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Edible Hanging Baskets

If you’re short on space and are looking for an easy way to increase your gardening yield, hanging baskets are the way forward. They can be hung outdoors or indoors. Just bear in mind that you’ll get drips on the surface underneath them when you water them. Bathrooms and kitchen windowsills are good places to […]

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How to attract birds #1: Get a bird bath

OK, it’s not exactly bird-bath season as there’s a fair bit of rain around (birds need baths mostly in the winter when everything’s frozen and in the summer when it’s really dry), but this stained glass birdbath is so pretty that I couldn’t resist posting it. There are many other gorgeous birdbaths in the Gloria’s Glass […]

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How to make a greenhouse for free

A greenhouse is a useful thing. It helps you harden off your tomatoes and other veg with ease; it allows you to grow things that you might otherwise not be able to in the UK climate; and it acts as a brilliant slug defence. However, greenhouses can also be expensive. Luckily, discovering ManMadeDIY on Twitter […]

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How to harden off plants (and tickle tomatoes)

  One of the joys of sunny days is that they call you out into the garden even when you’ve got proper grown-up things to do (which is why gardening and freelance writing work so well together, because you can garden by day and write stuff to pay the bills by night).  I decided to […]

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Garden loves #8: Alice in Wonderland parasol

This gorgeous garden parasol featured in Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland, and would add a touch of Englich eccentricism to any garden. Sadly, at £199 it’s not going to be gracing my garden any time soon but if you can afford the luxury, enjoy sipping G&T under its elegant protection.

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Spring into action

Spring is, fairly obviously, the time when most gardening kicks off. If you’re gardening outdoors, late February and March are about digging the soil, mixing it with manure, compost or whatever else you need to make it fertile, chopping back any annoying plants, getting your seedlings in and ‘chitting’ your potatoes (of which more at […]

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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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