Tools & Equipment

Book of the Month: No Dig Organic Home & Garden

During the summer holidays, why not find read up on the no dig method. Here, gardener and writer Lia Leendertz reviews the latest book on the matter. 

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No Dig Organic Home & Garden

During the summer holidays, why not find read up on the no dig method. Here, gardener and writer Lia Leendertz reviews the latest book on the matter. 

 

 

 

No Dig Organic Home & Garden

by Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty
Permanent Publications, £19.95

ISBN 978-1856233019

 

The no dig method explained, followed by advanced growing ideas and a
catalogue of ways to use your produce.

9 of the best pocket-knives

Nine cutting-edge pocket knives for the discerning gardener.

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Pocket knives for gardeners

Nine cutting-edge pocket knives for the discerning gardener.

Here's our pick of the best pocket knives for the garden.

 

OAK HANDLE
Compact Pruning Knife,
£37.99, Burgon & Ball,
burgonandball.com

 

 

 

 

Five lessons for a city space

In the June issue of Gardens Illustrated, we visit James Hitchmough's small Sheffield garden, which serves as his own private test bed for planting ideas. Here he gives five lessons for creating a beautiful and manageable garden in an urban space. 

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Five lessons for a city garden

In the June issue of Gardens Illustrated, we visit James Hitchmough's small Sheffield garden, which serves as his own private test bed for planting ideas. Here he gives five lessons for creating a beautiful and manageable garden in an urban space. 

James Hitchmough is Professor of Horticultural Environment in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Sheffield University. His own urban garden in the city is a test bed for his scholarly work and the stylised meadow he has created unfolds from one season to the next.

Reader offer on foxglove collections

Choose from our exclusive foxglove collections, put together for readers by Terry Baker of The Botanic Nursery.

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Digitalis offer with The Botanic Nursery

Choose from our exclusive foxglove collections, put together for readers by Terry Baker of The Botanic Nursery.

Foxgloves are popular in mixed plantings, giving height and colour to borders and more naturalised plantings (see our plant profile in the June 2017 issue no248).

Gardens Illustrated readers can enjoy their stately shapes and mixed colours with our choice of four collections, put together for readers by Terry Baker of The Botanic Nursery. Each collection offers a slightly varied appeal to suit any style of garden.

10 essentials for visiting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Ten must-have items, as recommended by the Gardens Illustrated team, that will ensure your visit to RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a treat from start to finish. 

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Top 10 tips for Chelsea

Ten must-have items, as recommended by the Gardens Illustrated team, that will ensure your visit to RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a treat from start to finish. 

 

Don't let the excitement of a ticket for the Chelsea Flower Show let you forget the essentials - those little, simple, obvious bits and pieces that will help to make your day at Chelsea run as smoothly as possible.

GI columnist Jojo Tulloh wins award

Hurrah! Gardener, cook and food writer Jojo Tulloh wins a Fortnum & Mason Food Food and Drink Award for her column in Gardens Illustrated

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Jojo Tulloh award

Hurrah! Gardener, cook and food writer Jojo Tulloh wins a Fortnum & Mason Food Food and Drink Award for her column in Gardens Illustrated

If you’ve read our columnist Jojo Tulloh’s regular writings in the magazine you’ll already know how inspiring her words are on vegetable growing and creating seasonal dishes from home-grown produce (accompanied by Sarah Young's gorgeous illustrations).

 

 

 

The best supports for climbing plants

 Don't forget to give your plants the support they need to flourish in the garden. Here are nine of the best designs for climbing plants. 

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The best supports for climbing plants

 Don't forget to give your plants the support they need to flourish in the garden. Here are nine of the best designs for climbing plants. 

Support your climbing plants this season with one of these nine designs

 

MAKE AN ENTRANCE
Gothic Arch,
(270 x 120cm), £305, Muntons,
muntons.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get planting this Easter

The Easter break marks the busiest periods for plant nurseries across the country. We ask plant experts to give us their tips on what to look for when buying plants to ensure garden success.

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Spring planting c. Andrew Montgomery

The Easter break marks the busiest periods for plant nurseries across the country. We ask plant experts to give us their tips on what to look for when buying plants to ensure garden success.

While the shops are teeming with novelty rabbits and oversized chocolate eggs, garden nurseries are preparing for what traditionally has been their busiest time. 

The promise of warmer spring weather tempts people out into the garden and the long Easter break is often the first opportunity of the year for gardeners to start planting and to stock up on potting-shed essentials for the season ahead.

 

Weather-watching in the garden

Nine of the best barometers, thermometers and weathervanes to help you keep an eye on the weather. 

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Weather-watching in the garden

Nine of the best barometers, thermometers and weathervanes to help you keep an eye on the weather. 

British weather is notoriously unpredictable and for any gardener, it is frustrating when a strong wind or hard frost sweeps in and damages fragile plants. Here, we've compiled a list of barometers, thermometers and weathervanes, which will help you to keep a closer eye on the weather.

INDUSTRIAL
Stainless Steel Outdoor Weather Station,
£153, Manufactum,
manufactum.co.uk

Nine of the best hose reels

Gardens Illustrated pick nine designs to help you tidy away your garden hose.

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Nine of the best hose reels

Gardens Illustrated pick nine designs to help you tidy away your garden hose.

Nine designs to help tidy away your garden hose. 

QUICK FIX
Tap Hose Hanger,
£7.50, Garden Trading

 

 

 

 

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