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Dream Gardens: Home in bloom for winter

WHEN Mother Nature forces you to spend more time indoors it's good to bring the garden in with you - and no, I don't mean on your feet.

Dream Gardens: Tools care that cuts costs

GARDENING may well be a triumph of nurture over nature but there is only so much you can do with your bare hands. Taming nature demands the right tools of the trade and they need an occasional spot of nurturing themselves.

Dream Gardens: Spook-tacular specimens

HALLOWEEN recalls our superstitious past, as we do have some truly curious notions about herbs and plants going back centuries. "From ghosties and ghoulies and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us," goes the old Scottish prayer.

Dream Gardens: Room for an old favourite

CYCLAMEN are among the most traditional of winter pot plants, old faithfuls that our grandparents treasured and kept for many years like old friends. Nowadays, sadly, these little darlings are often written off as dull, ordinary and old-fashioned.

Dream Gardens: Jobs to fill winter months

ACROSS the country people will be heaving a sigh of relief as they shove the gardening tools in the shed one last time and bang the door shut. British Summer Time is officially over in a fortnight and for some that spells the close of the gardening season and the start of some long lie-ins at the weekend.

Time to get into a scrape, SAYS ALAN TITCHMARSH

AS a small boy, I sometimes got myself into scrapes.

Garden News: A look of shear delight

A well-established hedge provides far more benefits than a static, wooden fence. It will undoubtedly last longer and require a minimum of maintenance over the course of its lifetime.

Dream Gardens: Feast on medieval medlars

THE surge in fruit growing has seen a lot of kitchen gardeners branching out from everyday apples, pears and plums into more unusual edibles and one of the strangest is the medlar.It?s what horticulturists call a ?curiosity?.

The ripe time to revitalise, says ALAN TITCHMARSH

GARDENS go through three distinct phases: newly planted, at their peak and over the hill. And since most of us move home only when we have to ? on average every 23 years, according to a poll by Zoopla ? a lot of mature gardens are ripe for rejuvenation.

Dream Gardens: Sow the seeds of a thrifty planting regime

IF YOU want to cut down on your gardening bill, here?s a tip that will save pounds. Keep any half-empty packets of veg or flower seeds left over at the end of this season, store them and use them up next year.