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Dan Cooper showing me how to clean and maintain garden tools

How to clean and maintain garden tools – make them last longer and work better

How to clean and maintain garden tools two ways – using either specialist garden tool cleaning kit or common household products.

February 17th, 2023

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How to grow chrysanthemums for magical late season colour

Grow chrysanthemums to keep your garden looking gorgeous for longer. They’re easy care and available in lots of colours and styles.

November 12th, 2022

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Marchants Hardy Plants Sussex

The very best time to plant perennials + top tips on filling a gap in your border

Autumn and spring are the best time to plant perennials. So that’s also the best time to fill gaps in your border – or even revamp your border completely. To…

October 15th, 2022

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Salvias growing at Great Comp Garden in Kent

Salvias – expert tips on growing long-lasting flowers

Salvias are the stars of the late season garden. Many flower from summer right through to the first frosts. William Dyson is the UK’s top expert on salvias. He’s the…

October 1st, 2022

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Grow daffodils for a brilliant spring garden

How to grow daffodils for years of beautiful spring flowers

If you grow daffodils, they’ll come back year after year, often increasing in number. Tulips are outrageously colourful and gorgeous, but usually disappear after one or two years. Daffodils are…

September 24th, 2022

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Drought resistant plants in Jane's garden

15 drought tolerant plants that will also be happy if it rains!

Drought tolerant plants that will thrive in dry or hot summers, and they’ll also look good if we have an unexpectedly wet summer.

September 4th, 2022

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easy ways of solving 7 common summer garden problems

7 summer garden problems and what to do about them

Common summer garden problems and what you can do – and what you shouldn’t do – to revive your garden when there’s a drought or heatwave.

August 18th, 2022

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Borde Hill Garden with lavender

Dying plants in your garden? Top tips on how to save them from the summer weather.

Is your garden full of dying plants because of this summer’s extreme heat or drought? My persicaria looks like a bowl of crisps, the Virginia creeper’s leaves are limp, the…

July 30th, 2022

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A perfect lawn with stripes

Do you really need a perfect lawn? And is it sustainable?

The perfect lawn is now a surprisingly controversial issue in gardening. Some people want a smart, green surface with no flaws. Others say that such a lawn is an ‘ecological…

July 16th, 2022

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When you deadhead plants, they put more energy into creating flowers

How to deadhead plants – the easy way to boost your garden flowers

To deadhead plants, you simply cut off dead or dying flowers. Deadheading is one of the easiest, yet most effective, gardening techniques. It’s also the best way of ensuring that…

July 9th, 2022

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Early summer gardening jobs include pruning wisteria

Early summer gardening checklist

Here is an early summer gardening checklist, followed by suggestions on how you can make this as easy as possible. Weed paths and borders Decide where you can tolerate weeds,…

May 21st, 2022

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Answers to spring gardening questions

Answers to the 5 top spring gardening questions

Here are answers to the 5 most common spring gardening questions. I prefer not to specify a month, because the trouble with ‘Gardening tips for April (or whatever month)’ is…

April 24th, 2022

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