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Package Holidays: The seeds that will bring the taste of a Continental getaway to your plate

In the middle of the night, hidden beneath the covers, I start laughing at the idea of anyone else finding out what I'm Googling. No, I'm not funding the dark web, I'm not streaming illegal stuff of any kind, I'm not even shopping for kittens; I'm soothing my troubled insomniac brow on frenchclick.co.uk, gazing at things formerly only purchasable in French supermarkets, now brought all the way across the Channel to my London front door – with no delivery charge on orders of more than £35. (More than £35? Pah. I can spend over £35 on biscuits alone in a French supermarket.)

Let it grow: Britain is using up peat 200 times faster than it is being formed

Which? sparks controversy by telling gardeners not to bother growing plants in peat-free compost

Watchdog says it would not recommend any of the products it trialed, but in Britain we are using peat 200 times faster than it is being formed

Anna Pavord's A to Z of pests and problems: W is for whitefly and wind

Our green-fingered correspondent warns that you can never know enough when it comes to gardening...

Weekend work: Time to wake hippeastrum

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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.

Weekend work: Time to tend to cymbidium orchids

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That's my girls: There's something kinda ooh about the flowers already dazzling us

God, it makes you feel old to think that Girls Aloud are now a thing of the past. We shall not look upon their like again. Sniff. But anyway, thinking about that former cultural phenomenon recently, I had a moment of nostalgia recalling the video for "I Can't Speak French", in which the Girls flounce around in very short, corsetted can-can skirts, with layers upon layers of net and frills and feathers in various shades of pink and pale lilac-y colours.

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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Growing profits: The tiny Nymphaea thermarum lily, which is extinct in the wild, was stolen from Kew Gardens last week and could be worth thousands of pounds on the black market

Garden theft: Pots of gold

The theft of the world's smallest water lily from Kew Gardens last week might seem like a tiny matter but, says Tom Bawden, the market in stolen plants is growing

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

First things first: Emma Townshend reveals her gardening New Year's resolutions

Our gardening correspondent's opening resolution is to tidy up. After that, she can get down to her World Cup window boxes and learning how to cloud-prune...

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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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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