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  • seeds growing in old packaging
    27/04/2020 - Tracy 0 Comments
    Start Growing Food! (even if you don't have seeds, pots or compost)

    How to start growing your own food! (even if you don't have seeds, pots or compost)
    Written for North Leeds Life by Tracy Foster

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  • tulips and spring flowers
    17/04/2020 - Tracy 0 Comments
    Gardening in April

    Gardening tips from North Leeds Life, by Tracy Foster


    Sow:
    Courgettes, cucumbers, gourds and squash can be sown indoors now. This year I’m growing Loofah gourds – plants with long green courgette like fruits that are edible when young, and when left on the plant to ripen, turn hard and dry. These dry fruits can be skinned to reveal the fibrous Loofahs inside which are ideal for plastic free scrubbing in the bathroom or kitchen.

    You can also sow broad beans, beetroot, carrots, peas, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, chard and radishes directly outside into a prepared bed or container,
    and if you have seed potatoes, these can be planted out too.

    If flowers are more your sort of thing, ‘hardy annuals’ like Love in a Mist, Larkspur, Sunflower, Orlaya, and Cornflower seeds can be
    planted outside directly where you want to see them grow. Others labelled ‘half hardy annuals’ should be sown indoors and grown on in containers ready for
    planting out in late May when there is no risk of frost. These include Zinnias, Snap Dragons, Cosmos and Nicotiana. Imagine gathering bunches of cut flowers to bring into the house in a few months time!

    Collect:
    Branching sticks with plenty of twigs attached make perfect climbing frames for peas and good supports for many garden plants. Next time you are out for a
    walk, keep a look out for fallen sticks, ones from trees like Hazel and Silver Birch would be perfect. Prunings from plants like Dogwood, Forsythia and Willow
    from your own garden can also make good supports.

    Regular Jobs:

    Some tasks to continue doing throughout the summer include weeding, watering in dry spells, tying in the new growth of climbing plants and staking tall perennials.
    It’s also wise to keep an eye out for any evidence of pests and diseases so that you can take action before they do any serious damage to your plants.

    Enjoy:

    Things to harvest this month include Rhubarb, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Leeks from the vegetable garden, and Tulips from the cut flower patch.

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  • planting plans
    18/03/2020 - Tracy 0 Comments
    Planting Plans On-Line

    WE ARE NOW OFFERING PLANTING PLANS ON-LINE

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  • pergola in a garden
    14/02/2020 - Tracy 0 Comments
    BEST OF HOUZZ
    Tracy Foster in Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK on Houzz

    Delighted to announce that we won Best of Houzz Service 2020!

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  • seven design ideas gardens
    05/02/2020 - Tracy 0 Comments
    A reminder of the Blackwatch Lecture

    For all the Blackwatch passengers who asked about the principles of garden design that were featured in my lecture 


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  • show garden flowers
    27/11/2019 - Tracy 0 Comments
    Another Show!

    We're thrilled to announce that we have been selected to create another show garden in 2020 - more details to follow soon!

    The work for the show along with our existing customers and projects, horticultural touring commitments mean that we are unable to take on any new commissions at the moment - please check again in the summer.

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  • van with plants
    06/08/2019 - Sam 0 Comments
    New Look For Our Van!

    Our van is now sporting eye catching new graphics - keep a look out for us! This month you might spot us working in Leeds, Dewsbury and Abingdon (Oxfordshire)

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  • white garden with blue chairs
    15/07/2019 - Sam 0 Comments
    English Gardens

    Tracy visited over 25 gardens in June this year taking guests from as far afield as Australia and New Zealand around some of our lovely English gardens - this is the dreamy mellow sunken garden at Kiftsgate Court. There is no better way to pick up inspiration and learn new tips and techniques than to visit gardens and talk to the people who care for them. 
    Please get in touch if you would like to book a private tour of UK gardens or you need and experienced botanical guide for your group

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  • 09/05/2019 - Tracy 0 Comments
    Workshop at Stillingfleet Lodge and List of Talks

    A few photographs taken on a fresh (if rainy) day at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens from 8th May when I was there to run a workshop. It is such a lovely garden that it was well worth braving the rain and getting outside the classroom to explore.


    DATES for TALKS


    21 May 7.30pm - Stocksfield Plants and Gardens Society, Northumberland - A Garden For Life

    12 September 7.30pm - Willow Garden Club, Meltham - Make Your Garden Unique


    6 December 1pm - Paxton Horticultural Society, Leeds - What Have Plants Done for Us?

    If you would like details about the venue and tickets, please contact the group hosting the event

    Get in touch to book a talk for your group!
    Talk subjects include: 'The Secret Lives of Hedgehogs', 'Taking the Ocean to the Chelsea Flower Show', 'What Have Plants Done for Us?', 'Design Tips for Your Garden', 'Create a Beautiful Border', 'Gardening In Retirement', 'Make Your Garden Unique' and many more including talks themed to certain parts of the world such as the Canary Islands, Morocco or the Indian Ocean

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  • pergola
    25/04/2019 - Tracy 0 Comments
    Design Ideas for Your Garden - Workshop

    Wondering how to make your garden work better? Come to my workshop on 8th May where I'll be sharing my design tips

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