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12 tremendous gardening blogs

6th February 2017

Journey beyond your own tubs and borders this winter with our pick of some of the best gardening blogs. Great armchair gardening to keep you occupied and inspired until the spring sunshine banishes the cold.

No Dig Gardener

Corydalis elata
Corydalis elata – one of Roger’s pride and joy
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The No Dig Gardener is Roger Brook, whose interests in the garden are many and varied. Roger came to blogging in his seventies and has a wealth of knowledge to share from his years as horticultural lecturer and gardener.

A man who wears his learning lightly, you’ll love Roger’s warm and friendly writing. Why not join him as he ‘digs deeper’ into subjects as varied as epigenetics (the miraculous ability of plants to adapt to survive), and mulch.

And do check out Roger’s “Ladies in the Bath” which aren’t real ladies but dicentras – very pretty flowers.

The Bonnie Gardener

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Bonnie’s leucanthemum, brightening up her garden
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Nicola, aka The Bonnie Gardener, has a thrifty take on life in the garden, giving tips for making raised beds out of old pallets and growing vegetables vertically on tripods and trellises. Tending her garden with wildlife in mind, find out how Nicola encourages ladybirds to eat the greenfly off her courgette plants.

And why not join Nicola as she takes time away from her own plot to peek through the garden gates of others, from cottage gardens to the grounds of a grand Scottish castle. She also blogs about growing your own gin. Intriguing.

The Physic Blog

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Gardening is about giving, says Sara Venn of The Physic Blog
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Having a small plot and little time shouldn’t stop you having the chance to taste your own veggies. Sara Venn of The Physic Blog is something of a campaigning gardener who helps others grow their own food in her home city of Bristol.

A passionate allotment grower, Sara also blogs about her fabulous crops including fennel, majestic tomatoes, and ‘kalettes’, or flower sprouts.

Edinburgh Garden Diary

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Plants are works of art for Jo of the Edinburgh Garden Diary
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When she lived in London, Jo of the Edinburgh Garden Diary didn’t have a garden. So when she finally got a plot of her own, a ground floor front garden of an Edinburgh tenement, she was in her element. Where there were once just paving slabs and overgrown shrubs, she’s created a fragrant garden with curved borders.

Check out Jo’s photos of the plot, which she posts each month, showing its progress from derelict to bijou. Many of the blooms Jo grows, including spectacular dahlias, find their way into artistic flower arrangements which also feature on her excellent blog.

Pyracantha

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Holly doesn’t have all the red berries - fiery Pyracantha gives this blog its name
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Ever fancied growing your own live-insect-eating Venus Fly Trap but unsure how to keep it well-fed? Trick your carnivorous plant into eating dead flies by brushing the insects against the detectors guarding each fly trap’s tender centre.

Or how about a Chinese Money Plant? Sounds just the thing to have about the house, especially if you have kids. And with its delicate white flowers and succulent leaves, it makes a lovely houseplant whether or not you enjoy a windfall.

For advice on growing a host of unusual plants, Pyracantha is the blog for you.

Dogwood Days

The local wildlife love Nic's garden 
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Growing doesn’t have to stop just because it’s cold outside. Nic Wilson, the gardener behind Dogwood Days, has been growing sprouted radish seeds, oyster mushrooms, lemongrass and chillies on her windowsills this winter.

A mum of two and gluten-free cook, check out Nic’s imaginative ‘plot to plate’ recipes which includes recipes for delicacies like  cinnamon poached quinces and courgette tea bread.

The Cynical Gardener

frosted crab apples
Frosted crab apples are a thing of beauty for The Cynical Gardener
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White fly still lingering on your brassicas? Take a leaf out of June Saddingham’s book – bin the lot and hopefully you’ll get shot of those pesky flies at the same time. A gardening blogger well worth following, June is a professional horticulturalist who also has a talent for photography.

When temperatures as low as -4.5C turned her garden into a winter wonderland, June was straight out there with her camera. We think you’ll agree, those frosted leaves and fruit look magical.

Sharpen Your Spades

Richard’s raised beds on a glorious May day
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Any man who can wax lyrical about a fresh load of manure – he calls it ‘black gold’ – earns our respect. Family man and blogger, Richard Chivers loves his allotment even in winter when one of his favourite activities is turning over the soil on frosty days – hence the blog name.

Richard shares the secrets of growing rhubarb, a crop which certainly thrives on the mucky stuff. Our favourite blog of all has to be his genius way of making square-sided seed pots out of toilet rolls.

The Biking Gardener

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Fragrant witch hazel blooms in the depths of winter, says The Biking Gardener
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Has anything brought humankind more fun and pleasure than a garden and the internal combustion engine?’ Asks Geoff Stebbings, the man behind The Biking Gardener.

This green fingered biker is also a professional gardener, author, writer and broadcaster, who, thanks to his travels around the country on his bike helping people with their gardens, has a wealth of experience to share.

Looking for a fragrant winter bloomer? How about witch hazel? Geoff will show you how to make the most of your winter garden – biker style!

I Grow Hort

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Eranthis, the winter aconite, brings colour to the winter garden
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Need some spring colour to get you through the rest of the winter and beyond? Allow blogger igrowhort to give you the lowdown on bulbs for every month of the year, starting with January’s Eranthis – Winter Aconite.

This really is a blog for all seasons with tips from this professional gardener to help you make the most of your garden all year round.

Are you itching to get out in the garden but prevented by the weather? Now’s the time to browse your favourite seed catalogues for sweet peppers and hot chillis, says igrowhort - how’s that for a winter warmer of an idea?

Digging for Dirt

The Natural Order Beds in Winterbourne’s sunken gardens
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Most ornamental trees don’t need regular pruning, but if you do have tree that needs reshaping, then now’s the time to do it. And what better resource to turn to for help than the blog of Winterbourne House in Birmingham?

Removing larger branches? Always remember to make an undercut before you saw the limb away from above – this stops the bark from tearing. Essential reading for anyone with trees to tend.

This is an immersive insight into the life of a house and garden rooted in the arts and crafts movement.

Backlane Notebook

Sue's gardening dedication shows beautiful dividends.
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Meet beetroot connoisseur, Sue who grows both Burpees Golden Globe, with its bright yellow flesh, and the splendidly named Babieto di Chioggia, an heirloom Italian variety grown around Venice in the nineteenth century.

A gardener with a difference, Sue loves to grow unusual plants which she later uses in her cooking.

This year, She’s on a mission to try celeriac – despite her neighbour’s poor experience...

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