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Gardener working in the walled garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire
Gardener working in the walled garden at Mottisfont, Hampshire | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Gardening tips

Our gardeners share their tips, tricks and ideas for getting the most from your own garden, plot or window box throughout the seasons. 

Spring gardening

The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024

A garden for people, nature and wildlife at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 

The Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond with the National Trust at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show reflects the vision of our co-founder, who believed everyone needed nature and access to green space. The garden, designed by Ann-Marie Powell, has a natural planting style and outdoor sitting areas connected by winding pathways. Find out more about this community garden and what inspired it.

Two garden volunteers at work in the walled garden at Wimpole, removing weeds and pruning among other tasks. Red tulips can be seen in bloom in the garden border.
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Gardening tips for spring 

Make the most of your garden or growing space this spring with tips and advice from our gardeners. Find out about pruning shrubs, preparing flower borders, planting early vegetables and choosing the best blossom trees.

Bluebells in May at Blickling Estate, Norfolk
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How to grow bluebells in your own garden 

The bluebell is one of the nation's favourite wild flowers and our gardeners take great care of these plants at many of the places we look after. Discover some of their top tips for growing bluebells in your garden.

Grow your own

Gardeners adding compost to the beds at Nymans, West Sussex
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How to make your own compost 

Follow these simple steps to make your own nutrient-packed compost at home. Learn about the qualities of good compost and find out top tips, including how to turn your heap and build your compost beds.

A home grown loofah in use washing up at Knightshayes, Devon
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Grow your own loofah kitchen sponges 

Follow our month-by-month guide to growing loofah plants from seed, which you can turn into kitchen sponges as an eco-friendly alternative to the store-bought plastic versions.

Gardener picking fennel from the vegetable garden at Speke Hall, Liverpool
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Guide to seasonal food 

Grow your own fruit and vegetables and help the environment by reducing food miles. Find out what to harvest, plant and buy each month with our handy guide to seasonal food.

Eco-friendly gardening

Two blue tits perched on a green bird feeder with brick wall in the background
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How to build a wildlife-friendly garden 

Looking for new ways to help your local wildlife? Here are some of our top tips on how to make your garden a haven for animals, birds and insects.

Green cuttings sprouting in natural plastic-free pots and peat-free compost
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Guide to peat-free gardening 

We've committed to going peat free as an organisation, and all the plants we grow, buy and sell are potted in peat-free compost. Hear from our team of gardening experts and discover top tips for peat-free gardening in your green space.

Looking through a magnifying glass at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

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