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The Archers

Calling all fans of The Archers. We've had the shocking death of Nigel Pargetter, a cameo appearance by The Duchess of Cornwall, but what else is in store for the residents of Ambridge in this the programme's 60th anniversary year?

The soil food chain © Lotte Oldfield
Gardens

Think of your garden soil as a living organism that needs gentle handling and you will reap the benefits in healthier plants, urges Charles Dowding in the second part of his series about soil.

Hayter mower to win

We've three superb recycling mowers to be won, worth £674 each

Orchard in blossom

Spring is here, buds are swelling fast and there's early blossoms on the bough. Here are the best places in the UK to see blossom trees in bloom. 

Polemonium ‘Lambrook Mauve’ © Rachel Warne
Plants

John Hoyland continues his 'Nurseryman's Favourites' series and suggests some joyful additions to your April planting. This month, his selection includes Polemonium ‘Lambrook Mauve’ – a dainty jewel in any cottage garden.

 

Opera in the garden at West Green House
Gardens

GARDENS ILLUSTRATED presents a selection of gardens hosting impressive operas this summer.

No-dig soil masterclass 1
Gardens

Generations of gardeners have been told that digging is the best way to prepare soil for planting – but that’s a myth, according to revolutionary grower Charles Dowding and his ‘no-dig’ method.

Preparing veg beds
Gardens

Get your gardening year off to a good start and you will reap the benefits all summer. Here's some topical tips from BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time panellist Matthew Biggs

Tim Smit at the Eden Project
Gardens

This year the Eden Project in Cornwall celebrates its 10th birthday. We talk to Eden's creator and guiding light Tim Smit as he reflects on the achievements of the last decade and looks ahead to the next.

Fritillaria meleagris var. unicolor subvar. alba © Rachel Warne
Plants

In his series of 'Nurseryman's Favourites', John Hoyland greets springtime with open arms. His March selection includes Fritillaria meleagris var. unicolor subvar. alba - the epitomy of springtime elegance.  

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