The English Garden

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The author and respected vegetable garden maker discusses her approach to edible gardening

I never liked using chemicals, but my Damascus moment came when spraying tar oil wash on apple trees in our Suffolk garden,

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How To Grow
Lilacs are perfect for those with chalky soil, but also grow well in most well-drained, humus-rich, alkaline-to-neutral soils. They dislike shade, so plant in a sunny spot. Mulch well every spring and don’t be shy about deadheading once blooms begin