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Alys Fowler: tulip time

Highly recommended: ‘Super-perennial’ Greenland. Photograph: Danita Delimont/Alamy My bulb habit owes a bit too much to the dressing-up box: a bit of this, a bit of that, a feather boa, a cowboy hat… My spring bulbs, in particular, are all over the place. So I’ve decided to get a grip: I intend to create a capsule collection and stick to it. The end of October is the perfect time to get tulips in, so they’re.. Read More

Ask Alys: your gardening questions answered

Raspberry leaves may start to look tatty by the end of the season. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA We are in despair over our summer raspberries, whose leaves turn yellow over the growing season. It is galling because the wild raspberries in the garden look healthy.If you’ve had a reasonable crop, it’s unlikely they’re at death’s door. Let’s clear up the raspberry’s natural cycle: the leaves start off green but, as the.. Read More

Tasty tulips

Tulip salad with pea puree and peppermint dressing. Photograph: Bon Appetit/Alamy The colder, crisper weather heralds the start of the tulip planting season. Verdant green leaves and luscious blooms provide a visual feast early in the year. But tulips are also food for the stomach and their petals make a cool, crisp and colourful addition to the salad bowl. (But note: some people suffer allergic reactions to tulips, so proceed.. Read More

West Bank garden of teargas canisters – in pictures

[unable to retrieve full-text content] The Palestinian residents of Bilin have come up with a novel use for the teargas canisters left over from clashes with Israeli soldiers during the weekly protest against the West Bank separation barrier Steven Bloor

Is buying perennial seed a waste of money? | Graham Rice

According to Bob Brown, lupins are one of the few perennials gardeners should buy from seed companies. Photograph: Alamy In this month’s issue of Which? Gardening magazine there’s an article by Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers, one of Britain’s top plantspeople and nursery growers, about growing perennials from seed. In it he says: “My experience is that seed of perennials will only reliably germinate if it’s sown immediately, certainly.. Read More

Sean’s Allotment Garden – video

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Sean Cameron takes his giant pumpkin for a weigh-in and harvests apples You can view more videos and blogs at The Horticultural Channel, and follow Sean on Twitter at @hortchanneltv and Facebook. Gardens Allotments Sean James Cameron theguardian.com © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions |.. Read More

Snoop Lion releases mixtape with his teenage sons

[embedded content] Reading on mobile? Watch the video here Snoop Lion – previously known as Snoop Dogg – has released a mixtape with his two teenage sons. Royal Fam, which is available now, features Calvin “Snoop” Broadus, Cordell “Dirty D” Broadus and Corde “Spanky Danky” Broadus trading verses under the name the Broadus Boyz. “I wanted to do something with them and let them know that I love and appreciate.. Read More

Gardens: the October checklist | Dan Pearson

Dan Pearson gets ready for planting. Photograph: Jason Ingram for the Observer Going underground The heat stored in the ground from summer, coupled with guaranteed moisture, can promote some of the garden’s most satisfactory growth. This happens below ground in the form of root activity, so dig in now so that your plants are established before the winter. Perennials, pot-grown trees and shrubs (it is still too early for bare-root),.. Read More

Garden team turn to small screen stars

Gardening Article A group of skilled ex-military personnel, and a team of local businesses and volunteers will be stars of the small screen when they appear on television tonight. Kevin Godlington, a former Royal Engineer and Special Forces soldier, and presenter r for Channel 5’s Operation Homefront took on the challenge of turning a patch of jungle-like land in Ashton Park into a working garden, on behalf of Dig In.. Read More

Space Gardens

Gardens in Space are hard to come by, so we run through the top 5 space gardens, and some from this world that look, out of this world. San Franciscans can’t get enough of community gardening these days. The latest project, a 0.66-acre site at the northwest corner of Frederick and Arguello streets called Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden, won’t even be completed until the end of the month, but there.. Read More