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The beginner's guide to starting a veg garden

There has never been a more interesting time for edible gardening. It is right on so many levels. It saves money, saves the planet and satisfies our epicurean appetites. Edible gardening is an opportunity to grow interesting flavours fresher than money can buy. It is the key to children being more …

Top 10 vegetables to grow over winter

Now that the mower is about to be stored away for the winter months, I like to spend a couple of weekends getting my vegetable beds packed so that I have lots of fresh fodder to pick at over the chilly months ahead. Keeping your garden going through the winter gets you outside in the fresh air, …

Alys Fowler: sowing wildflowers

In tins on top of the fridge, between pages of my notebooks, in my pockets and at the bottom of my handbag sits a small seed bank of wildflowers. The plight of the pollinators had the great, the good and even the greedy (Hi, Bayer!) handing out wildflower seed last year.<p>I can't have been alone in …

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 …

What to do in the garden this week: clear early weeds

This week's gardening tasks, from caring for wallflowers to a spot of weeding<p><b>Slim pickings</b><p>The gardening calendar has gone out of the window thanks to the weather, but here are a few useful chores: Cut back overwintering <b>geraniums</b> and start watering sparingly. Take cuttings from the best of the …

Turn Your Urban Backyard Into An Edible Ecosystem Guaranteed To Attract Women

Or just grow food. But when Food Forest Farm’s Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates were looking to meet the ladies, they did it by creating a magical urban garden.<p>Ten years ago, Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates were just two guys living in the country, running a mail-order seed company while …

Polyanthus, the polychrome princess of the petrol pump

There’s much more to polyanthus, that favourite of garages and supermarkets, than fill-in colour<p>The sight of trays of brightly coloured <b>polyanthus</b> in garden centres, and outside supermarkets and garages, is a sure sign that the end of winter is not too far off. Every year the flowers seem to be …

What to do in the garden in February

Handy tips from the RHS for gardening in February, from sowing sweet peas to choosing a propagator<p><b>Top of the list this month</b><p>Sow <b>sweet peas</b> in <b>root trainers</b> or in kitchen roll inserts (see below), for July and August flowering. Germinate in a cool room – around 15C (60F) – and harden off young …