Gardens and Gardening

Winter drama: an overwatered plant is an unhappy plant

In winter, people tend to spend more time indoors because of the constant bad weather. This might result in increased attention to our indoor plants, and although they like being in the spotlight, plant owners might be showering them with a little too much love. Loving our lush green plants …

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RHS Garden Wisley hails over 100 Champion Trees

The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, is celebrating the news that its flagship RHS Garden Wisley is now home to more than 100 British Champion Trees. RHS Wisley is now one of the country’s top ten destinations to see the nation’s tallest and widest trees as officially …

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Guildford in Bloom 2021 Competition Winners Announced

Guildford in Bloom, in their 40th year, were delighted to be able to hold their annual gardening competition this year after taking the competition online during the pandemic. In line with the increased interest in gardening during lockdown, the entries in all categories were of an extremely high standard, making …

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Gardening for Good Health

Gardens and greenspaces have been hugely important to many people during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many people finding their refuge through gardening. Here we explore some of the health and mental wellbeing benefits of gardening. Stress relief Gardening is a fantastic stress reliever and can cultivate feelings …

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Turn your garden into a pollinator paradise

Our gardens are an increasingly important habitat for wildlife. They are a significant source of food, water and shelter. There are so many amazing creatures just outside our back doors, and every garden, no matter what size, can be a haven for wildlife. You can attract more birds, butterflies, bees …

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Feed the bees this summer – 5 flowers to plant for a bee-friendly garden

Honeybees are wonders of nature. You may see them buzzing happily from flower to flower at this time of year — but that’s just one pollination pitstop, as honeybees can cover an impressive three miles in one trip foraging for sticky nectar! Their hard work doesn’t stop there; a strong …

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Encouraging wildlife in the garden

If you are looking for a cost-effective and low maintenance option to support and encourage all types of wildlife such as frogs, newts, dragonflies and bathing garden birds, it is possible to create a pond using a buried bucket or trough, with stone steps or a wooden ramp for in …

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Our Love Affair for Lawns

We’ve always had a love affair for lawns, in fact some would say that the British are obsessed with their lawn. Large or small, neat or natural, most people want some green space in their back garden. But how best to use your lawn? And how can you keep it …

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Grow your own from seed

The popularity of ‘Grow Your Own’ continues to rise, with 38% of British adults saying that they use their garden or outdoor space such as a balcony or window box to grow their own herbs, fruit and vegetables (according to a YouGov survey for the HTA in 2020). Growing your …

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Creating a Garden for Retirement by Beth Otway

In the garden I am always thinking ahead, whether I’m ordering seed for future sowings, designing a new feature, planning a long-term trial or just thinking about which new plants to grow next year. It is always wise to plan for the future so that you can fulfil all your …

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Beth Otway’s Exciting Vegetables to Grow Now!

I enjoy the excitement felt at this time of year!  By the middle of March, the window of possibility stretches out before us; we have the opportunity to sow seeds of a wide range of great tasting vegetables.  Here are some of the seeds you can sow this month: I …

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Beth Otway’s Gardening Advice

Spring is a magical time.  Cheerful spring flowers brighten our gardens, as we bask in the joy of nature’s promise that there’s so much more to come.  This is such an invigorating and inspiring time, with much to see and do in the garden. It’s easier to pull up weeds …

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