Guitarist Slava Grigoryan won the Award for Best Classical Album, for Bach Cello Suites Volume I.
Bees in the ’burbs
Ally Jackson has long dreamed of keeping bees in her small inner-city garden, and sets off on a weekend workshop to learn the ropes. Her story explores the options for the urban beekeeper, and outlines some amazing facts about these creatures we can’t live without.
It’s bulb time!
Grab those catalogues – it’s time to pore over the selection on offer from nurseries and online suppliers, and plan out your spring bulb display. Jennifer Stackhouse suggests a multitude of ways to use bulbs through the garden, and has some ideas for growing rare bulbs, too.
Plant of the month: buddleja
If you want more birds and butterflies in your garden, not to mention gorgeous, fragrant flowers, you need to grow a buddleja or three! Sophie Thomson loves these plants and has great success, even in her harsh climate. This is her care guide, with a list of favourite varieties.
Step right up
As well as being functional, a great set of steps can really tie different parts of a garden together, and enhance the overall look. Arno King steps us through the things we need to consider at the design phase, such as position, height and width, safety considerations and materials. Good soil
Good soil without the toil
These soil prep shortcuts from Phil Dudman, aka The Lazy Sod, are designed to give gardeners the fluffy, friable soil they need, without the broken back. Phil shows us how to get the compost and worm action happening, and outlines a quick fix using tree loppers’ mulch.
Well, hello cauli!
This month, Tino gets his brassicas in the ground on the show, and in the magazine he explains how to get the best out of the aristocrat among them, the cauliflower.
Garden to table
The Royal Mail Hotel in rural Victoria is home to a two-hatted restaurant supplied by a superb on-site food garden. AB Bishop gleans a few growing tips from the garden and kitchen staff.
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