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23 Cheap And Easy Tricks Every Gardener Should Know

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How deadly does your garden grow?

Michael Leapman assesses the dangers that lurk in the undergrowth<p>Most garden mishaps are caused by machinery – careless use of lawnmowers, hedge-trimmers and the like – and very few are fatal. So it was doubly alarming to read of the tragic death of <b>Nathan Greenway, a 33-year-old gardener on a</b> …

Kokedama String Balls: A DIY Hanging Garden

Kokedamas from Japan use moss to retain moisture and don’t require planters or pots. Everyone loves a self-sufficient houseplant.<p>In the tradition of …

Bugs and Bees

My allotment plot and garden welcome many species of beneficial wildlife, such as hoverflies, lacewings, bees, ladybirds, butterflies (yes, …

Six ways to save water in your garden

It’s important to save water in the garden for two reasons. First, to save money if you’re on a water meter – 40% of us, and rising, are. Second, because at peak demand up to 70% of our water supply can be used in gardens, which forces suppliers to use groundwater and take it from streams. This can …

Gardening tips: how to save seed - video

Thrifty gardener Kim Stoddart teams up with Ben Raskin of the Soil Association to explain why how seed-saving can save money, liven up your garden and help you cut down on food miles.

Time-saving tips for gardeners

I've often thought gardening's made out to be a lot more complicated than it really is. If you enjoy growing a bit of fresh produce for your family or a few nice flowers to look at, then it's actually incredibly easy. I don't have a lot of time, so I'm not going to muck about with procedures and …

Ten of the best herbs to grow in containers

Herbs are one of the most rewarding container crops. Most are also easy to grow. Still, there are a few things to bear in mind if you want to make sure your potted herbs reach their bushy, lush best.<p>Lorraine Melton, head grower at the herb farm Herbal Haven, gave me two key pieces of advice. …

Gardening 101: Spinach

Spinach, <i>Spinacia oleracea:</i> “The Workhorse”<p>I’d like to express my gratitude to the Arab traders who brought spinach to China, where it eventually …

Table of Contents: Urban Escape

We’re of the opinion that the best time to be in the city is when everyone else has decamped. Rooftop sunsets, twinkly balcony lights, the first ripe …

Gardening 101: Cilantro

Cilantro, <i>Coriandrum sativum</i>: “Pharaoh’s Friend”<p>Cilantro makes another winning argument for home-grown vegetables. This leafy herb, a cross-cultural …

A guide to watering your container garden

Among all the benefits of growing food at home in containers, there is one major drawback. Plants in containers need almost daily watering, particularly in warm or windy weather. It’s time consuming and a problem if you are away regularly.<p>While I often find watering a relaxing and reflective way to …

How-To: Knit a Loopy Bath Mat

Bring a touch of handmade luxury to your morning routine with this knit loopy bath mat tutorial from Whit’s Knits on The Purl Bee!<p>Made with soft cotton yarn and lofty loop stitches, this project is a wonderful way to ease yourself into each new morning.<p>Want to make every shower feel a bit more …

Knitting

Craft Gossip

I love glow in the dark projects, especially for summer as the nights are warm and being outside can be so festive. Why not make the yard really fun? …

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 …

Great Tips for Putting a Project to Bed

We’ve all had times when we knew we were putting a project in time out. Usually that is accompanied by frustration and getting the project out of our …

Feeding your plants – a simple guide

When I first started growing my own fruit and veg in containers, I found information about how, when and what to feed plants in containers surprisingly hard to come by. Perhaps this isn’t surprising. Crop nutrition is never going to be a sexy subject. At its best it’s a complicated and slightly …

From Organic-Only to Big-Picture Sustainability

I recommend a fascinating article in Wednesday’s Food Section of the Washington Post this week: “Organic standards fight over synthetics shows …

The Knowledge: how to grow a scented garden

Andy Thompson, designer of the Jo Malone Charity Gardens, gives advice on the best plants for a fragrant flowerbed<p><b>Ground designs</b> <br>Aromatic plants bring an extra dimension to a garden: an unexpected waft of scent can stir emotions and be calming or refreshing. The key when designing your garden is to …

The perfect plant for...cracks and crevices

Aromatic herbs and miniature pinks are ideal plants to fill damp, cool cracks in your paving and walls<p>Paving (also steps and walls), offer many planting opportunities: cool, damp cracks are a niche that suits small plants, especially alpines. Arm yourself with a patio weeder shaped like a knife, …

Gardening

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 …

How-To: Mason Jar Beehives

Looking for a good backyard buzz? Create new beehives conveniently located within mason jars with this ingenious tutorial by Instructables member Zevion.<p>If you live in a suburban area, you may think that starting a beehive cannot be done. However a common suburban backyard can be a perfect place …

Summer Wardrobe: Knitted Striped Summer Shirt

The warm summer months are a great time to experiment with new yarns, weights, and textures. So, if you’re looking for a gorgeous lightweight knitting project that won’t have to spend the summer relegated to a dresser drawer with your heavy woolens, you’ll definitely want to check out this cute and …

Gardening 101: Tomatoes

Tomatoes: “Wolf Peaches”<p>Tomatoes are something like that co-worker who sweetly wears pencil skirts and cardigans, and is all sunshine and timely …

Food is great. Free food is better. While there are many caveats and learning curves to account for when getting into foraging, Leda Meredith—author and NYBG instructor—makes the process that much easier. We recently ran some questions by Leda on her newest book, Northeast Foraging, to get an idea of what new foragers can expect to find in our area, what they should and shouldn't eat, and how invasive plants are providing a tasty opportunity. Head through for Leda's expert answers—you might just find yourself heading out into the field as well! http://bit.ly/1x7rwvS

DIY: Instant Indoor Herb Garden

Your duty, as a summer guest, is to admire your hosts’ overflowing herb garden without betraying envy. Instead ask sweetly if they would like to …

Required Reading: The Edible Balcony

I used to live in a basement flat near London’s King’s Cross, with a little courtyard. It was full of pots and was lovely really, except for two …

25 Easy Peasy Recycled DIY Planters

Let’s get to work and start recycling for better and cleaner environment. The most important thing for us and our health is to live in clean homes, …