Spring has just arrived, so make a list of essential jobs, wring out your gardening gear and get ready for the growing season

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Primroses, violets and the other early arrivals bring delight, reminding us that winter is over

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The first of the hardy annuals are through, breaking the winter spell with their promise of glorious colour

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Trees of life

09.03.14


Planting a tree that will almost certainly outlive you is a humbling experience – especially if it's a native oak

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After a warm winter it's tempting to imagine that spring is with us. But beware – March can be a cruel month.

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A last careful winter pruning session sets your garden up nicely for the flowering season – and for years to come

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Winter jewels

09.02.14


With their flashes of brilliant colour and startling scent, winter-flowering plants are the buried treasures of the garden

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Down to Earth

02.02.14


Get your garden off to a good start this spring by preparing your soil. Now's the time to add compost and manure

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