Celebrity Gardeners’ Tips

As the season unfolds, some well-known gardeners have some useful tips. Rachel de Thames’ include raised vegetable beds 1.5 metres wide — easily accessed, without need to step in and compact the soil. Chris Beardshaw urges keeping chemicals to a minimum: ‘A garden without wildlife is almost without soul and has no energy to it.’ From Andy Sturgeon come tips on creating and maintaining stunning borders that ripple with star plants and reliable stalwarts. For Kim Wilde, extending the season beyond June is a vital, especially since her favourite plant is the cardoon — ‘the rock star of the border, showy and with lots of attitude.’ Alys Fowler enthuses about self seeding plants and quick growing salad leaves, whilst Raymond Blanc shares his passion for fresh food and edible flowers.

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