How to make a Christmas table decoration - a great project for kids

Wherever we are, whenever a candle is lit, my 3-year-old sings ‘Happy Birthday’ – mainly to himself – before blowing out the flame, so keeping our lovely table centrepiece alight…

how to make compost

The easiest way to start composting at home is to invest in a compost-maker. Most garden centres will stock two sizes: 220-litres or 330-litres. The golden rule is to buy…

prune roses

To ensure you achieve the healthiest and best-shaped roses, which in turn give you the best flowers, you need to prune roses annually – and this can be carried out…

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If you have a heated propagator or a space on a warm, bright windowsill, sow tomatoes seeds at the end of January or start of February. Here’s how to sow…

holly

Hollies are either male or female – only the females berry. Very few are self-fertile, so a female generally needs a male nearby (in the same garden or a neighbour’s)…

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  To grow Christmas roses start off by buying cheaper ‘tester’ Helleborus niger in smaller pots. If possible, buy your Christmas roses in flower, looking for rounded blooms and plenty of healthy…

Silver Christmas container

For a cool, sophisticated look choose white and silver plants and embellish them with silver decorations and bright lights. This display will look classy for many months and the cineraria…

Snowdrops / aconites / AG garden

1. Eranthis hyemalis The golden glow of this charming low-growing winter perennial is a heartwarming sight indeed. The flower is set within deep green leaves. The winter aconite will thrive…

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Our expert on Amateur Gardening shows you how to protect ferns in your garden during the winter months. Our winters can get very cold and the frost and snow can…

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Our Amateur Gardening expert shows you how to pot amaryllis bulbs to give colour in your home. This is an easy job but produces great results in a very short…