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How to Plant a Bare Root Rose
A step by step guide with Rose expert Michael Marriott as to how to plant a bare rooted rose plant during the dormant season which will ensure that it gets off to the best possible start.

Planting a bare root rose. Step 1. This is an example of a good plant with a well developed root system, lots of fibrous roots and several strong shoots. Planting a bare root rose. Step 2 . Soak the roots in a bucket of water for a few minutes before planting. Planting a bare root rose. Step 3. Use a spade to dig a hole that is big enough to hold the rose's roots when they are fully spread out. Planting a bare root rose. Step 4. Use a fork to loosen the soil in the bottom of the planting 
hole. Planting a bare root rose. Step 5 . Add organic matter such as well rotted garden compost or manure to the 
hole. Planting a bare root rose. Step 5. Add organic matter such as well rotted garden compost or manure to the planting hole. Planting a bare root rose. Step 6. Mix previously added organic matter with the loose soil in the planting hole. Planting a bare root rose. Step 7. Gently firm the soil in the base of the hole. Planting a bare root rose. Step 8. Add more organic material to the soil that will be put back in the hole. Planting a bare root rose. Step 9. Mix organic matter with the remaining soil. Planting a bare root rose. Step 10. Position rose in the hole and use a stick to ensure that the graft union - the point where the stems meet the roots - is about 5cm - 2 ins- below the surrounding soil lovel. Planting a bare root rose. Step 10. Position rose in the hole and use a stick to ensure that the graft union - the point where the stems meet the roots - is about 5cm - 2 ins- below the surrounding soil lovel. Planting a bare root rose. Step 11. Whilst holding the rose in position make sure that the roots are well spread out and then start to fill soil in around them.





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Hanging Winter Nest with Aconites
Using a wire frame to create a birch twig nest containing moss and Winter aconites.

Hanging Winter aconite nest Hanging Winter aconite nest Hanging Winter aconite nest Birch sticks, Winter aconites, wire, raffia, scissors, pliers and string laid out on a wooden surface Birch sticks, Winter aconites, wire, raffia, scissors, pliers and string laid out on a wooden surface Birch sticks, Winter aconites, wire, raffia, scissors, pliers and string laid out on a wooden surface Woman bending the wire at six inch intervals Woman bending the wire at six inch intervals Woman bending the wire at six inch intervals Woman bending the wire at six inch intervals Woman bending the wire round in a circle Woman bending the wire round in a circle Wire frame for the nest lying on a wooden surface





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Step-by-Step Planting Riddles and Flour Sieves
This feature takes the humble flour sieve 'new or vintage' and gives it a makeover with a coat of paint, to create attractive containers for small, shallow-rooted spring plants.

Painted modern and vintage wooden flour sieves planted with spring flowers. Mixed annual violas; Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete', 'Hawera' and 'Avalanche'; white or pink Cyclamen coum. Step-by-Step Planting Wooden Flour Sieves with Spring Flowers. Step 1: using an outdoor paint, apply several coats to the bentwood flour sieve. Step-by-Step Planting Wooden Flour Sieves with Spring Flowers. Step 1: using an outdoor paint, apply several coats to the bentwood flour sieve. Step-by-Step Planting Wooden Flour Sieves with Spring Flowers. Step 1: using an outdoor paint, apply several coats to the bentwood flour sieve. Step-by-Step Planting Wooden Flour Sieves with Spring Flowers. Step 2: create a sturdy base over the mesh with a cut-down, plastic plant saucer. Step-by-Step Planting Wooden Flour Sieves with Spring Flowers. Step 3: line the sieve with black plastic, puncture in several places for drainage, and cover in gravel. Step-by-Step Planting Wooden Flour Sieves with Spring Flowers. Step 4: fill three-quarters with compost formulated for container planting. Step-by-Step Planting Wooden Flour Sieves with Spring Flowers. Step 5: try the plants for size, finding the best balance of colours and heights. Step-by-Step Planting Wooden Flour Sieves with Spring Flowers. Step 6: place a viola plant on the outer edge of the sieve, guiding the flowers to spill over the edge, and pack round with compost. Step-by-Step Planting Wooden Flour Sieves with Spring Flowers. Step 7: having positioned a variegated ivy, inch the purple windflowers into position. Step-by-Step Planting Wooden Flour Sieves with Spring Flowers. Step 8: having placed pink Cyclamen coum to the left of the violas, plant a pink chionodoxa. Step-by-Step Planting Wooden Flour Sieves with Spring Flowers. Step 9: finally, at the back of the sieve, plant the tallest plants, the early daffodil 'Tete-A-Tete, and 'Avalanche', which flowers later. Step-by-Step Planting Wooden Flour Sieves with Spring Flowers. Step 10: on a smaller sieve, create a sturdy base over the mesh with a cut-down, plastic plant saucer.





