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Grow your own cocktails #7: Bolshoi Basil

  Basil may not be the first herb that springs to mind when you think about cocktails but this sophisticated drink is surprisingly summery and delicious. Bolshoi Basil   40ml Russian Standard Vodka 30ml French Lime Juice 3 Fresh basil sprigs 2 tsp. Sugar Soda water   Muddle the basil and sugar in a high […]

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Gardening for late starters #2

If you’ve always fancied giving gardening a go but haven’t got round to it quite yet, it’s not too late to start this year. Just follow groweatgift’s guide to gardening for late starters. Don’t panic too much about germination time. If you have a greenhouse (or warm windowsill), you can still start tomatoes off now, particularly […]

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Garden Gnome Silhouettes: Creepy or chic?

Urban Allotments are always first to pick up on gorgeous garden design. These new additions to their site are certainly eye-catching. But are they too reminiscent of a Steven Moffat Dr Who episode to make a cute addition to the garden? Or, indeed, are all garden gnomes just plain wrong?

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Grow your own mushrooms

  I was recently lucky enough to go to the Grow Your Own Show courtesy of Cono Sur wine. One of my favourite stands there (excluding the ones with lambs to cuddle) was Woodfruit’s mushroom growing stand. The lovely Adam clearly knows more about mushrooms than your average man, and shares his knowledge freely, and […]

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Free virtual scrapbook helps garden design

The best things in life are free, or so they say. Marshall’s has proved this theory true by giving away free garden design software, so that you can create a scrapbook and virtually play with the way that your garden looks. It’s a cute idea, not least because you can share your designs and get input […]

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Gardening for late starters #1

   If you like the idea of growing your own fruit and veg but still haven’t quite managed to get started, never fear. It’s not too late to get your garden in this year: you just need to start with seedlings and plugs rather than seeds (which is a little pricier but saves a lot […]

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Top ten quirky wellies for gardeners

Wellies have become a standard part of festival-goers’ luggage in recent years. As such, wellington boots have had a makeover and gardeners don’t have to stick to classic green boots any more (I do have to confess to having a penchant for the green wellies with frog eyes but that’s a childhood aspiration that was never satisfied, […]

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