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    Getting into the garden in April

    Spring is up and running and so is the Royal Horticultural Society's National Gardening Week (14-21 April) that aims to get people gardening and into horticultu...

  • Top DIY and Home Improvement Tips

    Save those fake pre-approved credit cards you get in the mail as glue spreaders or shims.When driving screws into dense hardwoods, lubricate them with wax or...

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    Mum's the Word

    A love of gardening is often passed down from one generation to another - if your Mum is a gardener the chances are you have picked up a few green fingered tips...

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    Love Your Garden

    February is the month of love - so make Valentine's Day special for your garden as well as your loved one. Start with some general TLC - tender loving care -...

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    The Start of the Gardening Year

    January takes its name from Roman mythology. Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions and is usually depicted as having two faces since he looks to the...

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    The Gift from the Garden

    Your garden gives up some beautiful gifts of its own at this time of year - allowing you to bring the outside into the home with foliage and 'green' decorations...

  • Old quarry is set to be reopened

    AN OLD quarry on the Chatsworth Estate, near Beeley, has gained permission from the Peak District National Park Authority to be re-opened, once a legal...

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    Unique home is near schools

    The Old Post Office, Leek Road, Stockton Brook Price: £289,000A UNIQUE detached family home ideally located within the catchment for the highly sought...

  • First Glossy Ibis seen

    A STAFFORDSHIRE bird watcher has recorded the first ever Glossy Ibis landing at Severn Trent Water's Tittesworth Water.The migrating bird remains at the...

  • Plans for campsite refused by authority

    PROPOSALS to change the use of land from agriculture to a camping and caravan site at Grindon have been turned down.Members of the Peak District National Park...

  • Farming news

    Leek Market Tuesday, November 19 DESPITE those who know better telling us that demand for cow meat on the continent is "flat" there was an...

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    Garden Column: Time for tree planting

    November is all about compost and getting everything ready for winter. Clearing leaves and cutting back dead growth is top of the agenda – which is great...

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    Gardeners celebrate at annual show

    GARDENERS were able to show off their greenfingered talents at the weekend with an annual show. The Flower and Vegetable Show, organised by the Leek Allotment...