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Gardens In England

Author : Mark Bartley

Gardening is a must-follow topic for many people and the television channels have been quick to take advantage. You don't need to go back too far to the time when the only gardening programme was the seasonal run of Gardener's World, a programme that has been a BBC regular since 1968. Until recently the series always featured the garden of the lead presenter and made famous people like Geoff Hamilton and Monty Don. As Gardener's World became more popular, other programmes also found large audiences such as Ground Force, The Flying Gardner and Hidden Gardens with Chris Beardshaw and Home Front, where garden designer Diarmuid Gavin was responsible for leading the gardening section.

It wasn't just television that started to inspire people into spending more time gardening at home. Various magazine publications built up large readerships and now the web has added another medium, with the hobby gardener able to publish their latest projects for all to see. It is incredible how many specialist websites there are now, showcasing every gardening topic from lawns and borders to water features, winter evergreens and fragrant gardens.

Gardening is a pastime that doesn't make great demands on beginners in terms of knowledge and equipment requirements. Even the newest gardener can visit the local garden centre and, after some informed advice and a few simple purchases, can be on the way to transforming their garden at home into something altogether more attractive. Of course learning a few gardening basics and gaining a spread of experience will always help. You can keep costs down by growing plants at home from seeds rather than buying ready grown plantlings which always proves more expensive. Reserve a bit more of your spare time for your garden, then more ambitious projects can be attempted and problems like weeds and pests can be more easily kept in check.

Many homes in the UK come with a ready prepared garden, but with newly built homes these gardens are typically just lawn and nothing more than a tidy starting point. For some people that is exactly how their garden remains, but for others it is the perfect "blank canvas" from which to create and develop a more personalised outside space.

A convenient and useful place to start for many is creating a patio area. Making an outside space like this can be as simple as creating a retaining border and spreading some shingle on a firm base. Another common option is to use paving stones while wooden decking has also been very popular. Wooden decking has the benefit of being relatively simple and probably the cheapest route of height differences need to be accommodated, while other types of construction would incur expensive groundwork if different levels need to be taken into account.

For gardens with just a plain, un-bordered lawn, a few simple borders and individual trees or shrubs will make all the difference. These are easily created and will soon look established if you plant the right varieties. For that cottage garden look, spreading a seed mix on an area of prepared soil during spring is surely one of the easiest ways of getting started.

Given an empty garden and no constraints, some gardeners will opt straight for food production and create a basic vegetable plot. This is a great use of space as even a small plot can provide a healthy proportion of a family's food requirements. Some people will avoid vegetable plots fearing the empty dull view one faces when the crops have all been harvested, but with a little experience and gardening know-how, careful selection of varieties and mixed planting the vegetables can create something altogether more appealing on the eye.

Transforming a dull outside space into an attractive and beautiful area is the reward that awaits all those tempted to try out a little gardening. You don't need any specific training or expensive tools to create a great garden, just a little imagination and some careful planning.

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Mark has enjoyed gardening for many years. He has written guides and reviews on gardening for many different websites.

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