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How to make a garden rainbow

Garden Organic are tasking children to create a rainbow from seeds, leaves or petals this month to show their support for NHS and key workers…

Jobs to dig into in the garden in June

A juicy gem in the gardener’s calendar, June offers sowings, sunshine and succulent produce galore 

8 ways to get kids gardening

During National Children’s Gardening Week, I chatted to BBC Radio Northampton about fun and tasty ways to get children into the garden…

How to save water in the garden

In my latest BBC allotment diary, I gave tips and tricks on saving water in the garden…

The melting plot

Like a bad potato in the sack that risks rotting the whole harvest unless it’s identified, women on the allotment can still unearth the weeds of sexism popping up in an otherwise wonderful crop.

Why I love gardening…

My family history can be plotted by its potting sheds. My dad had a garden and an allotment, and his father before him, so I guess you could say gardening is in the genes – or at the very least, firmly embedded into the soil of our welly boots. Here’s me (above), carrying runner beans home from the allotment when I was a toddler!

Over 30 years, I’ve nurtured houseplants in a gloomy stairwell in Scotland, created tiny front garden veg patches, helped run a school garden club, and in 2007 found my roots at a sprawling urban allotment plot in Northampton. Now I’m lucky enough to have two.

Gardening has helped me discover a deep-rooted love for the natural world and homegrown food. It’s encouraged me to eat better, stay fit (in mind and body) – and, of course, get muddy.

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