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Big ideas for little plots: Winter crops for cold frames

Big ideas for little plots: Winter crops for cold frames

You don't need a bevy of greenhouses to grow over winter: a frost-free cold frame (with some gentle heat or bubble-wrap protection) can still be productive. Here's three to try... Read more »

Trade secrets

Trade secrets

You don't need lots of expensive equipment to grow your own mushrooms, as enthusiast Stephen Russell shows in his book,
The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms (Storey Publishing, £17.99). Read more »

Step-by-step: Forced rhubarb

Step-by-step: Forced rhubarb

The tender flushed stems of forced rhubarb can brighten even the greyest January day. Read more »

Out & about: January

Out & about: January

Your guide to events of interest this coming month Read more »

Step-by-step: Winter focus on fruit

Step-by-step: Winter focus on fruit

December is a good time to give fruit trees and plants some attention, whether pruning, potting up or planting out. So make sure your new year is a fruitful one and get going now… Read more »

Out & about: December

Out & about: December

Your guide to events of interest this coming month Read more »

Big ideas for little plots: Wildlife window box

Big ideas for little plots: Wildlife window box

Wildlife gardens don't have to be big – try packing in some food and shelter for garden wildlife in a winter window box with these ideas. Read more »

Trade secrets

Trade secrets

Judith Conroy, from Garden Organic, gives her tips for growing, harvesting and using chicory in the kitchen this winter. Read more »

Step-by-step Make a homemade tunnel cloche

Step-by-step Make a homemade tunnel cloche

Cloches protect crops over winter and extend harvesting time, but ready-made tunnels can often be flimsy and small. So why not make a larger, sturdy version with some builder's yard basics… Read more »