Gardening

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Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Winter gardens can be places of pure fairytale. Dusted with snow or dense frost, the stems and skeletons of many plants look magical in the ice cold light.

Meeting the bees' needs

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For some time, environmentalists and horticulturists have been urging gardeners to let their grass grow a bit longer, leave at least one area of their garden 'wild' and create nooks and crannies in the form of log piles to allow wildlife to flourish.

A Feast of festive gifts for gardeners

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Gifts for the gardeners are everywhere, catering for everyone from armchair enthusiasts to green-fingered gadget lovers. Here are just a few ideas to suit different gardening types.

Beat the winter chill

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We may have had storms and rain, but while the ground's workable, gardeners should make the most of the time they have left to do the jobs which will give them a head start next year.

Ghoulish greenery

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You may be opening your front door to mischievous trick or treaters in ghoulish guises this Halloween, but peep into your back garden and you could also spot some stinking, spiky and poisonous subjects.

Be inspired by autumn walks

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So it's official - a walk to take in the seasonal colours of autumn is good for our wellbeing, according to new research by the National Trust.

Waste Not, Want Not

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In this age of recycling - plastics in one bin, glass in another, garden matter and food waste also being separated - there can be no better time to start your own compost heap.

The right tools for the job

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The leaves are starting to fall, the lawn needs rejuvenating, the beds could do with a tidy-up, and overcrowded plants can be lifted and divided.

Diarmuid's autumn advice

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After a glorious summer at home pottering around his garden in Ireland, green-fingered TV presenter Diarmuid Gavin is now preparing his beds for the cooler months.

Protect Our Pollinators

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We know bees, hoverflies and other beneficial insects provide a welcome sight for gardeners in spring and summer, pollinating our flowers and helping us to reap rich harvests, but these valued species also need plenty of protection in the winter to ensure they return in years to come.

Boost your spring garden with new bulbs

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There's a nip in the air which, to me, signals the end of summer and provides a wake-up call to start planting some spring bulbs to brighten up borders and patios next year.

How to store your surplus

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If you are now inundated with ripe tomatoes, juicy green beans, berries and herbs, don't leave them to go stringy or mouldy because the freezer can go a long way to making your crops last well into winter.

Perk up your patio pots for autumn

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As summer draws to a close and plants in pots start looking tired, it's time to give your containers a fresh new look for autumn and winter.

Ditch the holiday blues

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Gardeners who went on holiday confident that friends and family would water, deadhead and harvest their crops in their absence must be feeling pretty smug.

A shrub for all seasons

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As summer marches on, many perennials are now fading, while annuals continue to colour borders and patios. But savvy gardeners should also be thinking creatively with shrubs which will extend the season and provide colour and structure to the border.

The best summer gardens

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There's no shortage of inspiration when it comes to UK gardens - so if you're staying at home this summer, take a notepad, pen and camera to some of the best in the country.

Don't lose the plot

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This summer, during National Allotments Week, many gardeners will be flying the flag for all those who love their allotments with commemorative events and grow-your-own celebrations.

Don't give your garden a holiday

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There's no reason your garden has to end up looking like a sea of straggly, wilted plants while you're on holiday, even if you don't have neighbours or friends who'll water it while you are away.

Attenborough takes action for butterflies

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Since creating a meadow area in his own back garden three years ago, Sir David Attenborough has enjoyed an influx of wildlife and is this year hoping to see a wide range of butterflies visiting it.

Be waterwise this summer

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We may have had the warmest spring on record, but last winter was also the wettest, so we are a long way from a drought and hosepipe ban.