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from the plant's roots. On the lawn or between the cracks in paving slabs, heaps of fine soil appear.Ants are persistent and it's almost impossible to eliminate them in the garden. You can flush them out from containers by giving the compost a thorough
Living on a hillside, I’m fortunately not in danger of being flooded, but it doesn’t mean I’m not feeling the effects of the recent heavy rains. It’s difficult to walk around my sloping garden without slipping over, and the grassed areas have turned
Learn how to hoe your vegetable patch effectively with advice and a practical demonstration from Monty Don. Find out about tool sharpening and how frequently to hoe your plot. all year roundMore advice on common garden tasksWeeding by hand
As temperatures rise and summer sets in, give your container plants a little time and care. Water, feed and deadhead them regularly over the next few weeks and you can keep plants flowering and looking good right into autumn.Container plants
Monty Don demonstrates how to plant heritage variety shallots in a container, offering advice on drainage and planting depths.springMore advice on growing alliumsHow to harvest garlicGrowing onions and garlicPlanting out leeksTips on growing garlic
Monty Don shows how to get around the problem of limited space in the garden, by growing your own potatoes in a dustbin.springMore advice on growing potatoesRead Lila Das Gupta's blog on growing potatoesChitting potatoes video projectGrowing early
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
Learn how to grow seed potatoes in a compost bag, in Monty Don's step-by-step video guide. springMore about growing potatoesRead Lila Das Gupta's blog on growing potatoesChitting potatoes video projectGrowing early potatoesGrowing potatoes in a binEarthing up potatoes video proje...
Watch Monty Don and Chris Beardshaw's video guide to harvesting potatoes grown in a bag.summerMore advice on growing potatoesRead Lila Das Gupta's blog on growing potatoesChitting potatoesGrowing early potatoesGrowing potatoes in a bagEarthing up potatoesAdvice on dealing with gl...
Ensure a burst of spring colour by sowing polyanthus seeds in the previous summer. Watch Monty's video, including tips on compost and aftercare, to find out how.summerMore advice on primulasHow to rejuvinate primrosesBrowse primula varietiesView spring-blooming bulbs