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Top 10 plants for beginners

Martyn Cox guides you through ten of his (almost) foolproof favourite plants for beginner...

Robins in the garden

In the depths of winter the gardener’s friend, the robin becomes the star of...

Can I grow my own festive holly and ivy?

Geoff Hodge offers his tips and advice on growing festive holly and ivy.

Dairy free carrot cake

Savour the flavour of homegrown carrots with this tasty seasonal recipe that's also dairy...

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Why I love Christmas trees

Geoff Stonebanks outlines his love affair with Christmas trees past and present. I have always loved Christmas, going back as far as I can remember. Throughout the 60’s, 70’s and most of the 80’s, my parents ran a country pub...

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How to really enjoy your garden

Geoff Stonebanks learns ways to enjoy his garden in lockdown and offers his hard earned advice. In a ‘normal’  year, Geoff Stonebanks opens his summer garden to hundreds of visitors, offering copious refreshments including tea, cakes and even lunch and...

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Easy Savoury Summer Treats

Every summer Geoff Stonebanks bakes lots of different cakes, sweet and savoury for his open garden, to raise money for charity. Two of the most popular savoury treats that Geoff makes for his garden visitors over recent years are his...

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How do I water container plants?

As a complete novice, as I was back in 2009 when I began gardening, I suppose the one thing I did not think of when creating a garden with so many containers, is the impact the watering would have. If...

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