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Category archives: Gardening with Expert Gardener Gareth Richards

Grow your own…mistletoe

Mistletoe is a strange and mysterious plant. Growing high off the ground with no roots and remaining stubbornly green throughout the whole winter, its white berries shine out a[...]

The year that was... 2014

  2014 was the year where I discovered the joy of growing crops (except squashes) from my own saved seeds; three characterful, mischievous chickens joined me at the allotme[...]

Hello Vera!

Said in a mock cockney accent, Aloe vera is one plant name which always makes me laugh. It’s also one of my desert island plants…beautiful, tough, reliable and above all, useful. [...]

Everybody loves a freebie

Christmas is coming… and if like me, you feel like all your spare cash is evaporating faster than courgettes turn to marrows in July, then read on. This week’s blog is about the fr[...]

Help for (garden) heroes

  Although it’s often said that dogs are man’s best friend, I suspect if we really thought about who our allies are in the animal world, creatures with six legs wou[...]

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 [...]

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