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What is the best Christmas tree?

When it comes to buying your real Christmas tree, make it the best you...

Five ways to feed the birds

Feeding the birds brings your garden alive, adding a delightful, animated and colourful dimension...

Winter edibles to grow and pick now

As the garden starts to slow, there are still plenty of edibles to pick,...

Bats in the garden

Don’t be scared, bats in the garden are a blessing not a curse. These...

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Burghley House through the seasons

Burghley House in Stamford is a great place to visit with children. Kids will enjoy a day out, running around in the acres of parkland, or perhaps having a splash about in the Gardens of Surprise.

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Leaf cutter bee

Leaf cutter bees may leave unsightly holes in leaves as the cut small semi-circles to seal in their eggs; but these excellent pollinators are a true gardener’s friend.

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Love lavender in the garden

For a plant of true garden merit look no further than the humble lavender plant. It’s a triple action plant, offering healing powers, culinary applications and it looks great in the garden too.

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Garden plants for free

It’s easy to get more plants in your garden for free. Jean Vernon picks out five of her favourite self-seeding plants; ones that will perform well every year, but also make more plants year after year.

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The Chelsea Tinge

Chelsea Flower Show is not the centre of the universe, but for one week a year it becomes the pinnacle of all that is great in gardening and horticulture. Having had the privilege to be there, here are a few...

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New plants at Chelsea 2015

This year there’s something for everyone in terms of new plants at Chelsea – climbers and plants for the patio are especially prominent. Graham Rice picks his top five.

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Shake up at RHS Chelsea

Alan Gardner, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, is set to shake up the gardening establishment by exhibiting a show garden at Chelsea Flower Show for the first time – as well as starring in his own Channel 4...

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Decoupage lanterns

Add some light to your garden with these funky decoupage glass jar lanterns. They’re so easy to make, perfect for kids and adults.

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Caterpillar seed head

This simple craft idea using an egg carton, pipe cleaners and googly eyes will get kids growing in no time at all and is a great way to learn all about seeds.

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Growing roses

Rose expert, Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses, offers his advice to getting the best from your your roses and picks five all-time favourites.

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QVC exclusive: Whetman Pinks

Be one of the first gardeners in the world to grow the giant-flowered ‘Cocktail’ garden pinks (Dainthus). Launching exclusively on Richard Jackson’s Garden Show on QVC on Bank Holiday Monday (4 May).

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Grow nasturtiums

Nasturtiums reward you in many ways, with edible leaves, flowers and seeds and best of all, they are easy to grow from seed.

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Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are the gardeners’ friend, they are now in serious decline and need all the help that we can give them. As the weather warms up our prickly garden friends emerge from hibernation.

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