1. Get on trend for 2020 - what's new in terms of gardening style?

    As the garden prepares to slowly wake from its winter slumber, this is a great time to think about the coming growing season and prepare for all the excitement that is just around the corner. But just for the moment, depending on the weather, the best gift you can provide for your garden is to stay away. The compaction caused by winter boots on soggy lawns and beds does no favours for the structure of the soil. It’s possible to work by using boards on which to tread, or you can wait until conditions improve. 

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  2. School gardens, how to incorporate gardening into the curriculum. Why do it?

    We all know that schools are busy trying to keep up with their targets, admin and assessments. So how on earth are they able to offer ‘extras’ in the form of subjects such as gardening? The key to being able to enhance kids’ lives lies in the creative energy of teachers and staff. So, rather than treat the garden as an extra, why not make it part of  everyday life? Here's how to do it:

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  3. How do you work out the value of a tree in economic terms?

    Trees are big news. The entire climate change topic has moved up the priority ladder by several notches since the UK has become more aware of the impact that people, the things they produce, and the way that they live, have on the world. Governments are talking about trees and are now driving initiatives for tree planting schemes in an effort to right the environmental wrongs that have happened gradually over the decades.
    It seems that one of the keys to reconising the value of trees is to place a monetary figure on these big beasts of the plant kingdom. 
    So how do you go about doing this?
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  4. How to choose plants that are safe around children and pets

    The fact that plants are good for us is fully acknowledged and embraced by most. But some plants are better than others. We now know that humans have an innate tendency to make connections with nature and this is beneficial to health and wellbeing. It’s known as the  biophilia hypothesis and it makes perfect sense.

    But will any old plant do the job? Anything is definitely better than nothing and studies within the workplace have shown hugely positive effects from the introduction of greenery. Not only is productivity boosted but also feeling of contentment and even improved health. But ensure to choose wisely.

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  5. Christmas trees. Is fake or real best? Or consider one of these 6 alternatives

    This year, more that ever before, people are more aware of plastic pollution It’s been with us in increasing severity, for decades. But we are now on ‘plastic alert’ thanks to a greater awareness of environmental influences and influencers including Sir David Attenborough of course. So how does this affect your tree choice at Christmas?

    Some people assume that a fake tree is kinder to the planet than a real one, because they don’t like the idea of cutting down a live plant.  However, responsible growers plant two trees for every Christmas tree sold. The Christm

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  6. Six spooky plants for the Halloween season

    So what’s our obsession with Halloween? To state the obvious, it features witches, pumpkins, fangs, lanterns, sweets, pranks and great excitement amongst small people. Basically, it’s a good excuse for a jolly. Dress up on a dark evening, have fun with a bunch of mates and overdose on sugary treats. Hopefully, all supervised by a responsible adult or two. Get into the spooky spirit with some scary plants...

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  7. What is mycorrhizal fungi and why do I need it in my garden?

    No doubt you’ve heard the term ‘mycorrhizal fungi’, but do you know why you need it in your garden? Especially during autumn, winter and early spring when you might be considering doing some bare root planting.

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  8. Brexit, how might it affect gardeners and the horticulture industry?

    Brexit, a neologism that we have all come to know and maybe despise. But there’s no doubt it will have an impact on all sorts of things, including gardening habits. So what might Brexit mean for gardeners?

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  9. How to reap your autumn garden harvest and enjoy throughout winter

    Harvest happiness! What an amazing time of year. The trees are gradually beginning to transform  during October and the colours within the vegetable garden are golden. Garden harvests are being reaped and those with the time and inclination are researching recipes for preserving.

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  10. Jobs in the garden for September and October, make the most of mellow autumn days

    So here we are, already dipping into the mellow days of early autumn when the light levels are often perfect for photography in the garden. Rather than mourn the loss of summer, there’s work to be done outdoors. Here are five tips to help you get the garden in order so that it will look good for the rest of the autumn, through into winter.

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