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The Casual Gardener: New book offers fans a taste of The Jimi Blake Experience

John Manley
IF YOU can imagine how Arlene Foster might react were ‘Her Majesty’ to make a surprise visit to the DUP leader’s home, then you’ll begin to get an idea of the uncharacteristic manner in which Monty Don behaved when Jimi Blake visited the Gardeners’ World presenter’s Longmeadow garden last year.

The Casual Gardener: Unlocking the gardener's best kept secret

John Manley
HAVE you have ever wondered why the plants and flowers in your garden always look so much more vibrant and vegetables suddenly seem to grow bigger after rainfall from a thunderstorm? According to science, this happens because electric currents inside the thunderclouds create an electro-magnetic effect on the rainwater, and it is the energised water droplets falling to ground which invigorates plant growth and makes gardens seem to come alive.

Gardening: Five tips for perking up your pond

WE all know the advantages of ponds – they attract wildlife, providing nutrients for both insects, mammals and fish, as well as being a place of tranquillity and calm in the garden.

Gardening: Mind the gap – how to fill your garden borders when spaces appear in summer

Hannah Stephenson
AS early lupins, cranesbill geraniums and other early-summer-flowering perennials fade, how are you going to fill the gaps in your borders? Giving some spent perennials a good haircut may help a second flush of blooms, but these are seldom as impressive as the first flowers, so it's good to have a few fillers waiting in the wing.

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