Margaret Harvey

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Grow Your Own Spuds. Plant a Potato Barrel This Week.

Growing potatoes in a potato barrel, a 50-gallon trash can or a whiskey barrel makes sense. Soil is easily added, potatoes are quickly planted, …

Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade

For many gardeners, the optimum conditions most vegetables prefer — eight to 10 hours of full sun — just aren’t possible. Whether it’s from trees or …

Vertical Veg man: six of the best edible flowers

There’s something rather special about serving up a salad sprinkled with edible flowers. Not only are they beautiful and uplifting, singing of summer, they are either impossible to buy in food shops or wickedly expensive if you do find them. They make a beautiful and unusual present: a flower …

Composting: Are You Obsessed?

Is an obsession with composting a peculiarly male trait? I can’t imagine a woman thinking, “I must go out and cover the compost” when it starts to …

17 Out Of This World Things To Do With Pallets In The Garden

Creating your dream garden doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming either. With these 17 amazing ideas you can create everything from outdoor …

Build a Hydroponic Standing Herb Garden

We've shown you how to make a hanging garden with a shoe organizer, but Matthew Budram's design takes hanging gardens to the next level. This setup …

Gardening

Grow a Garden of Succulents for Easy Beauty

Succulents are every gardener’s dream. They offer something for everyone, from the person who has yet to keep a plant alive, to the homeowner looking …

DIY: Modern Mothballs (No Chemicals Included)

Summertime shouldn’t be synonymous with the pungent smell of mothballs, but for anyone lucky enough to have a summer house, it too often is. People …

Ten Water Saving Tips for Your Garden

<b>Are you struggling to keep a garden alive in a dry climate? On water restrictions? Have limited access to water?</b> Want to save time and money? I know …

Gardening

Tower of Herbs

Don't miss out on fresh herbs (or pay a lot for them at the market) just because you don't have a big yard. Situate this compact herb garden in a sunny spot near the kitchen door for easy snipping.

Gardening

Gardens: taking cuttings

Last year, on a memorable evening, a friend took us to see a house in the woods. She said the place was worth visiting for the atmosphere. It was high summer and the grass was tall in the middle of a rough track across the fields, so we ditched the car and walked the last half mile. At the end of …

Gardens: winter salads

If you took up my summer of salads challenge earlier this year, I hope you're enjoying a good harvest and didn't end up with more slugs than salads. Even if most of your lettuce got munched, don't give up: it's worth sowing some now, for harvesting this autumn and winter.<p>Salads that do well in cold …

Alys Fowler: how I keep on top of slugs

I sow and the slugs mow. I sow and the slugs mow. I sow and the slugs mow. I sow and the slugs are busy mowing down the last row.<p>In my quest to be at one with slugs, I have got to the base of the mountain and it looks insurmountable. They seem to ooze out of every pore of this garden: it is the …

Attract Dragonflies to Your Yard for All-Natural Pest Control

Creating a pond that attracts dragonflies is like having your own team of live-in exterminators.<p><b>Dragonflies are ideal hunting machines.</b> More than 80 percent of their brain is used for processing visual information, and it is believed that some species can see objects up to 30 feet away and detect …

Insects

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping reaches an audience of 30+ million each month. In addition to the magazine brand, the Good Housekeeping Institute is the consumer …

Housekeeping

Become a vegetable growing pro in no time with this handy cheat sheet.

Not long ago, my daily life was in really bad shape. I was sleeping anywhere between 3am to 6am on average, and on the really bad days I wouldn’t …

9 Creative Composting Ideas From Across the Country

Composting is a truly democratic method of recycling, doable no matter where you live and what size your home is. Exactly how you compost will vary depending on your state's regulations, climate and amount of rainfall. Here are 9 creative home solutions from composters across the country (and one …

12 Organic Ways to Keep Your Garden Free of Slugs

Slugs are classified as gastropods, which makes them a little different from the usual suspects in a garden. They thrive in places of high moisture …

9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

It seems like the DIY world has been finding all sorts of new and interesting ways to use mason jars for projects, and we’re no exception. There are …

Gardening Solutions for Dry, Sandy Soils

One of the benefits of gardening with sandy soil is that it’s easy to dig and till, making transplanting easy. However, dry, sandy soil does not hold …

Gardening Solutions for Heavy Clay Soils

Gardening with clay soils can be backbreaking work. I know because I’ve gardened in heavy clay soils before. I will spare you my stories of sore …

How to grow your own wedding flowers

Let's face it – weddings are rather expensive things. Someone quoted me £20k as the average figure recently, and blimey, I can well believe it. I got married in June, and while we invested in the major things, like caterers and a marquee, there was no way I could write out a huge cheque for our …

Roses expert Rosebie Morton on growing roses at her Hampshire home

The gardens of her childhood prompted Rosebie Morton to start producing highly scented roses for the cut-flower market. What began as a small business has flourished into a way of life<p>Deep in the Hampshire countryside between Winchester and Petersfield, just past Hinton Ampner, a National Trust …

How to help British butterflies have a ball

Even our urban window boxes can give butterflies a helping hand, Sir David Attenborough tells Laura Silverman<p>Sir David Attenborough has been having trouble with one of his plants: its leaves are full of holes. “I went down to my garden a few days ago,” he says, “and thought, 'What’s eating my …

Government: take five simple steps to help bees

Environment Department urges people to help protect the struggling British bee population<p>The public are being urged by the Environment Department (Defra) to take five practical steps to protect our bees and other pollinating insects.<p>Defra published their five point plan as part of a call to action …

How to thin fruit trees

90-second gardener: Sarah Raven shows you how to thin your fruit trees<p>1. Fruit trees bearing heavy crops need to have their fruit thinned in order to get a good-sized, quality fruit. Apples and pears and to a lesser extent plums do this naturally in June – ‘the June drop’. After this has happened, …

How to cut back herbs

90-second gardener: It's time to give your perennials herbs a haircut, says Sarah Raven<p>1. Perennial herbs such as chives, lovage, sorrel, fennel and marjoram benefit from a second severe haircut now. It’s best to reduce them to the ground in late May or early June and then do the same again about …

10 Easy Pieces: Tough Perennials for City Gardens

I remember summers in New York. Whenever any of my entourage managed to score a piece of outdoor real estate, it immediately became a community …

Hardy (and almost-hardy) begonias

I was introduced to begonias at a very young age. I remember visiting the house of my great great aunt Gwen and in the greenhouse I found flowers the size of dinner plates (or so it seemed at age five) in colours from vivid scarlet through to muted pink. Gaudy and brash the begonias left me in a …