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BBC Gardeners' World

August 2019

Gardeners' World Magazine is the authoritative voice in gardening, the clear market-leader since it launched in 1991. The award-winning editorial includes topical, practical advice in the readers' favourite 'what to do now' section, and regular contributions and features from the top names in BBC gardening. Packed with fresh ideas and clear advice - the innovative approach offers creative, practical and problem-solving solutions to all keen gardeners.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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Secret Garden Unlock the subscriber-only area of our website, the Secret Garden, where you’ll find extra features, video and offers created just for readers like you. Find your Subscriber Number on the address sheet to enter and explore what’s new and exclusive! Cruise with Carol Sail round the stunning coastline of Cornwall and Devon, travelling with like-minded readers – and meet Carol as part of our exclusive trip. Find out more on p78. Enter to win! Don’t miss your last chance to enter our subscriber-only competition, to win £3,000-worth of Makita gardening kit. Enter by midday on 9 August at bit.ly/makita-tools Recycling update For the past year, we’ve been trialling different methods of delivering your subscriber copy to you, while ensuring your copy reaches you in perfect condition. Our preferred material is paper…

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dear subscriber

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”... the words of keen gardener, and actor, Audrey Hepburn. There’s such truth in this. Gardening is as much in our heads as our hands, turning our dreams into tomorrow’s realities with hard work and laughter, often with sweat and sometimes even a few tears – and never better than enjoyed in the company of friends or family. Gardeners have been doing this for years, decades, centuries even, but now we know that this very activity is the embodiment of wellbeing. So it’s a natural step for us to look deeper, as we do this month, into how gardening can benefit our minds and emotions, as well as our bodies, as part of our Grow Yourself Healthy 2019 campaign. Read all about…

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we love august for tropical holidays at home

STAR OF THE MONTH Echinacea purpurea ‘Rainbow Marcella’ When I first saw this plant, I was immediately reminded of those tinned peaches in tooth-rotting syrup that I was occasionally fed when I was a schoolboy. Usually, they came with evaporated milk, but the tastebuds of an eight year old will forgive many things. Moving on from school dinners… Most of the echinaceas that you will have met previously would have been either pink or white, so this is something to get tongues wagging. Pop it in a hot summer border with lots of reds, purples and yellows, and your garden will be impossible to overlook. Performs best in warmer, more sheltered parts of the country. Good seedheads for birds and ideal as cut flowers. Height x Spread 50cm x 40cm GIMME, GIMME, GIMME Not quite…

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expert’s choice cactus dahlias

We’ve grown at least seven thousand different dahlia varieties in our gardens over the years. So, to make them easier to understand, dahlias have been divided into seventeen different flower types. Of all these the cactus and semi-cactus dahlias are among the most varied, the most popular – and often the most dramatic. Cactus dahlias are fully double, with long and slender pointed petals that may be straight or curved slightly towards the centre of the flower. Semi-cactus dahlias are similar but the base of each petal is rather flattened. Also, they come in five different flower size groups: giant (25cm+), large (20-25cm), medium (15-20cm), small (10-15cm) and miniature (less than 10cm) and here there’s a choice to be made. In general, the larger the flowers, the fewer are produced and the…

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the full monty

I reached the significant age of 64 a few weeks ago. Significant? Of course. 64 is the key that unlocks the arrival of old age and takes you into another country, far distant from the land of youth. Why? Because, as I am sure you instantly recognise, it says so on the second track of side two of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. (Sergeant who? Sides? A predestined sequence of tracks? If you are remotely baffled, then stop reading now. You are in the wrong room). For my generation, the greatest single influence in our lives outside our families has not been The Bomb, nor technology, certainly not Brexit, nor even – dare I say it – a weekly fix of Gardeners’ World. No, by far the most significant factor…

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for peat’s sake!

So garden centres ‘will not be able to’ meet the deadline for phasing out the use of peat in compost (Clippings, July issue)? The only possible reason for that is because they don’t want to – there is still money to be made from peat so as long as there is a demand for it, they will continue to use it. If everyone started making their own compost this wouldn’t even be an issue. I have made my own compost for years, it’s not hard, I have no use for peat and it’s actually very satisfying. We don’t want or need peat in compost – if the garden centres won’t listen, boycott them and make your own! Marie Allen, by email In response to your article on attempts to phase out peat,…

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