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As a new year begins, allow me to offer veteran gardeners (and former MPs at a loose end) a few suggestions.
We shall not see a seismic shift in the types of plant we can grow in our gardens – and this is true wherever in the British Isles you live – unless and until there are no frosts.
There really is no perfection in gardens – one plant escapes a problem by looking like something else, but in turn acquires a fault of its own.
It comes down to basic botany.
I am disappointed if mine are anything other than wonky, because it would suggest they have been unjustifiably cosseted.
From grottos in grand landscapes to miniature Easter Island heads at home, sculptures and focal points can enhance a garden – or ruin it
I wanted to enhance my herb garden with some of the more choice kinds: pink flowered, white flowered, dwarf, trailing, and so on. There was nothing
There’s scarification, post-scarification treatment, oasis treatment, SlowMow treatment, stress buster and lawn disease management. Frankly, I don’t even know what these mean.
For the same price as a one-litre spray gun, I can buy a 200ml bottle of concentrate that will make up to ten litres.
What’s more, the herbs in the supermarket will generally not have the depth of flavour of those grown in the garden or even raised in your own pots.