1. 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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  2. How to reap your autumn garden harvest and enjoy produce throughout winter

    Harvest happiness happens in autumn, which can be an amazing time of year. Trees transform throughout October and the colours everywhere, including within the vegetable garden, turn golden. You can reap what you have sown and those with the time and inclination are researching recipes for preserving. So how can you preserve all that food to make it last as long as possible?

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  3. Six easy edibles for the kitchen garden, give growing a go!

    Easy edibles

    So here we are in spring and early summer, the most glorious growing time of the year! If you are new to the idea of pleasurable gardening, there’s one thing to remember: it’s never too late to learn. Dabbling in soil can be enjoyed by toddlers through to centenarians. It’s known to be good for the mind and body, so if you’ve rarely tried growing things in your past there’s good reason to start growing edibles now! Get the small people out into the garden this month and you could well be fuelling a lifelong interest which will keep them 'grounded'.

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  4. 3 easy steps to the 'no dig method' of gardening and why it can work for you

    The 'no dig method' of gardening is a growing trend, try it before the main vegetable planting season arrives

    So, here we are, more than three quarters of the way through January already. Grow your own enthusiasts and those with an allotment will already be champing at the bit, eager to start sowing and growing. Let’s look at what you can be getting on with right now. It’s a great month for preparing the plot. For some, this means digging. This helps to bury weeds and loosen the soil. Digging the vegetable garden or allotment in order to prepare for spring  growing and sowing is the traditional way to go about things, but with the benefit of ecological understanding together with science, it might not be necessary.

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  5. Make the most of vibrant colour in the autumn garden

    In autumn, many things in the garden can be tidied away, cut back and neatened. Or can they - does thismean it's all over for the year? Do we need to see bare soil and pruned back stems?

    A few decades ago, this was the aspiration but now it's just not the thing to do. Garden minibeasts and birds love to scratch around and feast upon the stems and seeds that autumn brings. There's so much happening outdoors in October and beyond. It would be a shame to miss it. There is sometimes even an Indian summer which can be one of the best times of year.  We Brits are often prepared to let the glory of autumn slip away without even a glance.

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  6. Harvest happiness! How to manage your vegetable and fruit glut

    Anyone with a kitchen garden or allotment should be enjoying a harvest glut in September. Apples are ripe for plucking, courgettes are still coming, onions are ready for drying, tomatoes are ripening on the vine and potatoes are inviting you to dig for their delicious treasure. There are still runner beans hiding amongst the climbing green foliage, autumn-fruiting raspberries and tayberries are luscious, blackberries taste beautiful and beetroot is bursting from the soil. But how do you cope with a glut of wonderful produce?

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  7. Ignore granny at your peril! Folklore can be better than science in your garden

    Garden lore: truth or fiction?

    The best nature and garden knowledge, some say, is that which is handed down from generation to generation. Garden folklore might not be the most scientific, but much of it has been tried and tested out in the fields and gardens over time. Since the Egyptians cultivated plants that they collected from Europe, in fact. There are folklore solutions to age-old problems that you might not find in an official guide. Sometimes, listening to granny gives you wisdom! Here’s a round-up of useful folklore, tips and thoughts that you might want to put into practice. Read more
  8. 7 sensational reasons to enjoy the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    7 sensational reasons to love the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 

    RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens to the public next week on 22 May, 2018.  This is possibly the world's most famous flower show and it will lead us wisely and soothingly towards the summer.  It's so easy to become enthused by all the ideas and perfection that’s on display. But don’t allow yourself to feel overwhelmed by the difference between your own plot and the photogenic masterpieces that you see on your TV. Or in the green, if you are lucky enough to visit in person. Read more
  9. Five best herbs and vegetables for the kitchen garden

    Ready, steady, grow your own! Here’s five of the best for the kitchen garden

    So, the major growing season is upon us and danger of frost will soon be a thing of the past. There’s no time to waste down on the vegetable plot and the sooner you start growing, the faster your crops will be making their way to the kitchen table. Are you a newbie to kitchen garden vegetable growing? Here’s our selection of five easy crops that can be sown and grown now. Read more
  10. Peaches, nectarines and apricots: can you grow these exotic fruits in the UK?

    Thinking of planting a fruit tree? No doubt you'll consider an apple, a plum or a pear tree.But how about something more exotic?  Did you know that you can expect full sized fruit from even tiny, patio-sized fruit trees such as peach, nectarine and apricot?  It’s all about the variety of tree and the rootstock. Here's a simple guide to get you started, it's a lot easier than you might think.  

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