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While the growling frogs in my mum's shallow pond have gone quiet (“and who can blame them, the pond completely froze over last week”, observed my mother), a pair of robins has been busy in the garden of my mother-in-law. Despite the bad weather
-ties, but only in discrete burgundy or navy blue, with extremely subtle spot patterns. I am rather nosy and have a tendency to stare. Oh, and I like insects. So when the cry is uttered from the end of the garden: “Weird red bug”, there is only one response, I
Watch Monty Don planting up a sandbox for displaying alpine plants, in our step-by-step video project - with tips for keeping plants cool, and retaining moisture.springMore advice on growing alpinesMaking an alpine pathPlanting alpines in a potMaking an alpine container displayCr...
Carol Klein and Joe Swift demonstrate how to create a raised bed at Berryfields, using local stone and alpine planting, with tips on compost mixes and plant suggestions.springMore advice on growing alpinesVideo advice on planting alpines in a potWatch our video guide to making an...
Monty Don explains how to attract bats to roost in your garden by adding a number of bat boxes around the garden. He demonstrates how to build your own boxes and where to locate them for the best chance of success.all-year-roundAttracting wildlife
it topped up with feed in preference to any other feeders in your garden.Within a few weeks you'll be able to take the feeder from the pole and attach it to the window, where the birds will continue to visit.AdamAlways remember to provide fresh water
the roots of your fruit bush.Tip plenty of garden compost into the hole and fork it deep into the soil.Sprinkle a handful of fertiliser in the hole and fork it into the soil.Spread the roots of the blackcurrant bush out evenly across the hole area, teasing
-grown seedlings, spring and early summer is the time to plant them out. Raising them from seed is cheaper but adds a few weeks to the process - so if this is for you, it's time to get sowing!Young brassica plantsGarden line or string and canesTrowelSeed trays
You can create a wildlife corner in eventhe smallest garden, and it doesn't have to be a patch of unmown grass or a scrambling scrub thicket. A single, large container will suffice, containing plants to attract bees, butterflies, hoverflies
Watch Monty Don, as he plants and trains a nectarine tree up against a fence, using wires and tensioners. With tips on mixing compost and protecting trees from frost damage.springMore advice on growing fruitGrowing citrus plants.Planting a fig tree.Growing a kiwi plant.Summer pr...