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All about marigolds

Marigold means ‘golden flower’ and these delightful annuals will gleam and dazzle in pots and borders all summer. Easy to grow and care for, marigolds attract beneficial insects, and they’re also great at pest control.

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Bring some natural inspiration into your home

Create calm and peace and bring some natural inspiration into the home with touches of wood and accessories into your relaxing rooms. It is always lovely to come home and be able to relax after a day at work, so adding in touches of nature can add to the feeling of calm and relaxation. Create this look by combining accessories in natural materials. These ideas will help to get you started. 

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Flower of the month: Chrysanthemum

The Chrysanthemum has been grown for a long time as cut flowers, they fill the garden with colour when little else is blooming and re now available in so many varieties, colours and shapes that we wonder if they are about to have their moment. Dahlias have been the Queen of the cut flower patch for many years but with a resurgence in homegrown cut flowers, the humble Chrysthanthemum is about to take the front stage to fill the borders later in the year.

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15 x gardening tips for February

Take a moment this month to look around, and you can see the garden coming back to life in front of your eyes. Snowdrops flower, clumps of grey-green daffodil leaves poke above the ground and the air is alive with birdsong. Spring’s definitely on its way! Get a head start on the garden this year with our top gardening tips.

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How to care for a Christmas cactus

In the middle of winter, the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi) bursts into flower, a splash of vibrant colour to reassure us that spring will come again. This exotic but easy-to-grow houseplant is the perfect way to add a touch of the tropics to your home.

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8 x hardy plants for winter

Beat the cold weather with our top 8 hardy plants for winter and continue to have colour and interest with evergreen foliage and flowers in your garden all year.

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Taking care of your vegetable garden in winter

When the autumn harvest is over, it can feel as though vegetable gardening is over for the year, but it doesn’t have to be this way. With time to spare, now’s your chance to plan ahead for a bumper crop. 

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Garden plants of the moment: delphiniums, lobelia and snaps

In the middle of winter, it’s hard to imagine flowers blooming, but if you sow annuals indoors now, you’ll have more than enough to fill your borders with colour in summer. For easy annuals to grow from seed this winter, you can’t go far wrong these three.

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Happy Veganuary!

January means it’s Veganuary so we have put together a vegan garden guide to help you not just consider your diet and lifestyle but also what you do in the garden or on the allotment. Veganic gardening is about gardening without the use of not just chemicals but also no animal products either. If you take on the Veganuary challenge why not read on to see how to garden vegan as well. 

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DIY Ideas: Recycling the Christmas tree

We have put together some crafty ideas for recycling the Christmas tree to help you not only reuse your tree but to also make it easier for you when taking down the decorations after the 12 days of Christmas. When the festivities are over, it can sometimes be hard to find options for the Christmas tree that once stood in your home full of baubles and tinsel but with these ideas, not only will you have a fun crafty January but they will also make good use of your Christmas tree. 

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