2 ½" multiflora blooms. A unique and special blend of burgundy, rose and white, plum, silver and peppermint.
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Featured Review 5 of 5
Fragrant, Beautiful Petunias
February 22, 2006
By Petunia Lover from Fort Meade, FL
Plant performance 5 of 5
Appearance 5 of 5
"I'm in Central Florida and grew these from seeds, last year 2005. I planted them in a 30" tall grecian planter. I believe every seed germinated and I learned that I should have thinned them out like the instructions stated, but they were beautiful and very fragrant. In the Florida hot sun during the summer, they required heavy watering every other day. I'm planting them again this year, and following the instructions. They look great and lasted until late into the fall. I used a liquid fertilizer..." more

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Featured Review: Zinnia, State Fair Mix 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Zinnia, State Fair Mix

Average Customer Rating 5 out of 5

This one is a sure winner. State Fair Mix has jumbo 5" flowers, a wide range of colors and tall, robust plants. Colors include red, yellow, orange, purple, pink, white and bicolors. Disease resistant with terrific sun and heat tolerance.
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Featured Review 5 of 5
Zinnia-State Fair
February 18, 2006
By Zinnia lady from Mayfield, Ky
Plant performance 5 of 5
Appearance 5 of 5
"I have been growing these zinnias for about 12 years and would not consider planting any other kind. I constantly am having people stop and admire them. "

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Featured Review: Lisianthus, Balboa Blue Rim 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Lisianthus, Balboa Blue Rim

Average Customer Rating 4.8 out of 5

You have to grow this heat-loving annual to really appreciate the beautiful, rose-like flowers. Lisianthus are native to the American Southwest and this improved variety from Central America is taking gardens by storm. 3 - 3 ½" white petals are rimmed in rich purple. Narrow, upright plants grow 18-22" tall and look best-planted 7-10" apart. Can be grown in containers, in the middle of beds or in the cutting garden. Good vase life and unique silvery green foliage makes this durable annual a...more
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Featured Review 5 of 5
Lisianthus Balboa Blue Rim
February 06, 2006
By Soup from Philly
Plant performance 5 of 5
Appearance 5 of 5
"Always a showstopper, Balboa Blue Rim is striking and easy to grow. Nothing seems to bother it. In the four years I have had it in my border it has had no diseases or insect problems. I share my garden with deer,rabbits,and groundhogs. So far none of them seem interested in lisianthus. This year I will try it in containers,too."

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Featured Review: Squash, Summer, Eight Ball Zucchini 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Squash, Summer, Eight Ball Zucchini

Average Customer Rating 4.8 out of 5

Ten years ago we introduced 'Roly Poly', the first round zucchini, to gardeners' great delight. Now rolling this way is 'Eight Ball', a round little charmer that is bold, glossy and with a deep forest-green skin. Loaded with delicious nutty, buttery flavor, 'Eight Ball' makes a fantastic stuffer. Vines are very productive. Size: 3-4" x 3".
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Featured Review 5 of 5
Eight Ball Zucchini
February 05, 2006
By Farmer Beth from Riverview, FL
Plant performance 5 of 5
Taste 5 of 5
Yield 5 of 5
"Last year I planted our first large vegetable garden (1900 square feet) after many years of small urban vegetable gardens. I planted the Eight Ball Zucchini and boy, was I ever surprised. It was probably our most prolific crop. We have fine, well drained soil which we enhanced a bit. The summers in Florida are very hot and we tried to water for 20 minutes every other day. We had so many of these that we gave them away to our friends and coworkers, who were most impressed. Yes,they are on our..." more

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Featured Review: Pepper, Hot Salsa Delight Hybrid 14 Aug 2011 at 9:08pm



Pepper, Hot Salsa Delight Hybrid

Average Customer Rating 4.5 out of 5

Narrow cayenne type (7" x ½"), it has just enough heat to tantalize. Excellent disease resistance. Burpee exclusive. Ready to harvest in 70 days from transplanting out in the garden. Start indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost. Space plants 18-24" apart.
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Featured Review 5 of 5
My favorite Pepper
January 31, 2006
By Robenator from South Central Indiana
Plant performance 4 of 5
Taste 5 of 5
Yield 5 of 5
"I put out 48 pepper plants last year, 16 of them were these. I didn't start the seedlings till May 15th, put them in the garden about mid July. A few of them struggled after transplanting but they all survived and produced very well. Besides being great in salsa my Wife has used them in Stroganof, Chilli, 15 Bean Soup, Stir Fry, etc. These peppers can transform a good dish into one you can't stop eating. "

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