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Using Plug Plants to Create a Beautiful Hanging Basket

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When spring comes around, you should be thinking about preparing your hanging baskets for some summer colour. Plug Plants are perfect for this, as they work out cheaper to buy than traditional summer bedding plants, and you have a much… Continue Reading →

Guardian grows competition  share your most original places to grow plants

Do you grow plants in unusual places? We’d like to hear from you! Enter the Guardian Grows competition and inspire us with your most inventive means of planting. Whether you’re growing flowers in upcycled wellies or vegetables in an old… Continue Reading →

Chelsea Discoveries

The Discovery Zone at Chelsea has really upped its game with stands that intrigue and inform. Shallow person that I am, I was attracted by the zinc planters on the Rothamsted Research Centre stand (I wasn’t alone, apparently several people… Continue Reading →

Edging: it’s a facelift for your lawn

A well-edged lawn makes the grass looks kempt and well-loved. Photograph: Stephen Sykes /Alamy Every now and then I like to indulge my inner Hyacinth Bucket and edge my lawn. This is one of those faintly ridiculous pastimes, something akin… Continue Reading →

How to be a Show Critic

Back before he was famous, important, an RHS worthy – and made silly films with Joe Swift and Cleve West as part of Three Men went to Mow – James Alexander Sinclair and I used to have a very jolly… Continue Reading →

Gorilla (as opposed to Guerilla) Gardening

To my great joy I have finally found a product that fixes broken terracotta really effectively. Gorilla Glue is an American product that claims to mend just about anything – including metal, stone, ceramic and wood – so I thought… Continue Reading →

Sausage vines – a scent that sizzles

The flowers of Holboellia brachyandra smell of cantaloupe melon. Photograph: Robbie Blackhall-Miles I found myself in a polytunnel recently, sorting out the climbing plants for Sophie Walker’s Cave Pavilion, one of the fresh gardens at this year’s RHS Chelsea flower… Continue Reading →

Gardening for free for ever

Kim Stoddart’s kale plants are already starting to set seed. Photograph: Kim Stoddart When I first started this blog I imagined there would be a few small sacrifices to make along the way. I was confident I could learn to make,… Continue Reading →

Up and Away – from the Slugs and Snails

There is no point in growing salads at ground level in our garden – they disappear overnight as platoons of slugs and snails emerge from their hiding places in walls and terraces to feast on my efforts. Rather than spend… Continue Reading →

Gardening for free forever

Kim Stoddart’s kale plants are already starting to set seed. Photograph: Kim Stoddart When I first started this blog I imagined there would be a few small sacrifices to make along the way. I was confident I could learn to make,… Continue Reading →

Airy Beauties

Cleve West’s Paradise garden had two distinct areas of planting, both equally wonderful, but I was particularly taken by the area at the front where the plants emerged from a dry bed in a way that was reminiscent of the… Continue Reading →

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