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Volunteers busy in the garden at Allan Bank and Grasmere, Cumbria
Volunteers busy in the garden at Allan Bank and Grasmere, Cumbria | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

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. 

Winter gardening

A volunteer stands on top of a step ladder with a pair of secateurs, pruning an apple tree in winter while wrapped up in a woolly hat and fleece.
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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 and planning ahead for warmer days.

A close-up of snowdrops at Ickworth in Suffolk
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Top tips for growing snowdrops in your own garden 

Discover some top tips for growing common snowdrops in your outdoor space. Find out when, where and how to plant your snowdrops to end up with your own carpet of white flowers every spring.

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.

Visitor watching wildlife at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

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