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Garden Zones – Rooms in Your Garden

Some people have ‘garden rooms’, this season it’s all about ‘rooms’ in your garden! There is nothing I enjoy more than relaxing in my garden with a few friends and a few drinks(!), and with summer on its way, I’ve been thinking more and more about how I can create zones in my garden to […]

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The life of an indoor gardener

Modern Indoor Gardening A growing trend in recent years has been the advent of indoor gardening. Whether out of necessity due to lack of available outside space or through lack of mobility, indoor gardening offers a viable alternative that delivers much of the same benefits of the outdoor variety. Living in London, lack of space […]

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toadstools

Toadstools in Turf

Toadstools in Turf I’ve more than a passing fascination with fungi  and at this time of year they can be hard to escape – they’re literally popping up everywhere and often causing a lot of distress, especially to those lawn-loving gardeners or when they suddenly appear  in a newly mulched flower border.  So if your […]

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Harvest Apples

Harvest apples Whether you’ve got  one apple tree in a tiny back garden or what amounts to a mini orchard, this is the time of year when you can indulge in one of my (many!) gardening passions – harvesting tree-ripe apples as the early autumn sun warms your back …and then, before you even think […]

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phlox

Enjoy Phlox Paniculata – late flowering show bloom

  Flower of the week from YOUR garden to YOUR table:   12th Sept. – 18th Sept. “One of the most imposing border plants – planted in groups of three or more they are an impressive sight – their beautiful scent and flowers are highly attractive to bees and butterflies and make them a good cut […]

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How to get rid of Leather Jackets – daddy-long-legs larvae

How to get rid of Leather Jackets (The insect not that awful thing your husband bought in the seventies!!) The daddy-long-legs invasion that they’re talking about in the news!!   It’s that time of year again, and my carefully manicured lawn is just full of leather jackets, and the adult crane flies (daddy-long-legs) have started […]

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Sowing Your Winter Radish

Its time to go back to seed sowing – Winter Radishes Its time to sow seeds again. I have been lax in sowing seed during the last few months; and surprisingly now I have had a sudden urge to start again. Most classic radish varieties like Scarlet globe, Sparkler or French Breakfast can still be […]

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jaffa cakes

How to make Jaffa Cakes Great British Bake Off style? First grow your oranges!

How to make Jaffa Cakes Great British Bake Off style? First grow your oranges!   I’m not going to lie; I am already gripped by this year’s Great British Bake Off! The first technical challenge this year was to bake Jaffa Cakes (who else was shouting at their TV when Andrew was confused about how […]

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Urban Gardening

Urban Garden ideas – Is it a fad?

Urban Garden ideas – Is it a fad?   Living in a city like London, means that space is at a premium, especially outside space. As a freelance journalist, much of my time is spent at home, researching and writing, for various media agencies and specific newspapers. Recently I was asked to research the trend […]

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