Gardening

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High season for open gardens

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.

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

Jekka's herbal path to happiness

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Award-winning herb grower and RHS ambassador Jekka McVicar comes from an era when you really didn't go to the doctor unless you were seriously ill.

Make it personal on Mother's Day

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There are many gifts for gardeners on Mother's Day - but personalising them can make all the difference. Whether you want a gift monogrammed or inscribed, or even want to find a plant named after your mum, there are plenty of gifts to choose from.

Get ahead in the greenhouse

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Make the most of the first sunny day to give your greenhouse a good clean if you plan to start sowing seeds soon.

300 years of a very capable gardener

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He is said to be to landscaping what Turner is to painting, and Wordsworth to poetry. And the legacy of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown remains for us all to see in immense parkland and gardens, both at home and abroad.

Love grows on Valentine's Day

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So, what to get your green-fingered loved one on Valentine's Day? Of course, the classic gift is a dozen red roses, but there are many more tokens which will last much longer...

When the chips are down...

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If you're already 'chitting' your seed potatoes and waiting for those valuable shoots to appear on the tubers before planting out, be aware that this process may be the least of your worries.

Take a garden break

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Garden enthusiasts wanting to broaden their horticultural horizons can now travel the world for inspiration, as companies offer holidays which take in everything from gourmet gardens to flower and fruit festivals, plant collections, ecological insights, alpine attractions and botanical wonders.

Tasty treats to boost bird numbers

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Have you noticed that your bird feeders are still full? This may be because the mild winter has provided plenty of natural food for birds, who may be a bit later than usual in arriving in your garden in search of tasty morsels.

Doing what comes naturally

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As the trend towards naturalistic gardens continues this year, tidy gardeners with pristine plots may need to chill out a bit if they want to really contribute to the balance of nature.

Gardening trends for the New Year

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As we plan for new beds, borders, patio plantings and hard landscaping, it's a good time to find out what followers of fashion will be doing to their gardens in the New Year.

Garden experts turn over a new leaf for 2016

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If your New Year resolution involves spending more time in your garden, whether working in it or enjoying some valuable downtime, you're not alone. These popular garden experts have big plans for 2016...

Top of the festive pots

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The poinsettia has historically been the time-honoured Christmas favourite - but figures suggest it may be falling out of favour.

Festive books for gardeners

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As you sit by the fire enjoying your glass of mulled wine and mince pie, now's a good time to start planning your garden for next year - and there are plenty of ideas out there in books.