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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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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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Windowbox Wonders

Getting a windowbox set up is easy. You need: A container. This could be a traditional windowbox or you could opt for something a bit quirkier. I like to match the plant to the container, for example growing camomile in a vintage teapot; strawberries in large; stemmed glass bowls; salad in a salad bowl; or mint in […]

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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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