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A container vegetable garden

Plant a container veg garden and pick delicious home-grown produce even if you don’t have much garden space – or if you’ve filled up your garden and still want to grow more!

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National Children's Gardening Week

The initiative, now in its fourth year, is backed by the Greenfingers Charity and National Garden Gift Voucher and Gift Card Schemes. It’s an annual festival of fun for everyone, whether you garden at a school garden, with a community group or just in your own back garden.

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Plant of the Week: Banana Plant

Team these lush, leafy plants with other tropical-look beauties such as bamboos, cannas or hardy palms to transport yourself to the Caribbean every time you step outside your back door.

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Coming up: the Chelsea Flower Show

Ten show gardens will strut their stuff on main avenue. Among the highlights are Sarah Price’s creation for show sponsor M&G, described as a sensual garden of water, earth, light and shadow.

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Do the Chelsea Chop

It works best on late-flowering perennials, including sedum, phlox, heleniums, echinacea, anthemis and solidago.

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Plant of the Week: Chilli pepper

Chilli peppers are great fun to grow and make gorgeous plants with their lipstick-red, purple, yellow or orange fruits and brilliant green foliage.

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Annual flowers

Sow annual flowers now for a spectacular display of colour and beauty later in the summer.

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What to do in the garden in May?

It’s a good time of year to be a gardener – so here are the jobs you can be getting on with this month! 

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International Dawn Chorus Day

There’s a good reason to get up early this weekend – it’s International Dawn Chorus Day! 

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Plant of the Week: Lettuce

Packed with flavour, crunchy and sweet, when you first bite into a lettuce leaf fresh-cut from the garden it’ll spoil you for shop-bought forever.

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