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Elderberry plant dye

How to create stunning dyes from your garden plants

Did you know that you can make literally hundreds of dyes from your garden plants? As you harvest your first rhubarb of the year, don’t throw the leaves into the…

March 27th, 2016

Posted In: Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco


Water butts help save water

15 questions you need to ask about guilt-free ‘green’ gardening

You may be surprised to discover than gardening is not the same as ‘green’ gardening. Do you – as an ‘ordinary gardener’ – feel guilty about spraying your plants with…

October 4th, 2015

Posted In: Middlesized country, Town gardens, Wildlife & eco


mini wildlife ponds

How to make a mini wildlife pond

A mini wildlife pond will help wildlife in your garden. Water is essential for all creatures. And helping wildlife is part of being an environmentally responsible gardener. But how big…

April 19th, 2015

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Jo-jo's grasses, seedheads and poppies

10 ways of creating a beach garden theme

What is a beach garden? And would you like a bit more beach in your back yard? If you’ve even got a strip of shingle or gravel, a few yards…

August 10th, 2014

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