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Flower beds - filling the gaps

High summer can expose some of your planting oversights - so if there are dull spots in your garden, consider filling those spots with colour.

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2nd Jul 2019
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Make the most of fresh herbs this summer

The sun is shining, the barbecue is cranked up. All you need now for perfect summer dining is a selection of fresh herbs to add freshness, flavour and the most wonderful aroma to your cuisine.

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10th Jun 2019
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Scent for all gardening seasons

Gardening expert Maxine Farmer offers her best recommendations to help you design a scented garden.

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3rd Jun 2019
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Marjoram and oregano

You don't need extensive knowledge or a garden to grow your own herbs. Here we look at how to grow two herbs synonymous with 1001 Mediterranean recipes; marjoram and oregano.

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15th May 2019
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Sage advice

Sage is a fragrant and versatile herb - it's also suited to most UK gardens. Put your plot to work this summer and supplement your kitchen with this fresh favourite.

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15th May 2019
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Luscious lavender

Lavender is so evocative of summer; it's a plant with a beautiful scent and intensity of colour - and it is so easy to grow.

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2nd May 2019
Gareth Hargreaves
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The best colours for spring & summer garden planning

In the style of the best fashion reviewer, gardening expert Maxine Farmer shares her favourite colours from this year’s gardening catalogues.

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23rd Apr 2019
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Spring gardening

Organic gardening growing advice for March and April - and how to manage your planting and pets.

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25th Mar 2019
Gareth Hargreaves
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Making & using organic compost

Alan and Joan Gould garden two acres at Woodrising in North Lincolnshire. Here they explain the how to create the perfect organic compost.

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26th Feb 2019
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Garden bird facts

Fascinating facts about some of the feathered friends in your garden.

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12th Feb 2019
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Five tips for helping your lawn survive winter

Simple tips to ensure your lawn is in perfect shape when spring finally arrives.

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6th Feb 2019
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December in the garden

The gardening is virtually done for another year but brave the cold, and save yourself some time in the spring.

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4th Dec 2018
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Autumn sowing in the veggie patch

Spring and early summer are not the only times of the year when we should think about sowing our vegetables.

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4th Oct 2018
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Season of fruitfulness

It's time to harvest and preserve your garden's crops, as well as gathering seeds for next year. We have all the advice gardeners need.

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20th Sep 2018
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Companion planting

Companion planting to keep harmful insects out of gardens is an old practice gleaned from years of experimentation and folklore passed down through generations.

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29th Aug 2018
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While the cat's away

Gardening expert Maxine Farmer explains what happens to your garden when you go on holiday.

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15th Aug 2018
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How to dry flowers

Dried flowers. There are many ways of drying fresh flowers, they look beautiful and bring your summer flower season indoors all year round.

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2nd Aug 2018
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Hosepipe bans and your garden

Maxine Farmer offers advice on how to manage your garden and plants through drought.

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23rd Jul 2018
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Don’t let your holiday ruin your garden

Gardening expert Maxine Farmer gives her top tips on getting the best out of your garden whilst you’re away on holiday.

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18th Jul 2018
Maxine Farmer
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Organic gardening tips

Don't throw away or compost banana skins, roses love them! Just put them straight onto the soil around the base of the rose and let them decompose naturally.

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10th Jul 2018
Rachael Hannan
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Fancy foliage for your garden

Foliage can play an important role in defining the character of your garden. Here are a few pointer to keep your foliage and fillers in tip top condition.

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3rd Jul 2018
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The magic of deep-shaded gardens

Having a large tree casting its shadow across your garden isn’t the end of the world according to expert Maxine Farmer.

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29th Jun 2018
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Natural aphid control

Remove aphids from your plants without using harmful pesticides.

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20th Jun 2018
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Repotting your plant

Summer can prompt an eruption of growth in potted plants, here are some repotting techniques that will ensure your favourites don't wither.

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13th Jun 2018
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8 ways you could be breaking the law in your own garden

Boundary disputes and petty squabbles between neighbours can escalate into stressful legal proceedings. Here are some little known ways you could be breaking the law.

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5th Jun 2018
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10 golden rules for gardening success

Don't be intimidated by your garden. Plan your plot and look forward to beautiful results come summer. Here are 10 tips to help you along the way.

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3rd May 2018
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Herbs, fruit & veg in baskets

Get creative with hanging baskets this summer and swap out lobelia and clematis for lettuce and cherry tomatoes, writes Norman Winter.

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25th Apr 2018
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Go native with your gardens

Gardening expert Maxine Farmer gives her verdict on the best native plants available to brighten up your garden.

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5th Apr 2018
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Top tips to help your garden Spring into life

Chris Allan, the Head Gardener at Auchlochan Garden Village, shares his top tips for bringing life back into your garden this spring.

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23rd Mar 2018
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Saving seeds

Gardeners often have a few extra seeds or seed packs after planting their gardens, and provided they've been stored correctly last year's leftovers are usable today.

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6th Feb 2018
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