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How to create a wildlife-friendly garden

If you’re stuck for garden ideas, one way to spruce up your outdoor space while giving back to nature is by attracting wildlife. Not only will it help the plants and animals, but it will also give you a garden full of interesting species.

Don’t worry - you don’t need Noah’s ark or a Pied Piper to attract wildlife – here are some easy ways to nurture the natural world with your...

Winter gardening is becoming more popular

Brits flex their green fingers despite the winter weather

The trend for winter gardening is on the increase, says home and garden retailer Homebase, despite the cold weather and some part of the country experiencing snow.

The retailer has seen a 12 per cent rise in customers searching for gardening jobs, tips, and products on its website in the last two weeks compared to the same time last year[i], despite some parts of the country being...

Half of Brits are making home improvements this year

43% Brits set to upgrade Garden following home improvement

2021 is set to be a year of transformations for British homes, with more than half of Brits (59%) claiming they will be making home improvements, with the average spend at £6,531 per household. Decorating is revealed as the top home improvement (69%), with grey being named as 2021’s colour of choice, followed by cream and blue, according to new research by Attic Self Storage .

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A guide to garden makeovers for lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen many of us literally locked into our homes and unable to move freely beyond our home turf, which has been a shock to the system even if the weather has been kind enough to let us out into the garden. Even before the pandemic hit, the trend for making the most of our home and outdoor space has been steadily climbing but recent times have seen many of us take...

Fruit and veg allotment

How to keep your crops fruiting throughout summer

Veg growing can be endlessly rewarding, but this spring, there was a huge increase in people ripping out their lawns to build veg beds, and adapting their windowsills into mini-greenhouses for the first time.

Lockdown turned many of us into fledgling gardeners, and now those hopeful seeds planted during a crisis, are growing up – and nothing quite beats your first homegrown courgette...

Plants for pots in garden

Ten of the best plants for pots

Patio plants come into their own in summer, adding wow factor to your outdoor space even on the smallest balcony or in the tiniest courtyard.

“Think of container gardening as the art of choreographing individuals into a joyous composition,” says broadcaster and multi award-winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw, best known for his regular appearances on BBC Gardeners’ World....

Dried Flowers hanging on wall

How to dry home-grown blooms

Gardeners may be looking for new ways to make the most of their fruit and flowers this year – and dried flowers are once again catching on. Head-dresses, gift cards, wreaths and framed indoor displays can all be made using dried flowers you’ve grown yourself.

Floral artist Bex Partridge, author of a new book, Everlastings, explains: “Most of us have probably done this at some point...

Man in garden

Eight ways your garden can make you feel better during lockdown

There’s never been a better time to have a garden, as outdoor space means you can at least enjoy some fresh air and greenery while staying at home during lockdown.

And the benefits don’t just apply to avid gardeners – new research shows spending time in the garden may be beneficial for overall health and psychological wellbeing, whether you’re gardening or just relaxing.

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Mark Lane in the garden

How to spruce up your garden in just 30 minutes

Even if you only have half an hour in the garden, you can still spruce up your plot – so says BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Mark Lane.

He’s supporting The Great British Garden Spruce Up, an initiative by Jeyes to coincide with National Gardening Week, to try to get the public to keep a daily gardening diary and spruce up their plots in preparation for summer.

“It’s...

How to brighten your garden with berries and feed the birds at the same time

As autumn leaves fall and the days become shorter, many gardens are plunged into gloom.

One saving grace is berries – from reds and oranges to blacks – which brighten up the often colour-free winter garden, and provide vital food for birds. Many of them stand bold against evergreen leaves, providing an impressive display of contrast.

Rosehips last through winter

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