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We love December • It is a different sort of December this year. I fear that we will all need to work a bit harder on the Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Men bit. Gardeners, however, are stoic creatures: we have all lost seedlings to ravaging slugs. Our prized plants have, at some point, been flattened by footballs or chewed by marauding squirrels. Do we retire to sob and whinge? We do not, we learn and move on and look to the future. Our gardens have got us through a pretty dire year and our 2021 gardens look full of promise and excitement. Onwards.
Expert’s choice Hippeastrum • So, in what way exactly is an amaryllis like a geranium? Let me explain, says Graham Rice
The Full Monty • Winter can be bleak, says Monty, but spending more time in our gardens has enhanced our appreciation of the small, sweet changes the seasons bring
Have your say • The view from your side of the fence
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Saving the planet with peat-free potting
Say goodbye to slugs and chemicals
Clippings • Our roundup of the month’s latest gardening news and views
My gardening world Jo Brand • Jo Brand is a comedian, writer and actor. She’s a regular guest on the BBC’s QI and Have I Got News For You and presents Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice. Jo lives in London and is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society.
News in brief
2020 vision • As a year like no other draws to a close, Monty Don reflects on how our gardens have made a remarkable impact on our nation’s wellbeing
Nurturing mother earth • Carol Klein delves into the secret life of soil and reveals how the magic below ground helps our plants thrive
Making compost • Making compost is at the heart of looking after your soil – no garden should be without a compost heap.
Leafmould • Leafmould is an excellent source of humus. As a mulch and a soil improver, it is excellent for any soil, and contributes mainly to the condition of the soil, rather than to its nutrition.
A-Z of house plants • Fill your home with fascinating foliage, with our guide to house plants
Happy house plants • Keep your indoor plants in tip-top shape with Adam Frost’s expert advice – perfect for a green and healthy home this winter
How to repot a peace lily • Repot peace lilies and other house plants when their roots have outgrown their original pots, to keep them healthy and thriving.
Green & glamorous • For eco-friendly festive style, Katie Smyth and Terri Chandler reveal how to make decorations using materials from your garden
How to make your wreath
Christmas with kids
The good gift guide • Treat the gardeners in your life to presents that will both delight and do some good
Best gardens for Boxing Day walks • Make the most of the crisp weather and escape for a walk on Boxing Day at one of our favourite 2 for 1 Entry gardens. Stroll off that Christmas pudding and enjoy a memorable day out.
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