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With such a dull, damp and dismal start to the year, I didn't feel very motivated to venture into my garden. That all changed last Friday as I watched Carol Klein's new series, Life in a Cottage Garden, documenting her gardening year at Glebe
Learn how to turn clumps of stinging nettles to your advantage, by turning them into nitrogen-rich, liquid plant food, in Rachel de Thame's video guide.sping-summerMore tips on nettles and feeding plantsRemoving stinging nettles from your garden
the woody, flowered stems. Prune back to just above vigorous green stems growing from low down on the plant.For the thickest woody stems, or where shrubs have become very overgrown, use long-handled loppers or a garden saw to cut through the tough stems
in with soft string at 10cm - 15cm intervals up the stems.For twining climbers such as cobaea, sweet peas and runner beans, tall tripods made from sticks or bamboo canes provide an ideal framework for their vigorous growth. Where necessary, their shoots can
. Practice the basics of rooting softwood cuttings with our step-by-step advice and you'll be able to use these skills for more complex cuttings. 10cm flower potCuttings compostPerlite (optional)Sharp knifeRooting hormone liquid (optional)Polythene bag
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...
Learn how to grow overwintering onions for an early crop the following summer, with Chris Beardshaw's video advice. The video includes tips on spacing and planting depth.autumnMore advice on growing onionsRead Pippa Greenwood's blog on growing garlic and onionsMonty Don's guide t...
Follow Chris Beardshaw's advice on helping garden birds in spring. He explains the different feeding requirements of young and adult birds, how birds can help with pest control and offers tips on positioning nesting boxes.springMore on garden birds
Consult Joe Swift's video guide to buying the right lawn mower for your garden lawn. Joe talks through the fors and againsts of different models, including push cylinder, electric, cylinder, petrol cylinder, an environmentally friendly ethanol
Learn how to carry out basic lawn mower maintenance on a petrol lawn mower, with Monty's video demonstration, including how to remove grass debris, check oil levels, and check blade edges.all-year-roundMore lawn mower adviceAdvice on maintaining lawn mowersVideo guide to choosing...