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of ponds in the wider countryside. So, gardeners can do their bit by creating their own wildlife pond, which will also look great and provide a year-round focal point.Make a start by marking out the position on the ground. Use a garden hose for an informal
mould. Small thin leaves such as birch break down fairly quickly, while large leathery ones such as chestnut benefit from being shredded first. Evergreen leaves and conifer needles take far longer to rot and should not be included in great quantities
Carol Klein demonstrates how to add mulch to beds and borders to enrich the soil and ensure healthy plants.spring and autumnCarolMore ways to improve soilImproving soil with green manure.How to feed plants.Improving your soil.Making a soil sieve.
Toby Buckland makes a soil sieve (or riddle) for sifting out large lumps from soil, leaf-mould and compost, to leave you with a fine material suitable for seed sowing and potting mixes.You should aim to make your soil sieve slightly bigger than your
Discover how to create and maintain acid soil conditions for growing blueberries and cranberries, with Chris Beardshaw's step-by-step video advice.summerMore advice on growing fruitGrowing early strawberriesRaising new strawberry plantsHow to plant a blackcurrant bushVideo advice...
BBC Gardeners' World blog on asparagus beetles, by Richard Jones
How to solve gardening problemsDeal with problems that affect ornamental treesAdvice on dealing with problems on rosesMethods of controlling garden weedsPlant profiles of Prunus species
Create a haven and nesting area for garden birds, by watching Monty's guide to making a bird raft for the Berryfields pond.all year roundAttracting birds and wildlife into your gardenHow to make a bird boxInstalling a window bird feederMaking fat
Follow Monty Don's video advice on using the principals of crop rotation to benefit brassicas. Monty clears away broad beans to plant out broccoli in the vegetable patch at Berryfields.summerMore advice on growing vegetablesGrow courgettes video project with Monty DonPlanting bra...
Follow Monty Don's video advice on planting summer cabbages, with advice on avoiding cabbage root fly.springMore advice on growing vegetablesGrowing courgettesPlanting broccoliGrowing carrots in a containerCrop rotationBrowse a variety of vegetable plantsChoose plants by soil typ...