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A gardener tending to the borders at Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Winter gardening at Kingston Lacy, Dorset | © 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. 

Volunteer pruning an espaliered fruit tree in the Walled Garden during a working holiday at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Gardening tips for winter 

Keep your garden or green spaces thriving with our winter gardening tips. There are plenty of jobs to keep you busy, including protecting your plants and wildlife, planting for winter colour, pruning rose bushes or planning ahead for warmer days.

Grow your own

Gardeners adding compost to the beds at Nymans, West Sussex

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

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

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

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

Guide to peat-free gardening 

Find out how your plants can thrive without using peat-based products and learn about the changes our gardeners have made at the gardens and nurseries in our care.

National Trust staff and visitors at Knole, Kent

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