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Recycling in the garden can be tricky to get right. It’s all very well making planters out of teacups and planting strawberries in colander hanging baskets or nailing tin cans to your fence posts, but unless you judge your junk with faultless taste and a steely determination not to overdo the winsome artlessness thing it’s all too easy to end up with a [...]

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You won’t be gardening long before you feel the need for a little electricity. I don’t mean excitement: goodness, there’s quite enough of that what with mouse invasions and that branch falling on my greenhouse roof and stoving in several panes at once. And positive things too, like the gorgeous Ensete ventricosa (deep purple banana) [...]

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As seen at Chelsea: Good ideas

As the bulldozers rumble in and we leave Chelsea for another year (pause for a muffled sob into my hanky): a gallop around some of the many, many little flashes of inspiration I spotted this year. There’s always something that gives you that ‘ooh-must-try-that’ feeling; and of course particularly perfect demonstrations of some technique I’ve [...]

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Edible inspiration #2

We all have some rather odd ideas about growing food to eat. I blame the Victorians, personally. They were a bit fastidious about everything being just so: respectable, and tidy, and keeping up appearances (which is a bit rich, when you come to think about it, considering theirs was also the age of the poor house, [...]

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There I was minding my own business pricking out the Brussels sprouts seedlings I should have planted out about three weeks ago, when my husband turns up with a turfcutter in the back of the car. “Special offer!” he calls out of the window. “Fifty quid for the weekend!” And thus began our Great (and [...]

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