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Save money by swapping your ornamental garden plants for food producers

With the price of fresh and frozen vegetables in the shops rising not only year by year but almost week by week, no wonder so many gardeners are stripping out ornamental plants or taking large areas of the lawn up in order to grow their own vegetables. Food prices really rocketed in 1976 because of…

BEST TREES FOR SMALL GARDENS
Trees And Shrubs

BEST TREES FOR SMALL GARDENS

Acer (maple). Trees in this genus range from forest specimens to mere shrubs. The main appeal of the smaller trees is their vivid autumn colouring, attractive bark and winged fruits. Mostly they need moist, well-drained, lime-free soil, plus protection from direct sunlight and cold, drying winds. There are many attractive forms of A.japonicum and A….

Growing Apples Successfully
Apples

Growing Apples Successfully

Type of tree: Bush, standard, half-standard, cordon and espalier. Pollination: At least two apple trees are necessary to produce fruit. Climate preferred: Temperate. Aspect: Any. Early cooking apples can be grown against north-facing walls. Ideal Soil: Well-drained ordinary soil which does not dry out excessively in summer. Yield: 10 cordons will produce 20kg (441b) of…