1. Slugs and snails and tales of puppy dogs. 8 ways to deal with pests.

    There are at least 8 ways to deal with the chomping, guzzling gastropods that are SLUGS. Some years there are only a few, but other springs and summers there are oodles. It all depends on the weather. Slug and snail eggs need warmth in order to hatch. They also need moisture.  Wise gardeners might want to gear up for a slimy invasion of leaf-chomping mayhem.

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  2. A potted history of garden design. 12 styles of outdoor spaces

    We have been in love with gardens for thousands of years. Gardens have evolved and continue to do so. The history of outdoor design is a story that spans the ages right back to prehistoric times. Details of historic garden design would fill volumes, but for convenience this can be vastly simplified into 12 main categories. Let's take a look...

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  3. Six effects of colour. How does it make you feel?

    Colour can actually change your mood. Here's six effects you might notice.

    Who would have thought that colour could change the way we think and feel? Why should we even want to bring colour into our lives? Did you know that we have a natural, subliminal reaction to the colours that we see? Colour is all part of a visual language that is processed without consciousness. It can create a mood without anyone being aware of it. Here are six reactions to different colours and colour combinations - providing reasons to become ‘colour smart’ this spring. Read more
  4. Creepy Crawlies: things that chomp in the night (and day).

    Creepy things that chomp. Six reasons to let them.

    Creepy crawlies in the garden. What do you do when you see caterpillars chomping away on your beloved plants? Squash them/throw them over into the neighbour’s garden? Photograph them? Applaud and show the children? Clearly, nobody wants the cabbage white larvae eating their brassica. Read more