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Few things feel more counter-intuitive to a gardener than the annual late winter/early spring ritual that is rose pruning. Because if you want your ro(...)

The size of the material in your compost heap will  affect the speed at which it breaks down.  Photograph: Getty

It takes a combination of middle age and a love of gardening to find a barrow-load of homemade garden compost a peculiarly seductive sight. Certainly(...)

Many Irish gardens are filled with one of the best and earliest-ever displays of snowdrops. Photograph: Moment/Getty

If you’re an experienced gardener, then you’ll already know that plants have surprisingly scant regard for the calendar year. Instead seasonality is a(...)

Sheltered beneath that all-important protective skin of glass or polythene sheeting, plants enjoy a modified microclimate that facilitates growth.

If you’re the proud owner of a polytunnel or glasshouse, then you’ll already know that undercover gardening marches to the beat of a very different dr(...)

David Austin rose ‘Strawberry Hill’ from Mr Middleton – €22

I used to think that when it came to the chore of Christmas present shopping, buying a gift for the green-fingered person in your life was as easy-pea(...)