11:22am Monday 15th September 2014
WE KNOW bees, hoverflies and other beneficial insects provide a welcome sight for gardeners in spring and summer, pollinating our flowers and helping us to reap rich harvests, but these valued species also need plenty of protection in the winter to ensure they return in years to come.
11:20am Monday 1st September 2014
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11:42am Monday 7th April 2014
If the weather is fine this Easter, (and it’s beginning to look like it might be), many parents will be wanting to sort out their gardens – and hopefully encouraging their children to give them a hand along the way.
9:01am Monday 24th March 2014
If your planting is attracting bees, butterflies and other wildlife, your shed is devoid of pesticides and your fruit and veg are strictly organic, then you are already heading along the right road to eco-friendliness.
2:00pm Monday 17th March 2014
Stuck on the usual ‘flowers or chocolates’ dilemma? Why not find some inspiration in the garden this Mother’s Day, and treat the woman who knows you best to everything from decorative twine to wind chimes, seed collections or serious tools.
9:21am Monday 10th March 2014
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9:44am Monday 20th January 2014
There’s never really an excuse for not having a bird feeder standing in your garden. But with the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch taking place next Saturday and Sunday, there is no better time to invest in a bird feeder, or two, to keep our feathered friends happy during the winter and beyond.
8:59am Monday 13th January 2014
9:00am Saturday 14th December 2013
Think of the festive season and you probably think of being snuggled up inside by a roaring fire - but put a new gardening book on your Christmas wish-list, and you could be thinking of your spring planting too.
12:00pm Saturday 7th December 2013
Picture the familiar Christmas scene: you arrive home from the garden centre, a tall, bushy tree proudly under your arm. You’re anxious to get it up and show it off in all it’s festive glory – but when it’s inside, once you’ve pruned and snipped it into it’s allocated space, the magic seems to have faded.
4:00pm Saturday 30th November 2013
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10:40am Monday 18th November 2013
What do you give the gardener who has everything? Perhaps a luxurious back and neck massage to ease those endless hours of digging? Or perhaps a good manicure to file away all that grime from under the nails?
9:44am Monday 11th November 2013
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10:55am Monday 23rd September 2013
We all feel better after an hour or two of gardening – the fresh air, the exercise and the simple joy of being surrounded by beautiful flowers and the fruits of our labour. But for some people, the benefits go even further.
8:56am Monday 9th September 2013
After a summer of being dried out by heat and trampled on by outdoor activities, your lawn may be looking a bit tired. If you want to restore any bare patches, or are even thinking of sowing a completely new lawn, early autumn is a good time to do it.
8:52am Tuesday 27th August 2013
8:45am Monday 22nd July 2013
It’s the same every year; the garden reaches its peak with borders bursting into bloom, patio plants beginning their dazzling displays, and fruits swelling in the vegetable garden – and then you go on holiday for two weeks...
9:00am Saturday 13th July 2013
Anyone enjoying a ‘staycation’ this summer should make the most of a wealth of gardens open to the public, from National Trust properties to privately-owned country estates, royal parks and RHS treasure troves of colour.
8:43am Monday 8th July 2013
She’s banged the drum for the Gurkhas, she’s the ambassador for an initiative to combat climate change and waste – but most recently, actress and keen gardener Joanna Lumley has turned her attentions to the plight of the humble butterfly.
4:13pm Monday 1st July 2013
Before you chuck out your old gardening tools or that urn you inherited from your grandmother, check out their value, because Jonty Hearnden, presenter of the BBC1 show Cash In The Attic, says you could be sitting on a goldmine.
3:37pm Monday 10th June 2013
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9:30am Monday 20th May 2013
You would have thought that when he moved to a new house in Wicklow, known as the Garden of Ireland, Diarmuid Gavin, the enfant terrible of the gardening fraternity, would have wasted no time hauling in the diggers, landscaping materials, amazing plants and architectural altars.
9:05am Monday 13th May 2013
9:20am Monday 29th April 2013
Swedish design goes much further than Ikea, thanks to Swedish garden designers including award-winning Ulf Nordfjell, who is currently preparing for his forthcoming show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
8:58am Monday 22nd April 2013
Gardeners who didn’t want to venture out in the freezing weather at the beginning of the month may now be looking at a moss-ridden, lumpy lawn with scatterings of bald patches, a world away from the velvet carpet of grass they desire.
9:35am Tuesday 16th April 2013
His commitment to show gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show the past two years has meant that garden designer Cleve West’s beloved allotment has suffered as weeds have sprung up and slugs and snails have built their own thriving community among his prized vegetables.
9:30am Monday 8th April 2013
Wondering what to put in your patio containers this summer? My pansies and violas are looking so forlorn I’m already thinking I’ll ditch them in favour of some higher achievers in this unpredictable British weather.
10:12am Monday 25th March 2013
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9:28am Monday 11th February 2013
If you’re still scratching your head as to what to do with your garden this year, whether trying veg in pots for the first time, creating a wildflower meadow or completely re-landscaping your outdoor space, there are new books coming out which should provide you with plenty of ideas.
10:07am Monday 4th February 2013
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