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LEARNING THE BASICS

CHOOSING A GOOD SPOT

Your flower patch will be beautiful to look at but you should think of it as a place to harvest a crop. To maximise your haul, you’ll need to consider these points when choosing where to plant…

* A sunny situation is a must, with a minimum of six hours direct light a day.

* Check it’s not overshadowed – watch how shadows fall on the area during the day.

* Avoid being too close to hedges and trees as their roots will compete for water.

* A bit of shelter is good if possible. Nearby shrubs will offer protection from breezes.

* Choose somewhere you can reach with a hose, unless you value an arm work-out with watering cans.

∗ TOOLS ∗

There’s no need for a big investment here. We’d encourage you to borrow bigger items as you’ll only need them for a short time. If you are buying, look for spades and forks made from carbon or stainless steel. It’s also better to buy big tools in person rather than online – you need to see if they feel right for you and, importantly, aren’t

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