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The soil food chain © Lotte Oldfield

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

There’s no doubting that with the recent sunny weather, spring is now upon us. Buds are swelling fast and there's early blossoms on the bough.

Polemonium ‘Lambrook Mauve’ © Rachel Warne

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

No-dig soil masterclass 1

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

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

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

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.  

Snowdrop display at The Garden House

I know so many people who are champing at the bit for the clocks to change and who seem to have existed in a state of suspended animation over the winter. It doesn’t have to be like that.

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