Gar­den Shed

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In seat-high raised beds, put plants with scented and rough, smooth and furry leaves, which will stim­u­late the senses. Avoid plants with prick­les or toxic sap, such as eu­phor­bia and rue, which can give an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion. Sow nights­cented stock in 11cm-di­am­e­ter pots in a cold frame. In about seven weeks, when they’re just about to flower, drop them in among your other plants in a sunny bor­der and they’ll fill the air with their spicy, sweet scent.

Us­ing sharp shears, clip ever­green hedges as soon as the new growth starts to turn a darker green. For a neat fin­ish, use a string guide to achieve a level top by sim­ply plac­ing a bam­boo stake at ei­ther end of the hedgerow, and string­ing a line be­tween the two at the de­sired height of the fin­ished hedge.

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