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Creating a Succulent Picture
A dull stretch of wall, or bland narrow alleyway, can be transformed by hanging a box picture frame planted with succulents, a living picture that evolves and changes with the seasons.

A framed succulent picture planted with sempervivum and sedum hangs above a workbench with hanging metal buckets of succulents and begonias. Step-by-Step Making a Succulent Picture. Step 1: assemble materials, tools and plants Step-by-Step Making a Succulent Picture. Step 2: if the frame is insufficiently thick to screw into, glue a subframe, creating at least 25mm depth Step-by-Step Making a Succulent Picture. Step 3: drill pilot holes, using a drill guide Step-by-Step Making a Succulent Picture. Step 4: on the short sides, mark the position for side brackets to support inner dividers Step-by-Step Making a Succulent Picture. Step 4: on the short sides, mark a central position for side brackets to support inner dividers Step-by-Step Making a Succulent Picture. Step 4: on the short sides, use a braddle to make pilot holes for side brackets to support inner dividers Step-by-Step Making a Succulent Picture. Step 5: mark position for corner brackets on long sides of box frame Step-by-Step Making a Succulent Picture. Step 6: screw corner brackets onto long sides of box frame Step-by-Step Making a Succulent Picture. Step 7: fully assemble box fram by screwing corner brackets onto short sides Step-by-Step Making a Succulent Picture. Step 8: check that box frame aligns with back of picture frame Step-by-Step Making a Succulent Picture. Step 9: tack plastic netting on front of box frame Step-by-Step Making a Succulent Picture. Step 10: cut off excess plastic netting





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Step-by-Step Building a Workbench
A step-by-step weekend project to design and build a workbench from wood which was pre-cut at the timber merchant to the correct sizes.

A homemade wooden work bench is ideal for potting up and displaying succulents in hanging metal buckets. Step-by-Step Making a Potting Bench. Step 1: ensure timber is cut to correct lengths for top and bottom shelves, sides, supports and legs. Step-by-Step Making a Potting Bench. Step 1: lengths of timber cut to correct lengths prior to assembly for a woodworking project Step-by-Step Making a Potting Bench. Step 2: using a thin drill bit, make guide holes for the screws Step-by-Step Making a Potting Bench. Step 3: screw in upright supports for the lower shelf near the base of the legs Step-by-Step Making a Potting Bench. Step 4: attach side pieces at the top of the legs Step-by-Step Making a Potting Bench. Step 5: attach legs to support pieces that hold the bottom shelf in place Step-by-Step Making a Potting Bench. Step 5: attach legs to support pieces that hold the bottom shelf in place, completing one of two side frames Step-by-Step Making a Potting Bench. Step 5: measure the diagonals to ensure the side frame is square Step-by-Step Making a Potting Bench. Step 5: one completed side frame Step-by-Step Making a Potting Bench. Step 6: marking the screw holes for attaching the front panels to the top of the frame, thereby connecting the two side frames Step-by-Step Making a Potting Bench. Step 6: screwing the front panels to the top of the frame, thereby connecting the two side frames Step-by-Step Making a Potting Bench. Step 6: screwing  the front panels to the top of the frame, thereby connecting the two side frames





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Homemade Pussy Willow Wreath
A step by step practical series on how to make a homemade wreath with birch and pussy willow sticks

