Charlie Dimmock: Grow yourself a good impression

August 20, 2015

Peeling wallpaper, chipped paint and an unkempt kitchen are not what buyers like to see when they view a property. Even if the rest of the home is in immaculate condition, an upturned corner of a living room carpet is enough to say, "no thanks".


4 products to give your garden a new look

May 26, 2015

Give your garden a makeover with these great products from Kellockbank. 1. Cartwheel bench, £520 2. Low level orb ice solar lights, £9.99 each 3. Alexander Rose St George bench, £229 4.Outback Spectrum 3 burner BBQ, £380   All this and more are available from Kellockbank Country Emporium, Culsalmond, Insch. Phone 01464 851114


Trying to save money? Here is gardening on a shoestring budget

May 6, 2015

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful garden, says thrifty gardener and writer Alex Mitchell. Club together: If you are buying online, group your purchases with friends to save on postage costs and look out for bargains if you order a multiple of one plant.


Love the plot you’ve got

April 29, 2015

Families, couples or individuals looking to transform their neglected outdoor spaces can get help and inspiration from a new nationwide campaign called Love the Plot You’ve Got, which is coming to Gardening Scotland from Friday, May 29-31.


Don’t let squirrels drive you nuts

April 29, 2015

As a new book from gardening writer and blogger Anne Wareham looks at how to help gardeners deter squirrels and other pests, Hannah Stephenson offers some of her own solutions to stop them in their tracks.


Shady solutions for the garden

April 8, 2015

Brighten up the shadier parts of the garden this spring with a rhododendron, the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Plant of the Month for April 2015.


Ghoulish greenery

October 31, 2014

As Halloween is upon us, Hannah Stephenson looks at some of the spikiest, scariest, foulest-smelling plants found in gardens.