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winter sowing

There’s a joke doing the rounds on Facebook at the moment that the short, dark days of winter cause gardeners to suffer from SAD - not the Seasonal Affective Disorder that blights so many, but Seed Acquisition Disorder. It’s funny because it’s true - barely are the Christmas dishes cleared from the table than it is spread with seed catalogues to start planning the new season’s crops.

by Emma Cooper in Gardening - 27 January 2015


Keeping a Garden Diary

Do you keep a garden diary? I do. That probably sounds much grander than the reality. I started with a scribbled notebook and I soon discovered I was in good company when I volunteered to sort through the archives at National Trust HQ.

by Michelle Chapman in Gardening - 26 January 2015


A Touch of the Tropics

An odd feeling takes over me at this time of year now that the distraction of Christmas is over. I start to feel restless. There’s a craving for light, for colour and for life. There are signs - the fat green fingers of bulbs tentatively pushing through the soil, early snowdrops and the occasional brave, or foolhardy, 

by Louise Curley in Gardening - 12 January 2015


Three Books Suitable for Greenhouse Owners

Books are a gift which if chosen with care and thought for the recipient are bound to delight. The list suitable for greenhouse owners may be smaller than most gardening categories, but here follows a selection of three tried and trusted guides, which are of interest for a beginner or seasoned grower alike.

by Michelle Chapman in Gardening - 8 December 2014


Trees For Your Garden

I’m seeing the last hurrah of autumn and the trees in my garden are definitely going out in a blaze of glory this year. If your garden is in need of some autumn colour, now’s the ideal time to consider ordering a bare rooted tree or two for planting during the dormant season. Your garden will thank you for it next year.

by Michelle Chapman in Gardening - 12 November 2014