1. Falling in love... with plants. Why do we like them more than we used to?

    We've lost touch with nature. It impacts in quite serious ways. As more and more people live in towns and cities, our souls are crying out to connect with the things they need. How can we help ourselves?

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  2. Gardening – the ultimate green and sustainable occupation. Or is it?

    How sustainable are you in your garden?

    As part of nature, plants themselves are perfectly balanced. They grow organically, they bear fruit and seed and some of this is eaten by animals and humans. Eventually they die and return everything and more back to the soil. Plants in their natural surroundings are in harmony with nature. Plant matter which is farmed or grown for pleasure can eventually be composted and fully re-used. Even water that is used to help plants thrive is recyclable in terms of photosynthesis, evaporation and rain.

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  3. How to protect your garden from slugs and snails and avoid SLUGfest in summer

    Are slugs and snails having a feast at your expense?

    It’s summer time and slugfest has started! In these day of enlightenment (or an awakening of common sense), it would be encouraging to hope that most people have sealed their poisonous pots for good. But how do you stop slugs and snails (not to mention vine weevils and lily beetles) from decimating your patch of paradise?

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  4. Five stress busting plants to improve health and wellbeing

    Health and wellbeing is important and plants can be our stress-busting friends

    We all know that plants are good for us, but some are even better than others. Both indoors and out, there are plants that aid health and wellbeing. Indeed, the act of caring for plants also has a positive, stress busting effect on the soul.

    Here’s five plant favourites for your good health: 

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  5. Avoid these 8 gardening mistakes to make your life easier

    There are many common gardening mistakes that people make in their outdoor spaces. Do you know what they are?

    Errors result in inconvenience; increased workload or even major problems later. As in general life, it’s a good idea to think before you act! Timely effort, planning and paying attention to detail is the way to go.

    Avoid these gardening errors - your future will be both easier and more pleasurable.

    For example, the lush, green carpet in the picture below is probably what you might hope for in a lawn and the first tip involves mowing grass:

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  6. Are you a summer or winter person? Tips to help you cope with your 'off' season

    Summer in the garden. What could be better… winter, perhaps?

    The long days of summer bring a relaxed air of warmth that settles over homes like a drift of the most delicate silk organza. Outdoor life is woven into daily routine, charming all but the most ardent winter-type of personality. Is there such a thing? Indeed there is – in fact a surprisingly high number of people prefer the colder seasons. Love the brightness of summer? Some people can't bear it.

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  7. All about passionflowers. Did you know the foliage hides a secret?

    Passion flowers! What an alluring name. We’ve probably all seen them, with those radiating, coloured filaments circling a central, exotic arena.

    The flowers of Passiflora have a 3-D design. Nature is a clever beast and this flower guides pollinators to the nectaries. Native to  tropical America, pollinators include bats, hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and moths. Here in the UK, these flowering beauties have to rely on insects, but they still provide an amazing spectacle.

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  8. These luscious plants help to keep you cool. What are they?

    Create a refuge from the heat with these perfect plants

    There’s a lot of razzmatazz out in the garden during the gloriously long days of summer. But when temperatures soar, keeping cool suddenly feels more desirable. Plants are amazing beasts that have the ability to cool the air around them. This applies both indoors and out. Do you recognise the family of plants from which the unfurling greenery is emerging?

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  9. Don't take offence at a fence - do this one simple thing

    Everyone needs boundaries 

    Is there anything appealing about a standard, timber fence?

    Close-boarded, featheredge, palisade, waney edged, overlap… a fence’s purpose is to dictate a boundary and to provide some sort of screening and security. It’s just about essential in every garden, so the utmost respect should be shown to fencing specialists!

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  10. What to do with baby bird fledglings in the garden

    Do these baby birds need your help?

    It’s part of the summer scene: parents and babies outdoors enjoying the weather. Human babies and small children need to be supervised at all times, but if you’re an animal such as a bird, a rabbit, a fox or a deer fawn, you have nature as your guide. It’s entirely natural for bird babies to fledge, i.e. to leave their nest once they are fully feathered, then learn to fly and survive in the big open world. What they don’t usually need is human intervention. This is sometimes difficult. You find a fledgling in the garden, hopping around and looking vulnerable. It’s tempting to interfere.

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