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Beyond the Pail

Seriously? It’s April already? How did that happen! (If that’s rhetorical, does it need a question mark?) It’s all systems go here. David and I are Going For It big time: NEW sculpture focal point, NEW rill feature, NEW rose arch. And NEW hanging baskets – no more...

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Good companions in the veg plot

Companion planting is the art of growing different plants together to achieve certain benefits, such as helping with pest control, encouraging pollination or increasing crop yields. With a little thought, companion planting can also create a feast for the eyes,...

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8 great gardening podcasts

Gardening podcasts are a fabulous source of horticultural entertainment and inspiration. They make perfect rainy-day listening and can also get you through the most mundane of gardening tasks. So pop in your headphones and join us as we visit eight of the best...

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Plants for shade

Does your garden have a Cinderella spot? A part that doesn’t get the same love and attention as the rest? Chances are, says Mandy Bradshaw of The Chatty Gardener, it’s a shady area. Sunny borders might seem more interesting and easy to fill, but Mandy’s tips for the...

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How to create beautiful displays with annual flowers

Once March arrives, Nic Wilson’s potting shed is launched into action as her annual flower seeds come out. Here, the experienced gardener behind dogwooddays talks to us about the many roles that annual flowers play in her garden. Affordable, beautiful, and easy to...

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Starting a culinary herb garden

Anyone can start a herb garden, no matter how little space they have available. Some people create bespoke culinary herb gardens, while others tuck these flavour-packed plants into any empty space they can find. We asked The Sunday Gardener, Carol Bartlett, for her...

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Geoff Stonebanks Driftwood Garden Update

I saw this posted on social media recently! “Gardening is an art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas”. It was credited to Elizabeth Murray. It really tugged at my own perception of how I garden myself. As someone who has no formal...

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Not Quite Spring

Hello As I write this it’s the beginning of March and we've had a lovely warm spell but are now experiencing some wetter, cooler weather, and today it is blowing a gale here in mid-Wales. Rain is never a bad thing to be honest, it's good to have rain sometimes, if not...

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