News, Interviews and Competitions

Find out the latest garden-based news, read interviews with the experts, and enter some great competitions to win goodies for your garden. It’s all here.

  1. Shed of the Year: An Update

    Shed of the Year: An Update

    We’re just days away from the Shed of the Year Competition closing for entries for 2015 and the entries just keep pouring in. The competition is a fascinating chance to see how innovative and exceptional a garden shed can be and how it’s much more tha

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  2. Nigel Clarke’s allergy gardening guide

    Nigel Clarke’s allergy gardening guide

    About Nigel Clarke

    Nigel works on both Foods Matter

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  3. Michelle Berriedale-Johnson's gardening guide for amateurs

    Michelle Berriedale-Johnson's gardening guide for amateurs

    About Michelle Berriedale-Johnson 

    Michelle runs a site devoted to aiding those suffering from allergies - http://www.foodsmatter.com/

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  4. What the Shed of the Year Winners Have Taught us Over the Years

    What the Shed of the Year Winners Have Taught us Over the Years

    Sheds are a major part of gardens in the UK.  Sheds can improve the quality of the garden as well as provide a place for children to enjoy the outdoors, and even create personal get-a-ways for adults.  People tend to give their sheds a very personal t

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  5. Phil McCann’s 10 step guide to your best containers ever!

    Phil McCann’s 10 step guide to your best containers ever!

    About Phil McCann

    Phil McCann has worked on BBC Gardener's World and is an experienced horticultrual consultant, previously working for the RHS, Unwins Seeds and Hillier Nurseries.

    Phil has kindly used his experience

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  6. How to reduce stress by gardening

    How to reduce stress by gardening

    Gardening is a productive hobby to have and can lead to your outdoor areas looking spectacular, plus it can also be very good for your health. It has been found to act almost like a type of therapy and it can be very useful in reducing stress. This

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  7. 2014 Competition winners

    Firstly a massive thanks to everyone who entered! We are really glad to see so many people share a passion for allotments and it's been a pleasure to read about what you've all been doing on your plots.

    So here are the winners for the blogger,

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  8. 2014 Recipe competition entries

    2014 Recipe competition entries

    Our first entry is a hearty Vegetable Cobbler from Angela

    This is a hearty recipe, although it contains no meat it makes for a filling and satisfying meal. It's also really quite healthy too, the only fat is the small amount

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  9. 2014 Blogger competition entries

    2014 Blogger competition entries

    A friend once described my blog as 'like a well stocked department store; there's something for everyone on every floor' and another as 'quirky and fun'

    Veg Plotting isn't just about the veg I grow on my allotment, my allotment is the place where much of the inspiration for my blog's content comes from. There are stories about my garden, my travels, seasonal recipes and of course plenty of fruit and veg. My 52 Week Salad Challenge is now in its third year with its regular Salad Days feature on the fourth Friday of the month. I also love the sense of community I have with my blog, from readers old and new, plus people joining in with all kinds of events and schemes such as my virtual Shows of Hands project for the Chelsea Fringe earlier this year.

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  10. 2014 Allotment competition entries

    Our first entry is from Louise, her three kids, daddy and a lovely Labbie

    Our veg patch is under the guidance of head gardener, mummy, and junior gardeners Harry (8), Tilly (6) and Felicity (3). Our weed control manager, daddy

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