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Weekend work: Time to wake hippeastrum

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Weekend work: Time to tend to cymbidium orchids

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Beginner's pluck: Follow our expert's choice tips and you'll be mulching in no time

Round our way, amateur versions of Gardeners' Question Time are a popular way of raising money for charity and from time to time I get to sit on the panel. "What tips would you give to a new gardener?" is a favourite question and more interesting than the usual queries about scrofulous bits of greenery. Answers depend very much on the panellist's own interests. And character.

The clove club: If you're planning on growing your own garlic and shallots this year, now's the time to get planting

In the kitchen, it's the best smell of all: garlic roasting with parsnips in the oven, garlic swishing around in a frying pan with strips of chicken and ginger, garlic quietly oozing its way through a curry of cauliflower and chick peas. There are reasons not to grow your own: it's easy to get hold of, cheap to buy, and the flavour of home-grown does not differ greatly from the stuff in the shops.

Weekend work: Time to take root cuttings

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Anna Pavord: In praise of the humble greenhouse

The greenhouse has been a relatively recent discovery for our correspondent. Now Anna wonders how she ever managed without this home for fledgling plants, hippeastrums – and Edith, the pet agave

Anna Pavord's A-Z of pests and problems: V and W are for ventilation, vine weevil and weeds

A virus can be bad news – or the reason your favourite tulip is so beautifully marked, says our green-fingered correspondent

Weekend work: Time to secure ricketty boundaries

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Weekend work: Time to tend to Christmas roses

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Look back in awe: The horticultural hits of 2013

Gardeners have a habit of going on about their planting disasters, instead of celebrating their successes, says our green-fingered correspondent...

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