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Why a spade, shovel and trowel essential garden tools?

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The spade is often referred to as the ‘workhouse’ of gardening tools. History has dated the spade as far back as Biblical times. Representation of this essential gardening tool can be seen on one of the oldest stained glass windows (C1176) in Canterbury Cathedral, which shows Adam digging into the ground with a pointed-tipped spade. […]

April Newsletter

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Mulch versus compost and their value to a flourishing garden

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Compost and mulch are valuable to flower beds, vegetable patches and pot plants. The benefits of organic compost and mulch far outweigh the use of synthetic fertilisers. Compost Compost is decomposed organic matter (ideally it should have a 50% moisture content) under controlled conditions and worked into the soil to feed the roots. Compost is […]

How to make nutrient-rich compost

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Composting is an inexpensive process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into free nutrient-rich food for your garden. It is easy to maintain and helps reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Organic waste that is sent to landfill will release methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere when it starts to […]

How to remove weeds effectively without the use of chemicals

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Weeding is job least enjoyed by many but one you have to keep working at to achieve a weed-free garden. A weed, by definition is a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation or ‘a plant in the wrong place’. Gardeners are faced with three options when dealing with weeds namely physical removal, application of […]

Why the Grumpy Gardener is keen to care for our garden birds

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According to statement released by the National History Museum this week, we are losing green spaces, animals and plants to deforestation, exploitation, urbanisation and global warming. The report went on to say that we can all make a difference one of which is to care for the wildlife that visit our gardens. Putting up a […]

Why this bird feeder allows you to meet the needs of wild birds?

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Bird feeding station with 5 different types of feeders for food and water

As more and more of the British countryside becomes eroded away by housing and industry developments, our wild bird natural food sources are becoming depleted. The result is a greater reliance on humans for the provision of food particularly during the winter months. The Grumpy Gardener bird feeding station allows you to encourage a variety […]