ETBT1G Foxgloves in a cottage garden. Path leading to hut.

  There’s so much to celebrate about footloose and fancy-free self-seeders. These plants are annuals, biennials or perennials that simply scatter copious amounts of seed. For this reason, they pop…

CP43B7 Gradener mowing the lawn in april. Cutting the grass. Gardening jobs

  Measure twice, cut once. If you want to do something well it pays to do it twice, whether you’re pruning – check twice before you cut – or planting…

On test: Lawn seed and fertiliser spreaders

Distributing lawn seed for a new lawn, or to thicken up your existing grass, can be a haphazard business if it’s broadcast by hand. The same applies to lawn feed,…

The summer holidays can be stressful if you’ve got children and they get bored. Bickering will quickly set in. It is beyond most household budgets to go on expensive outings…

How to make crystallised flowers

Crystallised flowers make marvellous cup cake toppers, says Katherine Miller There are many edible flowers available but we have used violas, which are perfectly safe to eat. Wash the flowers…

Garden games for children - great holiday projects

We had our own sports day in the garden with a ‘welly race’ and a ‘sack race’, and made some simple small games for everyone to play, says Katherine Miller…

Growing sunflowers with children - a great kids project

There’s a lot of chanting in our house: “First the worst, second the best, third the one with the hairy chest…” (I try and come 4th to escape the hairy…

Water fun - safe water activities for children

Messing about with water is great fun, and although every parent is aware that just 2in (5cm) of water can be a danger to a toddler, there are lots of…

How to make a scarecrow and a bird scarer - a great project for children

For several nights, the unfinished, faceless body of a scarecrow laying in the dining room made me jump out of my skin, so I was pleased when we put his…

Sowing cress seed with small children

My two-year-old enjoyed finding tiny containers (his toy cars!) in which to grow his cress seeds, and he was delighted to see it sprouting the very next day. Tips on…