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Top tips for any gardener

Top tips for any gardener

Spring is here! It’s a great time to put your hand to gardening. Be it growing from seed, nursing plug plants or planting established shrubs, I’ve put together some information a gardener of any skill set may find useful. Get to know your space If you’re new to...

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My favourite plants for spring colour!

My favourite plants for spring colour!

When winter is nearing its end and the garden is just starting to come back to life, there are a few ‘old faithful’ plants that I know I can rely on to bring bursts of colour to my garden. Whilst most other plants slumber in the depths of winter, these early risers...

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Winter Garden Maintenance

Winter Garden Maintenance

Winter might seem like a quiet season for gardeners, but there’s still plenty to do! Even though the midst of winter brings the coldest months, the New Year brings longer days and the garden begins to grow and develop making it the ideal time to start thinking about...

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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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