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Plant fruit trees to make your garden complete

Fruit trees, with the right training, can bring a sense of structure into small spaces as well as a delicious harvest, says Mark Diacono<p>The room where I write looks out over the perennial garden, the veg patch and the fruit cage. In the rare moments that the view hasn’t been obscured by driving …

Gardens: the final winter cut

I have just been out into the wet to look over the pruning in the studio garden. The spring-flowering clematis already have their buds visible, reminding me that I need to make way for a blackbird that has returned each year to nest in the evergreen jasmine. Once she is here, busily nest-building, …

Hello Old Friend

The weather continues to be dreadful, not the sort to be pottering about in gardens or allotments that’s for sure. Because of the weather I’ve …

International Garden Photographer of the Year winners

10 beautiful double snowdrops to try - Telegraph

No-dig gardening: a better way to grow vegetables?

Growing vegetables using the no-dig method reaps great rewards<p>New year resolutions usually contain good intentions and there are few truly more positive pastimes than vegetable gardening. Charles Dowding has made it even more worthwhile with his new book Veg Journal. He cuts a path through the …

What to do in the garden this week: protect your bulbs

Our handy weekly list of top gardening tasks. This week: shelter young bulbs and order manure<p><b>Herbal remedy</b><p>Potted <b>chives</b> and <b>tarragon</b> will come up a few weeks earlier if put under glass.<p><b>Where there’s muck</b><p>Order manure – don’t be put off by the size of economical bulk “builders” bags: you will always …

Snow Challenged Chickens

We love to think of chickens frolicking in open pastures, living the “sustainable” life by chasing bugs and laying big, beautiful eggs. But have you …

Last Allotment Visit of the Year

Today I went to the allotment to dig up parsnips for our Christmas Day meal, probably my last visit to the allotment before the new year arrives. The …

BBC hopes Great British Bake Off viewers will dig its allotment challenge

The BBC turned cupcakes and pastries into primetime TV fare with The Great British Bake Off. Now it is hoping to do the same with a horticultural contest on BBC2. <b>Grow, Make, Eat: The Great Allotment Challenge</b> will feature green-fingered contestants growing a crop of fruit and vegetables, and facing …

Planning my Orchard

Planting and caring for my own fruit orchard has been a dream of mine for quite some time. I think I can trace my excitement to one day about eight …

Gift Guide: For the Apiarist or Honey Bee Lover

Whether you know someone who dons the white suit and does the noble work of beekeeping, or someone whose relationship to bees is more one of …

Appeal for gardeners to help solve the riddle of the unseasonal plants

The Royal Horticultural Society appeals for help to solve the "perplexing" phenomenon of why some summer and spring bulbs flower before even the full onset of autumn<p>It is a phenomenon which perplexes even the country’s finest gardening minds: why do some summer and spring bulbs sometimes flower …

Make a garden compulsory for everyone, urges (gardener) Don

Having a garden or allotment should be compulsory, Monty Don has argued, as he advocated a sharing scheme in which the elderly, disabled or those who are too busy let others tend their land.<p>Don, the television gardener, said having a “stake” in the land was essential to ensure a new generation was …

Pecking Apples

The apple trees in the orchard are feeling the strain from the weight of fruit on their branches, I guess it’s time to stock the larder …

Wonderful winter squashes to grow in your garden

The vast array of cucurbitae means there’s a fruit for every garden, and all are a healthy addition to a winter menu<p>Is it a squash, is it a gourd or is it a pumpkin? The boom in cucurbitae in British kitchen gardens over the past decade has resulted in lots of head scratching. In some countries, …

Baking Bulbs: Celeriac Gratin with Thyme and Gruyere

Are you planning a Thanksgiving menu? This week we’ll be suggesting a few of the feast-worthy garden-to-table recipes from the past year:<p>Before we …

Protecting your plants in winter

Every plant has different needs during the winter, but with a little care you can ensure they all make it through to spring<p>On my summer veranda I like a jumble. Lush green leaves next to spiky mounds next to bright flowers. I think it looks textured, colourful and bohemian. <b>Pelargoniums</b> flower …

Straw Mulch, the Ultimate Winter Garden Blanket

I always thought those who lined their garden beds with straw were simply using it as a pathway material—a way to keep from sinking in rain-induced …

Mushrooms: Fun foraging for fungi

This autumn’s mushroom boom has brought Britain’s amateur mycologists out in force. Here's how to get to grips with some forest fungi<p>If you go down to the woods today, the big surprise might be the number of people who have beaten you to it. These are bountiful days for Britain’s burgeoning army of …

Sow now for sweet pea success

There's no time like the present to get next year's sweet peas in, says Graham Rice.<p>The advantages accruing from sowing <b>sweet peas</b> in the autumn are so real and substantial that there should be no need for argument," wrote the renowned <i>Amateur Gardening</i> editor A J Macself back in 1933. Sweet pea …

Gardens: what to plant in autumn

How do you demonstrate that you are a real gardener? By loudly proclaiming that this is not the end of the gardening year but the start of it. Not for you such ephemeral fripperies as summer bedding; you're more the bare-root-hedging type. This is the month that separates the women from the girls, …

Plant of the week: Blueberry 'Powder Blue'

This easygoing plant will provide plenty of fruit for tarts, jam and smoothies<p><b>What is it?</b> A mid- to late-season blueberry that, so long as you don't prune, should grow to a height and spread of 2.5m.<p><b>Plant it with?</b> More blueberries: cross-pollination will give you the best crop. Grow at least three …

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Don't call them weeds: stinging nettles on sale to urban gardeners for £7.99

To country walkers, they are the plants to circumnavigate at all costs if sore and stinging shins are to be avoided.<p>But to the urban gardener, it appears nettles may be of greater appeal as they are now being sold for £7.99 to those who wish to boost the wildlife in their flowerbeds.<p>The …

Avondale Park floral lawn - in pictures

Cucamelon

After a shaky start with germination problems I’m pleased to see Cucamelon fruit, growing on the vines. The fruits resemble miniature melons (about …

Harvesting My Artichokes from Seed

I harvested some Artichokes this week. Two globe and one purple. I’m so impressed that the plants are producing Artichokes this year and I only grew …

Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard

If you’ve spent much time on a farm with chickens then you know that the spaces where chickens live aren’t always the <i>most</i> beautiful corners of the …

Making meadows

<b>Sunday</b><p>I always keep an eye out for the when the "traditional" farmers cut proper hay as an indicator of when I should cut my wild flower meadow, and …