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My 10 most useful and inspiring gardening books

My 10 best gardening books

Are gardening books dead? Can't we get all the info we need free off the internet? The best gardening books are the ones you go back to again and again. You don't need to recharge…

May 22nd, 2016 - Garden style & living, Shop

How to plant a border like a pro

Show garden at Chelsea

It's Garden Show time! Over the next few months you'll see glorious borders bursting with colour. On TV programmes, in magazines, in professionally-run gardens... But how can we achieve those brilliant, beautiful borders in our…

May 15th, 2016 - Gardening know how

Foliage – the forgotten secret of spring garden success

Stipa tenuissima spring foliage

Do you mainly think about the flowers when you're planning your garden? I do. I can't remember when I last chose a plant specifically for its foliage. But foliage is often 90% of the garden.…

May 8th, 2016 - Garden style & living

How to use garden fertiliser for amazing results

I couldn't say that my garden is 'perfectly balanced.' It has its moments, but can be a bit scrappy close-up...

Is your garden soil is perfectly balanced? Do you maintain its condition with regular composting? If so, you probably don’t need garden fertiliser. But who keeps their middle-sized garden soil correctly balanced? Anyone? Is that…

May 1st, 2016 - Gardening know how

What do you really want to achieve in your garden this year?

White scyllas

At last, the garden is green rather than brown. It's time for a walk-round, with a few gardening friends, to see what's working and what I ought to do. It's all very well dreaming and…

April 24th, 2016 - Gardening know how

The Great Decluttering Myth & the magic of one garden shed…

Old chemists cabinet for seed storage

There's no doubt about it - de-cluttering your desk, home or garden shed can help you feel more in control. But something is lost, too. A completely decluttered life has fewer layers and less history. It…

April 17th, 2016 - Garden style & living

Easy veg growing for year-round success

Kale, salad and edible flowers harvested in April

Have you been just slightly disappointed by your home-grown fruit and veg? In the last two summers, I've grown celeriac with no roots, blighted tomatoes, stunted sweetcorn and lettuces that ran up to flower before…

April 10th, 2016 - Grow-your-own

12 easy ways to help wildlife in your garden now

Easy ways to help wildlife in your garden now

When did you last wash out the bird bath? I keep walking past mine, thinking 'must do something about that.' It's so easy to forget. Time goes by. So this weekend is my 'wildlife friendly audit'.…

April 3rd, 2016 - Wildlife & eco

How to create stunning dyes from your garden plants

Elderberry plant dye

As you harvest your first rhubarb of the year, don't throw the leaves into the compost. Boil them up to dye silk and wool. You'll get wonderful natural colours. Or use them as a fixative…

March 27th, 2016 - Garden style & living

13 clever ways to improve your garden – from Australia!

Tips on restoring an overgrown garden

Different country. Different climate - but travel makes you look at gardens in a fresh way.  It's inspiring to see how someone else grows things, especially if you can talk to an expert. Many Australian…

March 20th, 2016 - Garden style & living

12 professional insider tips for landscaping your garden

How to get the landscaping right in your garden

Landscaping is the most expensive element in your garden. And it's the hardest part to get right. I went round a stunningly planted private garden last summer, which was almost completely ruined by the use…

March 13th, 2016 - Gardening know how

How to create your unique grow-your-own garden plan

How to plan your veg garden from your cookery books

Are you growing the right vegetables, herbs and fruit? The ones you will really eat and use? Or are you wasting about half your seed budget because you're not growing the things you really use,…

March 6th, 2016 - Grow-your-own

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