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Parsnip soup

I’ve finally managed to harvest the parsnips. You need to wait until the leaves die down before lifting them, but that was in the middle of Christmas. When I finally had a few minutes to spare, it was...

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Last minute gardening gifts for Christmas

As a last minute gardening gift, it's still not too late to place your order for an item from the Genus range, and be sure of getting it delivered before Christmas.

The Genus range of gardening clothes has...

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John Harrison's old gardening trousers

John Harrison bought a pair of Genus gardening trousers and took this photo of his old ones before throwing them away.  He says:

"I tend to kneel down when I'm gardening and every single pair of trousers that...

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Yellow rattle

It was interesting that Monty Don opened today's programme on the Great British Garden Revival with an explanation of how yellow rattle helps wildflower meadows to grow.  It was only two days ago that we sowed yellow rattle...

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The Telegraph recommends Genus!

The Telegraph recommends Genus Performance Gardenwear as a great Christmas gift for gardeners.

The Gardening section of the newspaper on Saturday 30 November featured a brilliant photo of Fiona harvesting potatoes in the Genus garden.  She's wearing the...

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Patricia Deacon's old gardening clothes

We are asking keen gardeners to send in photos of their old gardening clothes, and in return we're giving them a free pair of Genus socks.

Thanks very much to Patricia Deacon for this wonderful image.  In her...

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November means leaves

For some people, November means moustaches, but for us gardeners November means leaves.

There are more than fifty trees in the Genus garden at Field Cottage.  We have a spinney at each end where mainly sycamores have seeded...

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Say goodbye to allergies when gardening

Gardening offers many health benefits: it increases flexibility, provides a workout, helps to keep you supple and can even boost your mood, alleviating depression and anxiety. But for allergy sufferers, gardening can become very challenging, even during the...

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Gardening show aims to revive interest in allotments

A new gardening show hosted by Fern Britton will air on BBC in early 2014. ‘Grow, Make, Eat: The Great Allotment Challenge’ will be a gardening show with a difference; a contest for 9 pairs of amateur gardeners...

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Old clothes for new

Do your gardening clothes look like this?

We're fascinated by what people wear when they're gardening.

Email us your images and tell us what you like/hate about your clothes.

If we publish them we'll send you a free...

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A gardening revival for all ages

A new BBC series could see thousands of people who have lost their passion for gardening take an interest once again. ‘Great British Garden Revival’ is a 10-part series which will offer ideas and tips to people who...

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Gardening for SAD relief

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is often also referred to as winter blues or winter depression, and affects up to 20% of the population annually. It’s a type of depression which occurs seasonally, with symptoms including sleeping more, a...

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Grow vegetables for a healthy body and mind

Gardening has been proven to have health benefits for everyone, particularly the over 60s, and helps to de-stress your body and mind. So why not use your garden to grow vegetables which you can use to create hearty, healthy...

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Gardening significantly reduces heart attack risk in over 60s

A study of over 4,000 people in Stockholm, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, has showed that regular daily gardening can prolong life by up to 30 per cent for those over 60, whilst cutting the...

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100 years of sustainable gardening

Sustainable gardening is nothing new: the concept actually came about during the First World War (1914-1918) with the invention of so-called ‘Victory Gardens' in which vegetables, fruit and herbs were grown in public parks as well as private...

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Monty Don says compulsory gardens would develop young people

Monty Don, presenter of the BBC programme Gardeners' World, has put forward his views that everyone in the UK should have access to a garden or allotment, especially young people between the crucial ages of 10 and...

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Five fantastic examples of urban gardening

Sometimes, the best things are those which are unexpected, such as a garden on the roof of a tower block!  Urban gardening is a movement sweeping the nation – here are just five of the most stunning examples...

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Horticultural therapy for veterans

The charity Thrive has recently launched a new project, ‘Down to Earth’ in Gateshead and the West Midlands, aimed at helping ex-service personnel living with mental ill health or physical disability to  develop horticultural skills and possibly even launch a...

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Great blogs for growing vegetables

Growing your own vegetables is a great way to ensure you know exactly where your five a day is coming from, so with that in mind, here are a few of the web’s best blogs for growing vegetables...

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University gets students gardening

It seems gardening hasn’t just come to schools – it’s making its way to universities as well, starting with the University of Newcastle which has announced a number of innovative projects to get its students gardening.

‘Grow your own’...

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Gardening comes to the classroom

Hidden among the more contentious educational reforms put forward by the government is a proposal to include gardening on the National Curriculum for students aged 7 to 14. The idea is to teach children and young people the...

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