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Growing kids

Your garden can be a great place for kids to learn  **Tussie-mussie garden **Little girls love creating and presenting tussie-mussies or little bouquets of freshly picked flowers – and teachers love receiving them too. Flowers are uplifting and they’re great for decorating bare classrooms at the beginning of the year. To grow a tussie-mussie garden, […]
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Breaking new ground

Breaking new ground

Make the world a better place with these smart ideas for a sustainable garden **Produce your own honey… **The steady decline of wild beehives due to varroa mite means that urban hives are now an extremely important element in the wellbeing and sustainability of our ecosystem. If this idea appeals, start by researching the National […]
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Back to basics

Back to basics

Just like a good building, a garden needs solid structure, too Winter bares all outdoors, leaving only the “bones” of your garden to see, so it’s a great time to critique your garden to see if it measures up. Structure comprises the “hard landscaping” or man-made elements of a garden, such as walls, floors and […]
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Fair-weather friends

Fair-weather friends

Every time I visit cool-climate gardens, I drool over all the treasures I can’t grow in the humid north. I’ve tried several of them: they usually grow and flower for the first year or two, then mysteriously disappear. Conversely, I’m guessing cool-climate gardeners would love to grow some of our exotic warmclimate treasures – so […]
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For the masses

For the masses

oass planting doesn’t have to be boring – add interest with a variety of textures, colours and heights oinimalist, modern or low maintenance – whatever term you use to describe gardens planted out with only a few varieties of plant, they are often considered just plain boring. But as my children grow older, life gets […]
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The cold war

The cold war

Finding it hard to venture outside this winter? Here’s a range of plants that will tempt you out into the garden I have a fervent dislike of being cold. So much so that, in winter, I have to force myself away from the refuge of a cosy chair and into the garden. But once there […]
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Winter garden diary

Winter garden diary

The ultimate seasonal guide to caring for your winter garden **Tidying up **Digging is great exercise and a good way to keep warm outdoors. The problem is that digging wet soil destroys its structure and walking on wet ground compacts soil making it difficult to dig later on. Can’t win really! However there are plenty […]
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Greener fingers

Greener fingers

Greenhouse gas emissions”, “reduce, reuse, recycle”, “lessen carbon footprint”, “sustainable cropping”, “food miles” – these recently coined catch-phrases have come about for one reason only, our planet is suffering. Fighting this mammoth issue requires a concerted global response. Each and every one of us can make a small difference, starting in our own backyards. **oaking […]
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An indoor paradise

An indoor paradise

Discover the magic of a conservatory in mid-winter There’s nothing quite as warming as relaxing in a conservatory, soaking up the sun on a cool winter’s day. Add some plants and you can take a virtual trip to the tropics. Who needs Fiji! The trick is not to crowd your plants and remember that things […]
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A work of art

A work of art

Huguette oichel-Fleurie’s gorgeous Blenheim garden was inspired by French impressionist paintings It’s almost a decade since Huguette oichel-Fleurié and her husband Georges fell in love with their property situated on the outskirts of Blenheim. Huguette exclaims, “We were stunned by the spring-fed stream flowing just in front of the house. Its clarity was amazing and […]
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