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GARDENING NEWS UK

All the latest gardening news in the UK. From ground breaking new varieties, techniques and discoveries through to the plain absurd!

22th April 2016

DOBBIES GARDEN CENTRES UP FOR SALE


It has been widely reported that the owners of Dobbies Garden Centres, Tesco, have put the entire chain up for sale. One of the key bidders is expected to be Terra Firma who own Wyevale Garden Centres

Dobbies Garden Centre Milton Keynes
Picture courtesy of JustGardenCentres

Other bidders are also believed to be interested in the sale. Dobbies was bought by Tesco in 2007 for £156 million and it has been estimated to be worth just under £200 million.

26th Aug 2015

BOX TREE CATERPILLAR


If you have any box tree plants (buxus) in your garden then a new threat is not far off the horizon. It is the Box Tree Caterpillar (Cydalima perspectalis) and in 2015 it has begun to rapidly spread throughout the South East of England.

Box tree moth and caterpillar
Picture courtesy of Hellenic Plant Protection Journal

Click here for full article and alternatives to Box Tree plants.

23rd Aug 2015

BLIGHT RESISTANT TOMATO TRIALS


The first growing trial report on the tomato variety Crimson Crush has been released by GardenFocused.co.uk. Billed by Suttons as 100% blight proof, the article follows the progress of Crimson Crush through the 2015 growing year.

Close up of the Crimson Crush tomato
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Crimson Crush tomato close up.

What does it look like, taste like, disease resistance and overall health? All answered and the first amateur pictures ...... Click here for full article.

11th Mar 2015

ADVANCE OF THE SPANISH SLUG


The Spanish slug will eat almost anything as far as vegetation and plants are concerned. Forget all previous assumptions you may have about what slugs will eat, the Spanish Slug will eat crops and plants which other slugs totally ignore. Parsley, fuchsias, geraniums, onions - the list can go on and on, the Spanish slug loves all plants ...... Click here for full article.

2nd Mar 2015

TOP TEN GARDEN PESTS


The RHS have released their list of top ten most troublesome pests last year. Expect much of the same for 2015 ...... Click here for full article.

7th Jan 2015

NEW EASY BUILD POLYTUNNEL


Northern Polytunnels have released a new range of easy to build polytunnels which still retain their renowned strength and durability ...... Click here for full article.

27th Dec 2014

BEWARE WHEN BUYING SEEDS ONLINE

An article has been published on the Which? website claiming that twenty E-bay and six Amazon sellers had been reported in October (to which agency the article does not explicitly state) regarding suspect seeds being sold in the UK. The article appears to be rather .......

Multi-coloured strawberries
Multi-coloured strawberries

Click here to read our full article about multi-coloured strawberries!

20th December 2014

FIRST BLIGHT RESISTANT TOMATO


Suttons will be releasing the first blight resistant tomato for sale in the UK during spring 2015. It's called Crimson Crush and currently it is the ONLY tomato variety ...... Click here for full article.