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GARDENING

  • New Year, New Garden

    Your outside space looking less than wonderful? This is the time to come up with a plan - so read our five tips to jazz up that garden!

  • Gardening for Dummies

    Sow, mow, rake! Easy tips to keep your garden in shape throughout October - no experience required...

  • Pick up a trowel and let’s get happy

    Toby Buckland's September gardening tips: short snippy whajamacallits and long lopper thingamajigs at the ready...

  • The bees knees

    Invite the bees in your garden to check into one of these cleverly designed bee hotels (I've stayed in less stylish places)

  • Joe Swift in the garden

    TV presenter, author and gardener Joe Swift is coming to Somerset to reveal how a guitar strumming yoof became one of the UK's top garden designers (and maker of superb meringues). That's in his one man show 'A man about the garden'.I asked him what I should be doing in my own terribly overgrown garden at this time of year.

  • Cheerie chairs

    Sit down in one of these fabby, not shabby, chic deckchairs up-cycled in Wells, then chill out and sip that long, cool glass of Pimms ...

  • 5 jobs in the garden in July

    This month’s gardening tips come from Claire Greenslade, head gardener at Hestercombe in Cheddon Fitzpaine, just outside Taunton. A visit to Hestercombe is a crash course in the history of garden design: there’s an 18th century landscape garden (Gothic folly, classical temple, waterfall), a Victorian terrace with tree roses straight from pages of Alice in […]

  • April’s must-do garden jobs

    April’s list of essential gardening jobs come from Jess Evans, who heads up the team at the small but perfectly formed National Trust’s Tintinhull Garden just outside Yeovil. There’s a beautiful 17th century hamstone manor house (closed to the public except for two small rooms, although you can rent the whole house as a holiday […]

    • If you only do 5 things in the garden this march….

      I’m not the kind of gardener to tend the soil in freezing December, or do some magnificently forward-planning pruning. But when the daffs come out and the stilettos  no longer sink into the grass like it’s quicksand, I tip toe out in the garden with my spade, hoe and rake, place them neatly in a […]

    • Tips for instant colour in a February garden

      Sadly, this is not my garden. I forgot to put my garden to bed at the end of last year and it’s in a bit of a sorry state now: a jungle of dead stalks, a thick layer of leaves turning to mulch (but that’s good, right?) and a few green shoots (could they be […]

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