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Top 10 natural hand creams for gardeners

Working in the garden is wearing on the hands. Here are our top ten, hard-working hand creams perfect for gardeners. 

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Top 10 natural hand creams for gardeners

Working in the garden is wearing on the hands. Here are our top ten, hard-working hand creams perfect for gardeners. 

Gardeners spend their time digging, weeding, planting and picking. Often the hardest work is done when the weather is cold and even if your hands are covered in a pair of gloves, the bitter weather sneaks through and plays havoc with your hands and can leave skin looking worn, chapped and dry. Although skin can cope with a little toughening up every now and again, in the long term, you need to protect your cells from premature ageing.

All natural and environmentally conscious, here are 10 of our favourite hand creams that we think are especially beneficial for gardeners. 

Outdoor Christmas lights

Bring the joy of Christmas lights out into the garden this year with one of these enchanting designs. 

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Outdoor Christmas lights

Bring the joy of Christmas lights out into the garden this year with one of these enchanting designs. 

In the run up to Christmas, the garden is often forgotten while the house fills up with festive decorations. In the December issue, Kristy Ramage brings the joy of Christmas lighting to her garden in Monmouthshire and creates six enchanting designs that help to lighten up gloomy winter nights. 

 

Christmas at the Gardens Illustrated Shop

Find the perfect Christmas gift for the discerning gardener at the Gardens Illustrated Shop.

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Gardens Illustrated Shop

Find the perfect Christmas gift for the discerning gardener at the Gardens Illustrated Shop.

Choose from our selection of great gardening items this Christmas and delight your friends and family. Plus, if you're a subscriber you get a discount on the recommended prices.

PLEASE NOTE: Last order date for Christmas gifts is Thursday 17th December 2015.

Hedgehog Day

21 November is Hedgehog Day. Rapidly in decline, this small spiny mammal needs your support to survive. Here are five simple ways in which you can help. 

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Hedgehog day

21 November is Hedgehog Day. Rapidly in decline, this small spiny mammal needs your support to survive. Here are five simple ways in which you can help. 

In the last 10 years, Hedgehog numbers have fallen by 30 per cent. Today there are estimated to be fewer than 1 million hedgehogs left in the UK. The reasons for this dramatic decline are thought to be reduced hedgerow quality; the over-management of parks and green space; loss of gardens to paving/decking; pesticides and increased fencing.

The best Christmas gifts for gardeners

No matter if the gardener in your life is passionate about wildlife, fanatical about veg growing or simply loves cut flowers, Gardens Illustrated has found the best Christmas gifts for gardeners. 

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Best Christmas gifts for gardeners

No matter if the gardener in your life is passionate about wildlife, fanatical about veg growing or simply loves cut flowers, Gardens Illustrated has found the best Christmas gifts for gardeners. 

Finding the perfect gift for friends or family is no easy task, which is why Gardens Illustrated has created a guide to help you find the best Christmas gift for the green-fingered gardener in your life. 

 

The wildlife gardener

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Sedona terracotta bird house, £28, Anthropologie

Apple and tamarind chutney

Think ahead and pickle yourself the perfect chutney ready for Christmas. 

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Apple chutney

Think ahead and pickle yourself the perfect chutney ready for Christmas. 

How to make Apple and tamarind chutney

 

Food writer and allotmenteer Jojo Tulloh makes a home-made pickle now, which will be ready to eat in a month’s time (for Christmas). The sweet apple benefits from the tang of the tamarind, the sour pulp extracted from the bean of the tamarind tree.

Ingredients

Ideas for Halloween pumpkins

Halloween is just around the corner and with the rise of social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram, the pressure is on to create a show-stopper of a pumpkin. Here's a few ideas to get you started. 

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Halloween pumpkins

Halloween is just around the corner and with the rise of social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram, the pressure is on to create a show-stopper of a pumpkin. Here's a few ideas to get you started. 

With the abundance of squash ready to be harvested in the garden, the creative fun of halloween can be a welcome way to use up surplus crops. Originally the Pagan festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), the holiday marked the official end of the harvest season. Samhain also marked the time of year when the veil between the two worlds was particularly thin, allowing the dead spirits to cross into the world of the living.

Celebrate Apple day

Celebrate one of Britain's best loved fruits, the apple. Launched in 1990 by Common Ground, Apple Day on 21 October is now an annual autumn event. 

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Apple day

Celebrate one of Britain's best loved fruits, the apple. Launched in 1990 by Common Ground, Apple Day on 21 October is now an annual autumn event. 

The apple is a firm favourite in the British fruit bowl, but peel back it's humble exterior and you'll realise that the apple has a huge part to play in our culture and the ecology around us. Set up in 1990 by the charity Common Ground, Apple Day was intended to be both a celebration of the fruit's diversity and a demonstration of the variety of apples we are in danger of losing.

9 of the best fire pits

Enjoy autumn evenings with one of these stylish fire pits. 

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Firepits (Arpe Studio)

Enjoy autumn evenings with one of these stylish fire pits. 

Fire pits are the new 'must-have' in any garden; you can have a bonfire without burning the grass, keep kids entertained with roasting marshmallows or just enjoy wrapping up in a blanket and socialising with friends. Here are nine designs for you to choose from. 

 

HAND-FINISHED STEEL

National Honey Week 2015

The British Beekeepers Association is hosting National Honey Week, 25-31 October 2015, to both celebrate the honey harvest and to keep reminding us of the importance of the honey bee. Read our ten interesting facts about these dedicated winged workers. 

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Honey Week

The British Beekeepers Association is hosting National Honey Week, 25-31 October 2015, to both celebrate the honey harvest and to keep reminding us of the importance of the honey bee. Read our ten interesting facts about these dedicated winged workers. 

Our relationship with honey is long-lived and as a result, a deep respect for the honey bee has developed. Honey is used in many different ways, from baking to beauty and is believed to have many healing properties because of its anti-bacterial qualities.

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