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How to Grow Cucumbers

How to Grow Cucumbers

Cucumbers have been cultivated for about 3000 years, with many different varieties being developed from four closely related species to suit different tastes and uses. The fruit ranges from the tiny pickling cornichon of France and the common green cucumber to the related African horned cucumber, or kiwano, and the sweet Armenian cucumber.

How to Grow Currants

How to Grow Currants

Blackcurrants are hardy shrubs, easy to grow and long-lived in cool climate districts. The dark, acid berries are richer in vitamin C than almost any other garden fruit. Redcurrants and white currants are close relatives, although they have a different growth habit. They, too, are long-lived in the garden and highly productive.

How to Build a Brick Letterbox

How to Build a Brick Letterbox

How to build a permanent front yard concrete and brick letterbox around the water meter

How to Install a Towel Rail

How to Install a Towel Rail

Towel rails should be positioned for easy access from the shower, bathtub or vanity, but not where they can get wet from splashing. The ideal height is 1200 to 1700mm, depending on the ceiling and any obstructions.

How to Install Deck Steps

How to Install Deck Steps

Install deck steps to solve a height difference

How to Grow Spices

How to Grow Spices

While spices may seem an overly ambitious addition to the garden, those spices related to ginger, such as cardamom, galangal and turmeric, can be grown in many warmer districts. Other spices can be grown easily in regions with tropical climates. The plants can add great beauty to the garden, while the intensely fresh fragrance and flavour will be a revelation to the cook.

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6 best screening hedge plant

Plant any of these varieties for a hedge that will block out the neighbours and provide privacy

How to Grow Apricots

How to Grow Apricots

Apricots were cultivated in China from about 2000 BCE and have since spread around the world. Today, the famous apricot belt stretches from Turkey to Turkestan via Iran, but any place with a Mediterranean climate of dry hot summers and cool winters will suit the apricot admirably.

How to Grow Sunflowers

How to Grow Sunflowers

Here are some tips for planting and growing sunflowers.

How to Grow Tomatoes

How to Grow Tomatoes

Growing tomatoes isn't rocket science, so why not give it a go? Get plenty of useful tips on how to grow tomato plants

How to Plant Vegetables in Pots

How to Plant Vegetables in Pots

Grow edible plants anywhere with enough sunlight

Building Steps Into a Slope

Building Steps Into a Slope

Roughly shape the slope before you start building the steps. If it is steep, remove some of the soil. On an irregular slope, build up where necessary with additional soil

Build a Retaining Wall using Concrete Blocks

Build a Retaining Wall using Concrete Blocks

Masonry retaining walls are built with a reinforced concrete base as an anchor and a wall of hollow concrete blocks reinforced with 12mm steel bars.

How to Grow Brussel Sprouts

How to Grow Brussel Sprouts

This hardy vegetable is rich in vitamin C and will provide a crop during autumn and winter if early and late varieties are planted.

Build Timber Covers for Wheelie Bins

Build Timber Covers for Wheelie Bins

Keep wheelie bins accessible but tucked away with a timber cover.

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