Woman holding the homemade pussy willow wreath Homemade pussy willow wreath hanging on a wooden wall Burlap, secateurs, wire, birch sticks, pussy willow sticks and a metal basin laid out on a wooden surface Burlap, secateurs, wire, birch sticks, pussy willow sticks and a metal basin laid out on a wooden surface Burlap, secateurs, wire, birch sticks, pussy willow sticks and a metal basin laid out on a wooden surface Woman placing birch sticks around the edge of the metal basin to make a homemade wreath Woman placing birch sticks around the edge of the metal basin to make a homemade wreath Woman cutting off the thick ends of the birch sticks Woman cutting off the thick ends of the birch sticks Woman placing birch sticks around the edge of the metal basin to make a homemade wreath Woman placing birch sticks around the edge of the metal basin to make a homemade wreath Woman wrapping wire around the birch sticks to form the homemade wreath Woman wrapping wire around the birch sticks to form the homemade wreath





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Hanging Narcissus Display
A step by step practical series on how to make a hanging Narcissus arrangement with a wooden tray, rope, moss, and Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete'

Hanging Narcissus arrangement Hanging Narcissus arrangement Wooden tray, Narcissus 'Tete a Tete', moss, sandpaper, rope, hammer and nails laid out on a wooden surface Wooden tray, Narcissus 'Tete a Tete', moss, sandpaper, rope, hammer and nails laid out on a wooden surface Woman sanding the wooden tray Woman sanding the wooden tray Woman tying string to mark the centre of both lengths of rope Woman tying string to mark the centre of both lengths of rope Woman tying string to mark the centre of both lengths of rope Woman tying string to mark the centre of both lengths of rope Woman nailing the rope to the base of the tray Woman nailing the rope to the base of the tray Woman nailing the rope to the base of the tray





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Moss Winter Heart
A step by step practical series on how to make a decorative winter heart with wire, moss, snowdrops, pussy willow, mossy saxifrage and pine cones.

Moss and snowdrop heart hanging on a wooden wall Pair of moss and snowdrop hearts hanging on a wooden wall Hazel twigs, Pussy willow twigs, pine cones, Snowdrops, Mossy saxifrage, moss, string, thin and thick wire, scissors and pliers laid out on a wooden surface Hazel twigs, Pussy willow twigs, pine cones, Snowdrops, Mossy saxifrage, moss, string, thin and thick wire, scissors and pliers laid out on a wooden surface Woman using pliers to cut a length of wire Woman using pliers to cut a length of wire Woman using pliers to cut a length of wire Woman using pliers to cut a length of wire Woman bending the wire at the half way point Woman bending the wire at the half way point Woman using the thin wire to tie the two ends of thicker wire together Woman using the thin wire to tie the two ends of thicker wire together Woman using the thin wire to tie the two ends of thicker wire together





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Winter Wreath from Scratch
A step by step practical series on how to make a birch winter wreath from scratch

Winter wreath leaning against a crate Winter wreath hanging on a wooden wall Birch sticks, circular tray and short lengths of wire laid out on a wooden surface Birch sticks, circular tray and short lengths of wire laid out on a wooden surface Woman placing birch sticks around the edge of the tray Woman placing birch sticks around the edge of the tray to create a home made wreath Woman placing birch sticks around the edge of the tray to create a home made wreath Woman placing birch sticks around the edge of the tray to create a home made wreath Woman using wire to hold the birch sticks together, forming a wreath Woman using wire to hold the birch sticks together, forming a wreath Woman using wire to hold the birch sticks together  to create a home made wreath Woman using wire to hold the birch sticks together to create a home made wreath Woman using wire to hold the birch sticks together to create a home made wreath





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Ivy and Hyacinth Wreath
A step by step practical series on how to make a wreath with moss, Ivy and a Hyacinth bulb.

Ivy and Hyacinth wreath hanging Hyacinth bulb, wreath, string, garden scissors and moss laid out on a wooden surface Woman placing Hyacinth bulb at the bottom of the wreath Woman placing Hyacinth bulb at the bottom of the wreath Woman using string to tie the Hyacinth bulb to the wreath Woman using string to tie the Hyacinth bulb to the wreath Woman using string to tie the Hyacinth bulb to the wreath Woman using string to tie the Hyacinth bulb to the wreath Woman placing moss around the roots of the Hyacinth bulb Woman placing moss around the roots of the Hyacinth bulb Woman using string to tie the moss to the wreath Woman using string to tie the moss to the wreath Wreath with moss and Hyacinth bulb





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