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Tips for winter garden design

Tips for winter garden design

It's tempting to draw the proverbial curtains on your garden over the winter, and any outdoor space can easily become a bit of a dumping ground. Tatty, carpeted in dried leaves, stacked with empty pots - a winter garden might hardly be a feast for the eyes! I'm a firm...

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The best vegetables to grow for winter

The best vegetables to grow for winter

The garden is largely quiet and still during the winter, with the odd evergreen, winter bloom and hardy shrub brightening things up. It could seem that during the colder months, most home-grown crops wouldn't survive, but there are actually some excellent vegetables...

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Caring for winter wildlife

Caring for winter wildlife

It's a real joy to watch all the birds and animals that might visit our garden in the spring and summer - but did you know that it's even more important to make an extra effort to support winter wildlife in the colder months? Although in the winter your garden may...

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The best garden plants for winter colour

The best garden plants for winter colour

There's a real magic about the depths of winter in the garden, when you're able to spot the rich colours of evergreen and hardy plant life still brightening up the space. In the summertime, bold and colourful flowers are everywhere - but in winter, it's important to...

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Preparing your garden for winter

Preparing your garden for winter

As the days start to draw in, autumn could be mistaken for a time where you can relax and put your feet up in the garden. But not so fast! Just as we might prepare for the colder, darker months by getting the heating on, lighting a candle or two and settling in front...

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Planting for autumn colour

Planting for autumn colour

There's a hint of wistfulness in the air for me as the seasons change, days get shorter and the weather starts to turn. Where has summer gone?! On the other hand, there's a majesty about autumn colours that's really easy and rewarding to bring into your garden. Seeing...

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The best screening plants for garden privacy

The best screening plants for garden privacy

My readers often ask how to use planting in their gardens to create privacy, block an unsightly view or cushion noise pollution from nearby roads or train tracks. Whether you're keen to forget about a not-so-attractive vista at the end of your garden, create a private...

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Your post-holiday garden care guide

Your post-holiday garden care guide

We're all going on a summer holiday! Well, if we're lucky that is. After the year or so we've had, most of us are more in need of a holiday than ever before. Many of us have recently had plenty of time at home to carefully tend the garden, so the thought of leaving it...

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A guide to summer pruning

A guide to summer pruning

When you're busy enjoying the summertime in your garden, it can be easy to overlook tasks like summer pruning. Pruning is for when plants are dormant in winter, right? Well... not quite. Summer pruning is essential to keep your plants strong, healthy, in good shape...

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The best crops to grow in small spaces

The best crops to grow in small spaces

You just can't beat the taste and satisfaction levels of home-grown produce. If you have a smaller garden, a paved yard or even a balcony, you may feel that you don't have enough space to grow your own fruit and veg. However, there are lots of great fruit and...

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