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Mini ponds for compact gardens

Bring a small plot to life with a water feature – however tinyOf all the ingredients that make up a garden – trees, boundaries, seating areas, planted beds, lawns – in my experience there is nothing that captures the interest of the visitor time and

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Routes and roots: mapping my walks | Allan Jenkins

Favourite flowers and much-loved trees are a guide to where you liveI map my walks in flowers, or at least in interesting trees. There is the heavy-scented perpetual rose I will take a wide detour for if I am walking towards Regent’s Canal; and there’

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How to grow spring kale as soft as lettuce | Alys Fowler

Our gardening expert on the best way to eat this nutritious green Perhaps it is a little perverse to talk about kale when the season is finally allowing us to look ahead to summer. Why talk of winter vegetables when you can start thinking of sweet lettuce

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Country diary: primroses are so much more than pretty flowers

Saltwell Gill, Durham city: A swathe of wildlings in a wood was a spectacle to make the spirits soar after a long, cold winterThis meandering stream, a mile south of the city centre, has carved a small, steep-sided, wooded valley through soft alluvial soi

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Country diary: wild violets are an absolute joy, to us and the bees

Claxton, Norfolk: Intense blue spikes have covered half the lawn – but we can claim little credit for thisThis spring I’ve been amused by our wild violets, which have spread suddenly across one half of the lawn. For anyone who has never met them, they

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Beware fake news, even in the garden | James Wong

From gender-defined peppers to fizzy drinks for plants – James Wong highlights the gardening world’s tall talesI love social media. In between the selfies and cat pictures, it can be a truly amazing way of connecting people across the planet with simi

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Pond repair on the allotment: ‘A reprieve for frogs – and me’ | Allan Jenkins

When it comes to fixing ponds, it’s a frog’s lifeI have always had a thing for frogs. They sit in tree hollows by the beach hut and often pop up on the plot. Howard takes spawn home with his girls, returns and re-wilds them when the frogs grow legs. T

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The UK's best gardens to visit this spring

See some of Britain’s most inspiring gardens – and bring home plants from their spring fairs Arley Hall and Gardens, Cheshire, 22 AprilArley Hall is known for many things, but not least its outstanding double herbaceous border planted in 1846, making

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How to grow the herb shiso perilla

This herb is far more than a garnish – and once you get a taste for it, you may find you want a ready supplyShiso perilla, better known as shiso in Japanese, tai to in Vietnamese and kkaennip or ggaenip in Korean, is one of those herbs that, if you know

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Gardens: what to do this week

Plant an early flowering rose, boost container plants and back Idle WomenPlant this If you are looking for an early flowering rose, consider Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’, whose double, buttery-yellow blooms appear from now into next month. It’s a 

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Royal Horticultural Society unveils plans for 154-acre garden in Salford

RHS Garden Bridgewater has been described as the biggest gardening project in EuropeThe Royal Horticultural Society has unveiled plans for its first new garden in 17 years – a 62-hectare (154-acre) site in the heart of Salford, Greater Manchester.RHS Ga

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For the love of trees | Allan Jenkins

There are many reasons to love trees. Allan Jenkins traces the roots of his obsession back through his familyI grow trees by northern seas: baby beech and birch, pines and larch (maybe my favourite tree, certainly the fastest). I blame my foster dad. Dudl

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Take time out to smell the jasmine

Fragrant climbers that can be planted right now, for knock-out scent all season longThere is a tendency to think about gardening as an entirely visual art form: a pursuit that is all about playing with the colours, forms and textures of the natural world.

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The best spring salads to eat (or plant) now | Alys Fowler

It’s not yet time for fat heads of lettuce, but now is the moment to establish salad cropsSpring may be marching forth, but an abundance of greens is still a way off, so here we are in the hungry gap. It is not yet time for fat heads of lettuce, but the

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