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10 different ways to thank our garden wildlife

Has there ever been a time when we have been more grateful for our gardens’ wildlife? It’s been one of the silver linings of lockdown, up there with Joe Wicks and ‘Milk and More’ home deliveries (that would be Wines Direct for Caroline). So let’s say thank you to all our birds, animals and insects by providing a little more of what they like. Here are our tips on some simple things you can do to make your garden that little bit wilder. You’ll probably get some fluffy new ‘bee-friendly’ cosmos from Elaine and instructions on how to make...

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Summer pots, three ways

Planting up a pot is such good fun! You can grow a huge variety of things, as long as you adhere to a few simple rules regarding container, soil/compost, aspect and maintenance. (What are the chances that Caroline is paying attention?) You can use almost anything as a container but you MUST have drainage or your carefully-planted darlings will end up sitting in soggy sour soil that will eventually mean failure. Lots of people prop their pots up on little ceramic feet to aid the drainage, and I always add some extra grit to any potting mix for that...

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Our all-time Chelsea choices

I’ve loved looking back through the archives of Chelsea past haven’t you? Today we’ve each chosen a garden, a plant and a moment from recent shows that made the biggest impression on us. For E and C this is bound to include new roses and bar stools respectively; personally I like to take a more intellectual approach and am always enthralled by something that is out there on the botanical edge. Plants adapted to harsh environments take on an ethereal beauty when set against stony landscapes and when Sarah Eberle placed a re-purposed grain silo in the middle of...

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Celebrating what’s hot and what’s not

The3Growbags are celebrating! It’s the fourth anniversary of our blog. We began it because all three of us enjoyed gardening and wanted to make the physical distance between us seem less vast. We’re still loving every minute and the horticultural hilarity that comes with it. Since we began we’ve had Brexit, right royal shenanigans, world war anniversaries and a national pandemic we couldn’t have imagined back in 2016 keeping us ALL apart. So now our blog is not only bridging the gap between sisters, but between nearly 2000 subscribers and many more on social media. And to mark this...

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