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Try to re­cy­cle be­fore throw­ing any­thing away; old mugs, tiles, wood and mir­rors, even old car parts can be turned into a sculp­ture. Use your imag­i­na­tion.

Work hard in spring to clear the ground and weed to stop them tak­ing hold.

Herbs kept in pots by the kitchen door make it easy when cook­ing.

Cre­ate dis­tinct ar­eas as gar­den rooms and make sure there are plenty of seats so you can sit and en­joy your labours.

Tak­ing a rose cut­ting is rel­a­tively easy but you do have to wait for the buds to ap­pear. Choose sev­eral long healthy stems of the cur­rent sea­son’s growth, cut the top above a bud and the bot­tom be­low a bud, then re­move all lower leaves, dip in hor­mone root­ing pow­der and place in large pot of gritty com­post. Cut­tings will root over win­ter then pot up in­di­vid­u­ally.

Grouped pots of herbs by the kitchen door are handy

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