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in shape and involves pruning the soft, current season's growth before it has chance to become woody.Secateurslate-June - mid-August 50 minutes for medium-sized tree Cut back the leading shoots of each branch by half their length to encourage the production
Free and easyFavouring a more laid-back approach to gardening, I love plants that self-seed with abandon. Here are a few of my favourites...Find out how to collect allium seedsSelf-seeders are the opportunists of the plant world. They may
Make cape reeds the new stars of your borderEnjoy the architectural beauty of these elegant plants that have only recently reached us from the fynbos of South Africa.Restios are a rush-like group of architectural plants that are set to join grasses and bamboos as the new stars of...
, sprinkled liberally with freshly ground pepper. Believe me, they are delicious.Although I'm loathed for making space for nettles in my garden, the sight of large patches of them brings joy to my heart. These spiteful weeds are the perfect host for four
Hosepipe bans and water restrictions are always a challenge for gardeners. But if you get into the habit of saving water in your garden, you'll be able to take the restrictions in your stride. Storing rainwater will mean you can keep your plants
Monty Don talks through the process of choosing a good pair of secateurs for pruning, looking at a variety of styles, to help you select a pair to suit your needs. all year roundMore practical garden projectsHow to prune your plantsMaintaining a
Sarah Raven demonstrates how to divide asters to ensure the flower quality doesn't diminish over time.springDividing plants in your gardenHow to divide and replant snowdrops.Dividing day lilies video project.Dividing herbaceous perennials video
Watch Carol Klein as she guides you through the process of propagating delphiniums, campanulas and lupins; from taking basal cuttings and potting them on, to how to stake them.springMore advice on propagating plantsTaking begonia leaf cuttingsTaking rose cuttingsTaking verbena cu...
Learn how to ensure that your buddleja achieves its full flowering potential, in Monty's spring pruning guide.springMore advice on pruningVideo advice on choosing secateurs.Learn effective pruning techniques.Video guide to pruning shrub roses.How to prune spring-flowering shrubs.
Learn how to prepare hawthorn berries for planting by following Monty Don's step-by-step video guide. Monty gives tips on cleaning seeds, checking for viability, and the need for a chilling period.autumnMore advice on propagatingHow to grow plants from seeds and berriesBrowse a v...