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Category archives: Gardening with Expert Gardener Gareth Richards

Giving the gift of life

I know I’m biased, but what better Christmas present for a loved one than a plant? And what better kind of plant to buy than a houseplant, bringing a taste of tropical summ[...]

Look to the future now…

Back in the summer, a friend of mine served me some delicious pink elderflower cordial. When I asked what she’d put in it, she replied “nothing - it’s from my red elder!” I cou[...]

What rot!

As leaves fall, remnants of Halloween pumpkins rot steadily by the roadsides and mushrooms burst forth under almost every tree, my thoughts turn to death and decay. It’s not a [...]

The Final Push

      As November fast approaches, it feels like every season other than winter. Like a strange and surreal echo of spring, my latest batch of autumn cr[...]

Eating autumn leaves

 Mid October might seem an odd time to be writing about the joys of home-grown salad, but let me assure you - there’s plenty to be nibbling on at this time of year. My successiona[...]

Not-so buried treasure

Autumn arrived with a bump last week. On Friday, as I cycled to the allotment to feed the chickens before work I noticed an unfamiliar chill in the air, and a rush of gold infusing[...]

Daffodils

Daffodils. There can be few flowers which conjure up such an instant, well-defined image: cheery ranks of bright yellow knee-high flowers in mid-April. For many people that’s where[...]

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