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How to provide safe water for the birds

As a nation we love feeding the birds. But it’s just as important to ensure they have a safe and reliable source of fresh water says Jean Vernon.

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Summer GYO advice

Martyn Cox shares his advice for peak summer Grow Your Own success to keep your plot productive.

basil pesto with greek basil

Does all basil taste the same?

Vicki Cooke explores the virtues of The king of herbs – basil and offers some expert advice regarding taste and flavour

Growing cosmos for cut flowers

Cosmos are one of the easiest, most rewarding flowers you can grow in your garden. Their simple, open flowers have a friendly, smiley, summery demeanor and can be planted in beds, borders, pots and containers all around your garden with simply stunning results.

Which annuals should I grow?

Debi Holland shares her love of garden annuals and suggests five fabulous annuals to grow in your garden

Woman hand weeding

How to tackle garden weeds

Love it or hate it, weeding the garden is something that needs to be done. Martyn Cox shares his hard earned experience in his new series for beginners.

How can I make gardening a bit easier?

When the aches and pains limit your gardening, it can be disheartening. Debi Holland offers advice on how to keep yourself gardening when faced with restricted mobility

Helleborus niger

The Christmas Rose

Geoff Stebbings extols the virtues of the Christmas rose – Helleborus niger.

Summer bulbs for planting in spring

Getting ready for spring

It may be cold, wet, miserable and depressing outside but there’s still lots you can do outdoors to get your garden ready for spring.

Carex testacea

Five great grasses for containers

You don’t need a grass garden to appreciate the beauty of these useful plants, says Neil Lucas of Knoll Gardens.

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What do I do about autumn leaves?

Whatever your feelings about the autumn tidy up, there is one job that does need getting on with – clearing away all those fallen autumn leaves.

Stachys Byantina

How can I help my garden survive drought and floods?

We can’t control the weather. Our gardens are at the mercy of sun scorched drought and storm drenched floods. Geoff Hodge explains how you can make your garden more weather proof.

Are trees good for the birds?

There is something magical about watching birds feed in your own garden. But it’s not just about putting out bird food. What we grow in our gardens can be a vital lifeline too. As winter approaches there is much we can do to help wildlife get through the cold bleak months.

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How can I save money on plants?

Geoff Hodge shares some hints and tips to make more of your garden plants and save some money by growing something for nothing – or just about!

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How to deal with drought in the garden

Top tips on dealing with drought in the garden in hot weather, including watering advice for lawns, containers, shrubs and trees.

Keep your veg garden productive

With a little care and attention you can keep all your herbs, fruit and vegetables at the peak of perfection, Martyn Cox offers some timely advice

How can I be a better summer gardener?

Late summer can be the best time in our gardens. This year we’ve seen a lot of rain, so growth has been accelerated hugely and as a result there’s still so much to do, but don’t forget to take time out to enjoy your garden too.

How can I garden to save the planet?

Sometimes global issues can make us feel helpless but we can all make changes to our daily routines which multiply up to significant results, says Debi Holland.

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Grow attractive edibles

In his Grow-Your-Own feature Martyn Cox recommends plants that look good and taste great.

How can I garden more naturally?

Jean Vernon suggests a few ways to garden more gently, lessening your impact on the planet and its precious resources

How can I garden on a budget?

If you are stuck at home with little or no income, Debi Holland shares her tips and ideas for increasing your garden blooms without breaking the bank.


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