Six gardening trends for 2020

I know that in terms of clothes fashion (trousers from Lands’ End, jumpers from Woolovers: job done), I am a big disappointment to my older and younger sisters who are both secretly wannabe Kardashians, but trust me when it comes gardening trends I am dynamite compared with either of them. So what are my predictions for what we gardeners should be turning our attention to in 2020?1. Seaside plants. I don’t want to sound too apocalyptic but we do now need to prepare for climate Armageddon, and seek out plant species that can survive in hostile environments. Eryngiums (sea...

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Why it’s time to plant a tree

Let’s celebrate the New Year by planting a tree! Or lots, if you have the space and right environment for them. Human beings have already wiped 40% of the world’s trees off the face of the earth. In summer 2019, research led by experts at ETH Zurich (one of the world’s most prestigious universities in science and technology) revealed there is 1.7 billion hectares of treeless land across the world on which more than 1 trillion native tree saplings would naturally grow. If planted, those trees would successfully offset two-thirds of all carbon emissions from human activities. ‘The best...

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Growbags’ Christmas quiz

Yes at last it’s quiz time! Elaine’s been persuaded to set aside her dreary winter tasks (does anyone else actually wash their greenhouse?) and Laura’s obsessive bulb-planting has briefly subsided leaving a tiny window for FUN! We’ve put together a gardening quiz for you to dip into over the Christmas hols. You can click on the button at the very end to get the answers….. Laura will be testing your plant identification skills, Elaine will be testing your brain power and I, well I’ll kick things off with this one: 1. What is the very best thing about Philotheca...

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Game-changing garden gifts

What could you give a gardener for Christmas that would truly revolutionise their gardening experience? – a razor hoe, that’s what. Honestly, I can divide my life into two distinct phases, pre-razor hoe and post-razor hoe, it’s that good. And no, I am not getting a backhander from Burgon and Ball, apparently their razor hoe has a cult following based purely on its innate merit. It’s silky-smooth, Japanese, carbon-steel angled blade (you can tell I’ve become a fervent convert can’t you?) can be pulled just under the surface to shear off annual weeds and when you hit a dandelion...

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