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10 Plants for a Shaded Garden Corner

Got an awkward shaded corner in your garden or yard where not much grows? I know I do. Trying to put sun-loving plants in a shaded or partially shaded spot will generally result in a headache, and a waste of money and time.

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The Benefits of Garden Hedges

It’s well known that plants and trees, including hedges, reduce co2 in the atmosphere. However, it’s less known that they reduce noise pollution and even lesser-known how plants are mitigating against flooding, which is an increasing issue in the UK.

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How to Reduce Flooding with Your Garden

Most Wiganers will have seen a flood or 2… at least! I know where I am by Saddle Junction in Wigan Town centre, it floods quite severely at least once or twice a year, cutting off roads and damaging houses.
So how can we help to tackle flooding at home?

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Reasons to Grow an Apple Tree (or 2)

Ever thought of having your own apple tree? Here are some reasons why it’s a great idea, and easier than you might think!

You might be thinking that sounds great growing a tree…. but you don’t have the space for apple trees! Well, fear not

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Wildlife Gardening on a Budget

For some, gardening can seem quite expensive and risky (what if it dies?!) But there are few easy ways to encourage wildlife in your garden, of all sizes, without having to spend too much money.

Here are some of our best tips for wildlife gardening on a budget, with ideas that are cheap, free or may even make a few pennies!

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The Danger of Pesticides

Pesticides are created in labs solely to kill off the undesirables, such as; slugs, snails, fungi, ants, some plant diseases, and aphids to protect crops and gardens.

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What is Wildlife Gardening?

You’ll have seen this term on our website or maybe heard us talking about it in person, but what exactly is wildlife gardening? And what does it entail?

Simply, It means catering your garden to wildlife.

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All About Bees

I knew it was Spring a little before the calendar did. It was the moment the wind blew a fat-bottomed bumble bee towards me. It made me chuckle and feel fuzzy inside, that the Winter is over and warm light is coming.

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Going Peat-Free with your Compost – Why It Matters

Peat is commonly found in standard garden compost that you buy, and you may not have considered it at all before, but it’s very damaging to the environment.

It comes from ancient Peatlands. They built up over thousands of years and used to cover large areas of the UK.

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Reducing Single-Use Plastic

Waste and litter is a big problem in the borough and nationally, but you can reduce the amount of plastic you use, particularly single-use. The more consumers make these kinds of choices, the more brands and supermarkets respond by removing plastic.