Verney Naylor-designed garden and boathouse at the West Cork home of Lord and Lady Puttnam

Vast, golden beaches, salty summer breezes, anemone-filled rock pools and sand in your toes: what would summer be without at least one trip to the sea(...)

Leaves and edible flowers for the salad bowl. Photograph: Richard Johnston

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately dreaming about salads. Not just any old salad, but the perfect, homegrown leafy salad; the sort with just t(...)

Grow it yourself: a great way to save money. Photograph: Getty Images

Gardening has become rocket science all of a sudden after news this month that astronauts are growing their own vegetables in space, suggesting(...)

You know the drill

Alas, allowing for a few notable exceptions (some oriental leaves, onions, aubergines, for example), it’s still too early to sow seed of most vegetabl(...)

Photographs: Richard Johnson

SPICK AND SPAN . . . It’s time to get those vegetable beds in tip-top condition for the winter. Start by lifting, storing and clearing away finishe(...)

Salad days

While it was surely one of the most challenging growing seasons that gardeners can remember, it’s time to put the trials and tribulations of 2013’s sp(...)

It’s March, which means that it’s seed-sowing time – that annual ritual of faith in which we gardeners invest so much of our hopes, dreams and ambi(...)