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Win one of ten tubes of GroChar Soil Improver

Have you heard about GroChar? It’s a form of biochar that helps the environment in two ways – it locks away carbon dioxide normally released by decomposing plant matter, and when added to soils it acts as an effective improver. Here's your chance to win a tube to try it for yourself.

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GroChar soil improver

Have you heard about GroChar? It’s a form of biochar that helps the environment in two ways – it locks away carbon dioxide normally released by decomposing plant matter, and when added to soils it acts as an effective improver. Here's your chance to win a tube to try it for yourself.

 

 

Biochar is a form of charcoal that is made specifically for use as a soil improver. Carbon Gold’s GroChar is a special recipe that helps biochar work quickly and effectively to stabilise nutrients in your soil – and improve plant health. Enter our competition for your chance to try GroChar for yourself.

Flowering vegetables

The kitchen garden is back, and with it the complete experience of sowing, growing and eating. Yet vegetables can be so much more than just food; they can improve ecology, encourage birds and bees, offer colour and seeds. You could even take it one step further and bring flowers from the vegetable plot inside. 

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Flowering veg bouquet c. Peter Bauwens

The kitchen garden is back, and with it the complete experience of sowing, growing and eating. Yet vegetables can be so much more than just food; they can improve ecology, encourage birds and bees, offer colour and seeds. You could even take it one step further and bring flowers from the vegetable plot inside. 

All vegetables produce flowers, even though most people with a vegetable garden have never seen them. When we look at vegetables as flowering plants, there are roughly two types. Most vegetables produce flowers in order to form an edible product. Peas, beans and pumpkins are examples. So when you cut these flowers, you don’t get the food.

What will our gardens look like in 2013?

We asked ten of the top garden designers to give us their thoughts on what the latest garden trends will be in the year ahead.

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Prairie planting

We asked ten of the top garden designers to give us their thoughts on what the latest garden trends will be in the year ahead.

With sustainability in our gardens now a given, and with continued economic concerns, what might our gardens look like in the coming year?

Winter walks for gardeners

The poetic beauty of many landscapes is particularly affecting in winter, so it’s worth making the effort to enjoy some of the finest scenery the country has to offer. What better way to enjoy a winter’s day? 

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RHS Harlow Carr in winter c.RHS

The poetic beauty of many landscapes is particularly affecting in winter, so it’s worth making the effort to enjoy some of the finest scenery the country has to offer. What better way to enjoy a winter’s day? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Dixter's Gardening Year: a new series of seasonal study days 2013

Great Dixter's new monthly Study Days for 2013 allow you to see the garden in all its glory from season to season, plus gain inspiration and gardening knowledge

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Great Dixter c. Joe Rodriguez

Great Dixter's new monthly Study Days for 2013 allow you to see the garden in all its glory from season to season, plus gain inspiration and gardening knowledge

  

 

 

 

Crocus offers 15% discount to readers

Online plant retailer Crocus is offering readers a 15% discount this month on their plant range - and many of their products  

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Crocus 15% discount

Online plant retailer Crocus is offering readers a 15% discount this month on their plant range - and many of their products  

Online plant retailer Crocus is offering readers a 15% discount across their range this month*.

Save 15% on fruit trees from Pomona Fruits

Pomona Fruits are offering readers a 15% discount on an exciting selection of fruit trees including apple, pear, plum and medlar.

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Reader offer on Pomona fruit trees

Pomona Fruits are offering readers a 15% discount on an exciting selection of fruit trees including apple, pear, plum and medlar.

Now is the perfect time to plant and establish fruit trees. Fruit specialists Pomona Fruitsoffer a good range of trees of both traditional fruit varieties and some exciting new cultivars. We’ve chosen a selection of both culinary and dessert fruits including apple, pear plum and medlar that represent the best of British. GARDENS ILLUSTRATED readers can buy these at a special 15% discount.

Book Review - Gardens: Their Hidden Life

Garden columnist Francine Raymond reviews Colin Spedding's book Gardens: Their Hidden Life and discovers that his aim is to get us thinking about our gardens as important wildlife habitats with all the flora and fauna they support (even the pests and weeds).

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Gardens Their Hidden Life by Colin Spedding

Garden columnist Francine Raymond reviews Colin Spedding's book Gardens: Their Hidden Life and discovers that his aim is to get us thinking about our gardens as important wildlife habitats with all the flora and fauna they support (even the pests and weeds).

Gardens: their Hidden Life - Unnoticed plants and unseen animals
by Colin Spedding
Bloomsbury, £25
ISBN 978 1408158685

Special subscription offer at 2012's flower shows

Get a free Sneeboer fork when you subscribe to GARDENS ILLUSTRATED at the Chelsea Flower Show, BBC Gardeners' World Live, Coombe Trenchard's Arts & Crafts Garden Festival, or the Cottesbrooke Gardeners' Fair.

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Sneeboer Gardens Illustrated-stamped fork

Get a free Sneeboer fork when you subscribe to GARDENS ILLUSTRATED at the Chelsea Flower Show, BBC Gardeners' World Live, Coombe Trenchard's Arts & Crafts Garden Festival, or the Cottesbrooke Gardeners' Fair.

Subscribe to GARDENS ILLUSTRATED at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22-26 May 2012), Coombe Trenchard Arts & Crafts Garden Festival (1-2 June 2012), BBC Gardeners’ World Live (13-17 June 2012), or Cottesbrooke Gardeners' Fair (22-24 June 2012) and you can choose a FREE gift as part of your su

Cottesbrooke Gardeners' Fair 2012

Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Fair takes place from 22-24 June and is held in the stunning grounds of Cottesbrooke Hall in Northamptonshire. Not only is this a perfectly lovely way to spend a summer's day buying plants, but you can also meet the GARDENS ILLUSTRATED team - and take advantage of a great subscription offer.

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Cottesbrooke Gardeners' Fair 22-24 June c. Andrew Montgomery

Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Fair takes place from 22-24 June and is held in the stunning grounds of Cottesbrooke Hall in Northamptonshire. Not only is this a perfectly lovely way to spend a summer's day buying plants, but you can also meet the GARDENS ILLUSTRATED team - and take advantage of a great subscription offer.