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Posted: 30/03/2012 at 12:13

A 'bookazine' is a high quality magazine available at newsagents with the production values of a book, with thicker cover and high quality paper and print.

The bookazine costs £4.99, and an iPad App version is also available for £3.99. Check out details here:

You can also find our Gardeners' World 'Grow Your Own' bookazine in WH Smiths and other major newsagents. 

Though I say it myself, it really is a fabulous guide to growing your own.

Talkback: Ask Adam

Posted: 30/03/2012 at 11:58

Many thanks for all your questions. I've answered two batches of them now, with more answers being written every fortnight.

You can find the first batch of answers here:

You can find the second batch of answers here:

Looking forward to receiving more gardening questions from you all. Please include as much background detail to your question as possible, as this really helps me provide a more informed answer.

Talkback: Preparing for drought in the garden

Posted: 20/02/2012 at 23:37
From tonights TV news it does look as if there will be a hosepipe ban in my area. So, when it comes to summer bedding I think sun loving pelargoniums (zonal geraniums) will be featuring highly in my selection.
I'm also following happymarion's idea and growing those beautiful daisy-flowered osteospermums.
What else? Succulents like aeoniums. Mediterranean herbs. More suggestions please.

Talkback: Gardening jobs for snowy weather

Posted: 10/02/2012 at 15:19

I enjoyed a similar bird feeding frenzy this morning. After more snow yesterday evening, the local blackbirds have finally discovered the red crab apples still hanging on to a neighbours tree.

At 7.00 this morning I could hardly believe my eyes when I counted 8 blackbirds on this small crab apple tree in their front garden. Far from fighting with one another, the cold weather appears to have brought them closer together. Long may it last – well, probably until all the apples have been eaten!

Talkback: Gardening jobs for snowy weather

Posted: 07/02/2012 at 10:22

Thank oldchippy. Yes, I agree that ivy growing in trees is not always beneficial. Wildlife may like it, but the extra weight and volume of this vigorous evergreen can act like a sail and pull down even healthy trees and branches in high wind. The extra weight of snow they carry during winter can also be too much for many to carry without damage.

Ivy can also be a thug. As always, follow teh advice 'right plant, right place' and you shouldn't go wrong.

Talkback: Gardening jobs for snowy weather

Posted: 06/02/2012 at 17:33
Sorry your tall yucca collapsed under the weight of snow, happymarion. I'm sure you are not alone.

Talking about taking photos of your robin, Tim got an amazing picture of 'my' robin during a recent visit. They're so inquisitive at this time of year, and the robin came right up in front of me while clearing a border so it could get in the picture. I'll certainly be using this picture in my What To Do Now pages of the magazine in future.

Talkback: Unwelcome wildlife

Posted: 30/01/2012 at 11:49
Thanks Jumbo 56. Another mouse caught in the shed at the weekend! How many more are there?

Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Posted: 27/01/2012 at 16:53
Good advice, Kate. And it's not just bird feeders that must be kept clean, but bird baths too. Possibly it's even more important to keep bird baths clean, and I scrub mine every month.

I've also recently emptied out a bird nest box, and sterilised it with boiling water.
It doesn't take long, and is time well spent if it helps keep my garden bird population healthy.


Posted: 24/01/2012 at 10:15

It would be remiss of me not to recommend Gardeners' World Magazine, as we always include plenty of information on Growing Your Own, and evenb have a free packet of Tomato Maskotka seed coming with the April issue (along with free fragrant sweet peas).

We're also publishing a 'Grow Your Own' bookazine in March, along with an iPad version, which is looking stunning!

I agree that David Hessayon's Vegetable Expert book is one I regularly turn to, and usually has the advice (crop spacing, sowing time or depth, etc) that I'm looking for. Some of the seed company web sites also have very good 'at-a-glance' growing guides.

Was there any specific advice you can't find, Lisa?

Talkback: Gardeners and the Big Society

Posted: 10/01/2012 at 11:33
Great to hear about these projects. The increased interest in Grow Your Own has really inspired many communities to grow more crops, and share them with others. What better way can there be to get people gardening, support one another, and save money!

Discussions started by Adam Pasco

Talkback: Christmas chilli

I've just found a recipe for Brussels sprouts with chilli, garlic and lemon. Has anyone tried it? 
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New flowers to recommend

Can you recommend a new variety of flowering plant to others? 
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Talkback: Glow-worms

Now that's one creature I've never had the pleasure of discovering. How exciting. I've stood for many an hour in the past looking upwards i... 
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Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Good advice, Kate. And it's not just bird feeders that must be kept clean, but bird baths too. Possibly it's even more important to keep bir... 
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