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Watch out for drought

Watch out for drought as it can be a real killer at this time of year. After coming out the other side of a long, wet winter, it's easy to sit back on your laurels when dry weather comes but in fact, especially now with lots of young seedlings with shallow root systems in the ground, you can't drop your guard.

It doesn't take much early summer sunshine to dry unprotected soil and shrivel anything within the top few centimetres to a crisp. And you don't have to ha...

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Sow French beans outside

Sow French beans outside direct into the soil now it's starting to warm up - they'll get away to a great start and you can look forward to one of the treats of the summer in a couple of months' time.

You'll find a great selection of French bean seeds at our garden centre here in %locations%. Climbing French beans are the most productive, though they do need a wigwam of sturdy canes to support them. Good varieties include 'Cobra', the flat-podded 'Algarve', or for...

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What to do in the garden in May:

In the midst of an exuberance of flowers, trees bowed down under the weight of blossom and perennials shooting up so fast you can almost watch them grow, it's a good time to be outside, come in to our centre in %locations% and we will be happy to help. Here's what you can be getting on with:

General tasks:
Hoe regularly to keep down weeds while they're still small, using a short-handled onion hoe to weed near plants.

Include shelter plants like...

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May's plant of the month is the pelargonium

May's plant of the month is the pelargonium, the nation's favourite bedding plant. These sturdy, brilliantly-coloured stalwarts of hanging baskets everywhere soldier on right through summer: they're very drought tolerant and need only dead-heading regularly to keep the display coming till the first frosts.

You'll find all the ingredients for a really striking display at our garden centre here in %locations%. Richly-coloured burgundy geraniums like 'Lord Bute' or ...

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Give your herbs a haircut

Give your herbs a haircut to keep them producing lots of fragrant fresh pickings for the kitchen and to keep them nice and neat.

You'll find many varieties of evergreen herbs like bay, lavender and rosemary on sale now in our garden centre here in %locations% and they make fantastic value for the herb garden, lasting year after year. One really stylish way to use them is to clip them into low hedges and topiary: in time these will give your herb garden structure. They look fabulo...

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Get supports in place

Get supports in place for climbing beans and peas before they get too big, and for taller perennials like delphiniums and shasta daisies while they're still clumps of greenery. You'll find lots of different plant options in our garden centre in %locations%. Wigwams of hazel or willow are great for peas, including sweetpeas, but for big, hefty runner bean plants you'll need something more substantial, like a traditional bean frame.

Sink poles of sturdy bamboo, in lengths of 1.8m o...

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Get down to the garden centre this Easter weekend

Get down to the garden centre in %locations% this Easter weekend and you're in for a real treat. This is the busiest gardening weekend of the whole year: four whole days free to enjoy your garden. It's no wonder everyone's suddenly bursting with spring fever, ready to go out into the garden and start making the most of spring.

We've got plenty of events planned for all the family, from planting demonstrations to hands-on practical sessions so you can have a go yo...

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Repair damaged lawns

Repair damaged lawns now while they're just bursting into growth and they'll recover so quickly you'll never even know there was a problem.

To repair crumbled lawn edges, cut a square of turf to include the damaged part and turn it around by 180 degrees so that the hole is in the body of the lawn. Then top it up with soil and sow with grass seed - we've got patching packs for all types of lawn, from hard-wearing mixes that can cope with kids and dogs, to fine blends for a bowling...

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It's National Gardening Week

It's National Gardening Week - a time to be out and about celebrating everything to do with gardens and gardening. You'll find inspirational events going on all over the country, with thousands of garden centres, charities and community groups getting stuck in to some green-fingered fun.

The event's organisers, the Royal Horticultural Society, are leading the way with a full programme of family activities, workshops, walks and talks at all four of their gardens. At Hyde Hall in E...

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Send cyclamen off for a summer rest

Send cyclamen off for a summer rest so they can build up their strength for another stunning display to brighten up the house next winter.

Cyclamen are invaluable winter houseplants, giving you a vivid splash of colour soon after Christmas and cheering you up right through the drabness of January and February. They come in every shade from a deep plummy red to baby pink and white - it's a good idea to come to the garden centre in late winter when they're flowerin...

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Plant early flowering clematis

Plant early flowering clematis for a truly delicious spring display, clothing walls and fences in a cascade of blossom through April and May.

The early-flowering clematis, like C. alpina, start producing fresh green leaves in late winter, followed by beautiful nodding flowers. You'll find several different varieties in our garden centre, from popular 'Frances Rivis' with twisted, floppy blue flowers, to dusky pink 'Jacqueline du Pre' and pure white 'Albiflora'. C. cartmanii is evergree...

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Get your cloches ready

Get your cloches ready to provide a little extra protection this month, as the weather can still be unpredictable and with vulnerable veg seedlings just planted out it can really catch you on the hop.

Choose from a simple to use polythene cloche you can just concertina out over your plants whenever you need it, or one of our more sophisticated range of longrow and barn cloches in durable clear plastic. They can be a godsend in a sharp frost, keeping out biting winds and raising tempera...

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