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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Time To Get Green Fingered

Spring has sprung and it’s time to turn your attention outdoors.  Whether you’re the proud owner of a window box, a tiny back yard, a well-tended allotment or acres of majestic parkland, you’ll want to get the best from your outside space.  

You may be a total novice or a green-fingered God wanting troubleshooting tips - whatever your gardening pedigree, there's a magazine title on the market that can fit your needs. So, let us plant some ideas in your head now and see those grand plans begin to blossom.

Getting Started?
If you don’t yet know your daisies from your dahlias and your hardy perennials from your herbaceous plants, then an Amateur Gardening subscription contains all you need to get you up to your armpits in soil – and loving it. For a start you’ll find a packet of seeds mounted on each issue of Amateur Gardening, with related cover features such as ‘Bright Ideas for Bulbs’, ‘Easy Annuals’ and ‘Pennywise Gardening’ designed to get you growing right away.   

Flexing Your Green Fingers?
For seasoned gardeners, a BBC Gardener’s World magazine subscription offers amazing value for money.  A partner to the much-loved series, this title offers advice from the great and the good in the industry on everything from pest control to pruning and compost.  Much admired experts such as Alan Titchmarsh and Monty Don feature heavily in BBC Gardener's World and there is a handy month by month guide to vital jobs in the garden – so you’re not planting when you should be pruning or watering when you should be weeding!

Growing Your Own?
With food prices rocketing, there’s never been a better time to start growing your own fruit and vegetables. A Kitchen Garden subscription will help you ensure that you’re top of the crops when it comes to… well, your crops.  You’ll find unbeatable practical advice in Kitchen Garden – from pages for those gardening in pots on balconies or terraces, to getting the most from your raised beds or allotment.  Plus, there are specific features and growing guides on seasonal produce throughout the year.  A veritable treasure-trove.

Creating an Idyll?
The stunning photographic spreads in The English Garden magazine make this magazine a wonderful addition to coffee or bedside tables. It is a bible for those wanting to create an English country idyll or outdoor oasis of calm.  Focusing on beautiful, yet achievable gardens around the UK, The English Garden is packed with wonderful spaces to inspire.

Tips from head gardeners working on huge estates such as Sissinghurst sit side-by-side with practical advice from creative garden owners with years of experience under their belts.  You’ll also find reviews of garden hardware such as bootscrapers, benches and water-features. The title to pick for everything from attracting wildlife to your garden to planting your own meadow of wildflowers.

Keeping an Eye on Design?
If you see your garden as a stylish extension of your house, then you’re right on the money. We’re taking pride in our living space as never before, and that includes our gardens. A subscription to Homes & Gardens magazine will help you extend your own particular design vision from interiors to exteriors.

Each issue features ‘at-home’ shoots in stylish properties boasting stunning outdoor spaces where the onus is well and truly on fresh and exciting design.  Whether you’ve a roof terrace or a sizeable plot you’re keen to sculpt, you’ll find ideas for garden lighting, inspiration for garden entertaining and ways to generally blur the line between indoor and outside living. 

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