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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 use herbs #1: Grow your own toiletries

Growing fruit and veg is a wonderful way to reduce your food bill, but with a bit of imagination, you can cut your shopping bill even further. At this time of year, you may well only have herbs to play with, particularly if it’s your first year of gardening, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited […]

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Top ten accessories for gardening in the rain

As Sir Rannulph Fiennes said, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.” And so it is with gardening in the rain. You just need to be prepared. Eschew jeans in favour of looser fitting trousers,  easily peelable leggings, or best of all, waterproof ski-wear (charity shops often have day-glo or otherwise hideous […]

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Gardening in confined spaces #1: Egglings

No matter how small your growing space, these gorgeous egglings will fit, what with being the size of an egg (albeit a duck or possibly goose egg rather than a hen’s egg). The concept is simple. Tap the egg gently to crack the top open and reveal the soil within. Place the eggling on its teracotta […]

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Adventures with microgreens #1: Using up old seeds

If you meant to start gardening last year and bought some herb or vegetable seeds then never got around to planting them; bought seeds only to discover they’re nearing their sell-by-date; or have a glut of seeds of uncertain age for some other reason, don’t think you have to throw them away. I’ve successfully grown seeds […]

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Garden loves #9: Cloud outdoor lighting

I freely admit to being a bit of a dreamer. These gorgeous outdoor lights are a great excuse to have your head in the clouds. Sadly, the price tag means owning them will have to remain a fantasy but, as Captain Sensible sang, “You’ve got to have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, how […]

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