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Grow your own cocktails #5: Bloom Bellini

The weather may be chilly but you can still evoke a hint of summer with this delucious cocktail. Bloom Gin is a gorgeous gin with chamomile and honeysuckle botanicals. It’s floral, delicious, and a great accompaniment to fizz. Bloom Bellini Ingredients 1 shot BLOOM gin ½ shot pear juice Topped up with chilled prosecco  Shake pear juice […]

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How to attract birds #2: Feed them (bird hamper to be won)

Winter may be over but that doesn’t mean that birds don’t need feeding. According to Bill Oddie, birds need energy for the breeding season, particularly given the increasing urbanisation of wild birds. He’s created a range of bird food recipes alon g with a website and Youtube channel to help answer common bird feeding questions. He […]

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Gardening competitions: Win a gardening holiday, luxury food and more

  Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg magazine has got some fantastic competitions at the moment, with prizes including an irrigation system, a ladder allotment (pictured) and an English Heritage gardening holidayfor 2-8 people (complete with hamper of local produce). Robert Dyas is offering £200 garden furniture comprising table, chairs, parasol and cushions. You could also win a luxury meat hamper courtesy […]

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How to grow tall sunflowers (win free seeds and organic food)

Abel and Cole is currently giving away free sunflower seeds, with an added prize of organic food goodies for the person who grows the tallest sunflower from their packet of seeds. To improve your chances of winning, Groweatgift presents top ten tips for growing tall sunflowers. 1 As the name suggests, sunflowers like the sun rather […]

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Grow, cook, win

      This lovely competition idea on wegrowourown.co.uk requires entrants to produce a dish from seasonal ingredients then submit photographic proof of their efforts along with the recipe, in order to win as-yet-unnamed food prizes. If I wasn’t travelling, I’d so be entering because it’s such a lovely idea and free food is always good, but sadly […]

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Creative urban gardening and competitions

One of the joys of urban gardening is that it encourages creativity. PrettyJumbledThoughts has found some fab ideas for container gardening – I love the hydroponic wine-glass basil and the velocity planters that allow you to grow plants upside-down (available from urban-allotments.com in the UK) and the San Pellegrino cans repurposed as plant pots are a […]

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Garden bargains galore (and free wine)

One of the joys of gardening is all the lovely shopping opportunities it opens up (yes, I do tend to make as much as I can for the garden because it’s more eco and there’s something rather joyful about repurposing things you’d otherwise throw away, but garden centres hold a mystical allure. Maybe it’s because […]

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