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Save time and money with plants that grow themselves. 25 gorgeous self-seeding plants. #gardening

The 25 best self-seeding plants to save you time and money

Self-seeding plants are the key to gardening on automatic. The less you do, the more they grow. And they’re free. You buy one packet of seeds or one plant, and…

June 10th, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Shady border tips

A shady border – the best (and easiest) part of your garden?

My shady border is probably better for longer than anywhere else in the garden. Although I do far less work in it – less planting and weeding – than I…

May 6th, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens


How to deal with frost damaged plants

How to deal with winter damage to shrubs….

Here in the South East (of England), we’re assessing the winter damage to our gardens. The real problems weren’t caused by the snow, freezing winds or low temperatures of late…

April 1st, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Tree surgeon, arborist or chain saw man? Why you need to know…

I didn’t know the difference between a tree surgeon, an arborist (also known as an arboriculturalist) and a Chain Saw Man when we first moved into a garden with trees….

March 25th, 2018

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The March garden

A new look at the March garden…

What do you imagine to be the essence of a  ‘March garden’? January and February stand for frosts, snowdrops, the brilliant colours of cornus stems and even the last remaining…

March 18th, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco


How to make natural plant supports from clippings

I’ve seen other people make natural plant supports from clippings. But not being a very handy person, I hadn’t thought of actually trying it myself. However, I can now reveal…

March 11th, 2018

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Canna Torch Song

How to make your garden different with unusual plants

I’ve always been slightly nervous of buying ‘unusual plants.’ Maybe they’re just for expert gardeners? More demanding? Difficult to grow? If you’re new to gardening, you will often be advised…

March 4th, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Simple garden ideas from St Erth Diggers Garden

8 beautifully simple garden ideas that really work

The Diggers Club Garden of St Erth demonstrates simple garden ideas to home gardeners. It’s a charming and very domestic-scale garden. Every idea in it could be taken back to…

February 25th, 2018

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Is it time for a garden appraisal?

If you want to take your garden up a notch, book a garden appraisal. Maybe you’ve moved to a new house and you don’t even know what’s in your garden?…

January 28th, 2018

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How to find a gardener who’s perfect for your garden

What’s the first thing you think about when you decide to find a gardener? Is it ‘how much does a gardener cost?’ Or ‘how do I find a gardener who…

January 7th, 2018

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Henriette dahlia over-winters well.

Don’t dig up dahlias for winter! What to do instead….

I don’t dig up dahlias to store them at the end of the summer. I’ve been growing dahlias for fifteen years, and I only dug a few up once. They…

November 12th, 2017

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Me and my terrarium.

How to make a terrarium that won’t die in 6 weeks

The terrarium is back in fashion. You probably last saw one in the 1970s, gathering dust in Great-aunt Agatha’s musty Victorian interior. Now you might expect to find them in…

September 24th, 2017

Posted In: Container gardening, Gardening know how