The Rise of the Screens: why gardening is the perfect antidote to modern life

Gardening, whether it happens indoors or out, is a great way to counteract the daily grind of modern life. It’s simple, it’s slow and, most importantly, it’s not a screen-based activity.

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A beginner’s guide to caring for succulents and cacti

Although these plants are easy to care for, beginners often fall down by trying to give them too much love. When it comes to succulents and cacti, it’s all about indifference. Fussing over them will get you nowhere.

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Gardening for a new generation – who to follow online

Gardening, particularly of the window-ledge variety, has seen a surge in popularity recently (a trend that I am convinced has been fuelled by Instagram’s love of the succulent). But here’s the thing, for those of us who don’t have extensive (if any) outdoor space to grow stuff in, the traditional channels for consuming gardening-related content […]

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A year in the garden: five things I’ve learnt

The small, often-daily observations made while pottering around my tiny back yard, together with online research and a couple of books about gardening, have helped me to become a better gardener. 

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In praise of hostas

I never thought I’d say this, but me and slugs have something in common: we both love hostas.

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Spring is here: four reasons to enjoy this season

There is something thoroughly refreshing about spring and the way in which the cold and dreary winter weather begins to slowly fade away as the days to stretch for longer. Nature takes a deep breath, and starts all over again.

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How to get your urban garden winter-ready

Winter can seem like a time when not a lot happens out in the garden. It gets cold, there is less sunlight, and things begin to die. Of course, the most seasoned gardeners will know that while there isn’t as much to do over winter as there is over summer, time doesn’t just stand still. […]

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Garden update: summer into autumn

As we gradually move towards autumn, there seems to be less to do out back (and less to post about!). The weather has been colder, and the nights are starting to draw in – it’s no longer light at 9.30 pm, which is terribly depressing, and I’m scarily close to putting on my slipper socks in the evenings.

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