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Mandy Watson

Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

My garden in pictures July

Blog: A month of uninspiring weather... July's been a bit of a disappointment - mostly cool, cloudy, more rain than usual (at least that cut...

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme starts to reopen after lockdown

New national organiser to lead vital fundraising work More than 80 gardens will open their gates for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme to raise funds for charity...

Book review: I Want To Like My Garden by Rachel McCartain

A cracking read packed with common sense for new (and experienced) gardeners! With lockdown meaning so many people turned to that patch of earth between...

Why have my courgettes only got male flowers?

Blog: Don't panic - nature has a reason for this... I have a very chequered history with courgettes. If the weather is right (ie, sunny)...

Beamish Museum to reopen and how to book tickets

Taste the North East's past again from Thursday, July 23 Visitors can take a trip back in time again at Beamish, The Living Museum of...

How to take part in the Big Butterfly Count

Become a citizen scientist in the world's biggest survey of butterflies, July 17-August 9 Butterflies are important indicators of biodiversity in our ecosystem and their...


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