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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 2014 Allotment, recipe, and blogger competition

    2014 Allotment, recipe, and blogger competition

    In aid of allotment week we are running three competitions for allotment lovers, chefs and hand picked bloggers to share their love of all things allotment and have a chance of winning £100 in vouchers to use on our site. The competition will run for three weeks and is split into three sections, allotments, recipes and blogs. There will be three winners respectively and the winners will be decided by an independent voting panel. We'll also be posting our own allotment content on the blog so take a look there as well for some great tips and information around this great National holiday. Visit the three sections below to see the entries and submit your own content. Entries will be uploaded from the 4th onward but we'll still be accepting entries after that date. A winner will be announced on the 22nd so any entries submitted up to the 21st will be considered.

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  7. Competition: Win a deluxe shed security kit via twitter

    With thefts from gardens and in particular from log cabins and sheds, we thought we'd offer a prize to help you protect your favourite bike or garden tools stored in your shed. It's really simple to enter, see the details and T&Cs below:

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  8. Urban Food Week - Edible Open Gardens Day

    Urban Food Week - Edible Open Gardens Day

    This week is is Urban Food Week in London, which is run by Sustain and is a collaboration between Ethical Eats, Capital Growth and others.

    Throughout the week various bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants will be offering food and drink created

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  9. Gold for Bradley Wiggins – owes his victory to time spent in his garden shed

    Gold for Bradley Wiggins – owes his victory to time spent in his garden shed

    Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that Bradley Wiggins won gold in cycling for the men's time trial.

    Wiggins beat German, Tony Martin, by being 42 seconds faster. He has now beaten Sir Steve Redgrave for having the most O

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  10. Link between new bee virus strain and mites could signal an end to bee colony decline

    Link between new bee virus strain and mites could signal an end to bee colony decline

    Bees in the Garden

    With summer just round the corner, we are all used to seeing bees buzzing about in the garden. What many people forget is that bees are major pollinators around the world. In fact, over 70 of the worlds 100

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