Gardening

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Biological warfare against pests

Those of us who yearn to ditch the blue pellets and quick-fix chemical sprays in favour of more eco-friendly garden pest controls, should perhaps be taking a biological approach.

Make outdoor space a fun place

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So you've bought them the junior gardening gloves, mini-forks and little wheelbarrows to get your kids in the mood for gardening - but when all the planting's done, what's next?

Holiday maintenance

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If you're away for a fortnight in the summer holidays and don't want to return to bedraggled borders, dried-out pots and a lawn which looks like straw, take action now.

Slug it out

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The explosion in the slug population predicted by wildlife experts earlier this year has been painfully evident in my garden, as the slimy critters have munched their way through beds, borders and container plants.

Barking up the right tree

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Award-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes has three dogs - two Spaniels, Honey and Arthur and a Japanese Chin called Nina - none of whom have yet trashed his beautiful garden in the Cotswolds.

Time to climb

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Do you have a tall space you'd like to fill with fragrant blooms? Or perhaps an eyesore you want to mask?

Growing trend in prisons

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For some time now we've all known that gardening is among the best pastimes for both physical and mental wellbeing - but it's also being used to help rehabilitate prisoners and give them hope for the future.

Showcasing new trends

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Subtle planting, soft blue, gentle pinks and white palettes, plus a focus on naturalistic designs and a strong health and wellbeing message formed a big part of Chelsea Flower Show this year.

High season for open gardens

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With the prospect of warmer weather and beautiful blooms, many people will be making the most of the National Gardens Scheme festival weekend on June 4 and 5.

Titchmarsh champions pots for pollinators

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In his Hampshire garden, green-fingered guru Alan Titchmarsh has swathes of butterfly and bee-friendly plants - from buddleia and verbena to catmint, cosmos and coneflower.

Guide to Chelsea show stoppers

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The countdown is on - and if you haven't managed to grab a ticket you can watch all that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has to offer from your armchair, even before it starts.

Spruce up your garden for sale

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Spring is a good time to sell your home. The weather is improving, people aren't yet going away on their summer holidays and the garden is bursting into life.

Baskets of beauty

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You can buy hanging baskets pretty cheaply these days from garden centres, but the choice of colour and plant is often limited, so it's much more satisfying to do it yourself.

Young guns of gardening

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Anyone who thinks gardening is strictly for people of a certain age, think again. A growing stream of young talent is now making its way into major shows and hitting the headlines in horticultural competitions.

Plan your own royal garden party

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It may be a little chilly to indulge in an outdoor party on the Queen's actual 90th birthday on April 21, but come June - the month of her official birthday - the garden should be ready for a right royal knees-up.

Garden your way to good health

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While so many of us pound away in the gym in our efforts to keep fit, burn calories and lose a few pounds, remember there is a great outdoor arena in your garden which can help you do just that.

Stamp out green-fingered theft

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We may not have rare plants in our gardens that are worth a fortune on the black market, but our ornaments, costly containers and mature trees would cost a lot to replace.

The lowdown on lawnmowers

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There are so many lawnmowers on the market these days - rotary and cylinder, corded electric, cordless petrol, battery-powered and state-of-the-art robotic types. But which one is right for your budget, and right for your lawn?

Make spring gardening child's play

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The Easter holidays are upon us and there's no better time than spring to engage the kids with gardening projects, or take them to outdoor places which will both inspire and delight them.

Boost your plant stock by layering

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There are some plants that just don't do very well with traditional propagation from cuttings - rhododendrons, camellias, honeysuckles and daphnes are just a few