Jo Arnell tells us how to make a productive garden beautiful with deliciously attractive plants.

There are a couple of boring old phrases that hover, Jiminy Cricket-like, in my ear when I’m plotting out my vegetable garden: ‘cut your coat according to your cloth’ is one, and, ‘don’t bite off more than you can chew’ is the other.

TEST Climbing Borlotti beans bring height and beauty

Climbing Borlotti beans bring height and beauty

TEST Dahlias appreciate the same rich soil as vegetables

Dahlias appreciate the same rich soil as vegetables

TEST Vegetables grown in traditional rows

Vegetables grown in traditional rows

TEST Use netting to protect crops from pests

Use netting to protect crops from pests

TEST Potato 'Pink Fir Apple' is a main crop variety, but eaten as a new potato

Potato 'Pink Fir Apple' is a main crop variety, but eaten as a new potato

TEST Sunflowers can be grown as a cut flower or to entice pollinators to your patch

Sunflowers can be grown as a cut flower or to entice pollinators to your patch

TEST There are lots of ways of having an edible garden and you don’t have to aim for self sufficiency

There are lots of ways of having an edible garden and you don’t have to aim for self sufficiency

TEST Flowering plants will attract pollinators and beneficial insects to an edible space

Flowering plants will attract pollinators and beneficial insects to an edible space

In the Night Garden

Jo Arnell explains how to make the most of your outdoor space once darkness falls Some enchanted evening you may see me outside – mainly searching for slugs in the garden, because the cool hours of night are when they...

Contain your excitement

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More than just a pretty face

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