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Coastal gardening 'more of a possibility' for many Brits

15th September 2009

Coastal gardening is becoming more of a possibility for Brits as many move to the seaside, it has been claimed.

Co-author of Coastal Gardening John Bickerton explained that the pastime allows keen gardeners to grow things they would not be able to do inland.

He explained that coastal gardening could become more of a possibility as people move to the coast, either in retirement or with second homes.

However, Mr Bickerton reminded gardeners that there are difficulties.

He said: 'The main challenges when gardening by the coast are the weather conditions; the wind and the salt being the two primary problems.

'However, coastal gardening allows you to grow things that wouldn't survive inland because you don't get the frost that you get inland at all, so it is easier to grow Mediterranean plants like pelargoniums all year round.'

Mr Bickerton's book explains how to design and plant a sea garden, making the most of the coastal microclimate.

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