1. How to survive the new year, whatever the circumstances. Rescue remedy for broken souls

    The new year of 2021 represented the start of a period of time that nobody could have imagined before the onset of the coronavirus, Covid-19 . The topics of lockdown, pandemic, virus, general health and mental health appearing at the head of the news agenda every single day. New phrases and instructions became part of everyday parlance: social distancing, shielding, stay at home, work from home, don't mix with friends open your windows... 

    We all began to realise the importance of nature. Plants, gardens, fresh air, the natural world. In terms of self-help and improving the indoor environment, the following are the biggest success stories of the 'pandemic era':

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  2. What to do with the kids over autumn half term

    How do you keep the children entertained during half term? During autumn it's so easy to find things to do with the kids. Here's five suggestions that will bring fun into every weekday of the school holidays. Worried about Covid-19? These activities are all virus-proof!

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  3. Wise words from Sir David Attenborough. Why should we care about biodiversity?

    If you haven’t yet watched ‘A Life on Our Planet’ a nature and ecology documentary starring Sir David Attenborough, you need to schedule a living-room sitting as soon as possible. The broadcaster recounts the most memorable aspects of his life and reveals the shocking changes that have taken place over the 94 years since he has lived on the planet Earth. But why should any of us care, and what's it got to do with gardens?

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  4. Best plants for an autumn garden - here's 7 of the best for September and October

    The autumn garden can be the best time of the year. Just because the summer is over, it doesn’t mean that your outside space need look forlorn or devoid of colour. There are plenty of beautiful flowers that give you a boost in September, October, November and beyond. Not to mention the amazing show that is happening amongst trees and the everlasting colours to be found in foliage.

    If your outdoor space is looking desperately dull, it might benefit from a few, carefully placed containers near your entrance, along the circulation routes and close to your windows. Colour is uplifting and some plants shine during the autumn. Here's a selection of some of the best...

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  5. What does biodiversity mean, why does it matter and how does it fit into a garden?

    We've all heard of biodiversity, it's one of the buzz words of the 21st century. But what does it mean and why does it matter? Should we care that global biodiversity losses are turning into a crisis?

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  6. How plants can help you to sleep better naturally

    Feeling tired? Maybe a little down or depressed? Perhaps the day's tasks seem too arduous to tackle.

    It could be down to the type of sleep that you had last night. It can make a huge difference to how you function during the day. It is an ambition of a high proportion of the population to achieve quality sleep. But how do we do it?

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  7. How to survive summer, especially if you're a hayfever sufferer. Make a garden work for you.

    Everyone loves summer, don't they? It's a season giving long, warm days with sunshine and plenty of opportunities for sitting and dining outdoors. But what if summer is a time of sneezing, itching and torment? You might spend your leisure hours seeking respite from relentless sunshine because you crave to be cool. Your plants could be wilting and perhaps your colour seems to be fading away to burnt umber.

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  8. Can plants help in the fight against coronavirus? Air purifying houseplants to aid good heath

    The subject of health is a hot topic.particularly during pandemics such as coronavirus which has spread to every continent except for Antarctica. It's understandable that concern levels are extremely high during worrying times.Businesses, in particular, are on high alert during epidemics. Those problems make the world feel like a small place. It seems that viruses have no regard for country boundaries. So, given that the bugs are around, is there anything else that we can all do to help safeguard our households?

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  9. What flowers can you see in spring? Some early-flowering beauties including primroses and polyanthus

    In early spring, from March onwards, there's a pop of colour under the hedgerows, in gardens and on sunny banks. Spring flowers emerge, despite wind, rain, sleet and ice. It’s what they do. The harbingers of better weather will appear, come what may. They are suited to just about all conditions, with the exception of complete flooding, and will raise their merry little faces – providing some much-needed cheer.

    Let's start with the Primula family. They are one of the nation's best-loved spring flowers and certainly deserve to be. But do you know the difference between primrose, cowslip, oxslip, primula and polyanthus?

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  10. Which plants can I keep in my bathroom and cloakroom?

    The smallest room in the house needn’t be the most boring. In fact, many people feel that the bathroom and cloakroom are the most revered spaces of any home. Let's look at bathroom environments to see which plants can survive in rooms that sometimes get hot and steamy.

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