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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.

Salmonberries from Lubera

Raspberry relatives with great flowers The oddly-named salmonberry is a brilliant way for those with small gardens to grow a decent fruit crop while not...

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 preview

Show gardens unveiled The show gardens have been unveiled at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, always the most anticipated features of the event. The nine...

Vegetable shortages – eat seasonally!

Cut air miles and eat our own growers' produce While I don't miss courgettes and lettuce in February, it appears shortages of imported vegetables from...

Colourful veg stars at Mr. Fothergill’s

From purple radishes to yellow chillies It seems Mr Fothergill’s is going through a purple patch if customers are anything to go by - they...

Johnsons top-selling cut flowers

Best-selling blooms of 2016 It's a growing trend to cultivate flowers in a bed solely for cutting, much as our grandparents did on allotments...

Top marigolds for 2017

Think Indian garlands, not single row bedding! You're going to find marigolds everywhere this year - not in hideous, 70s-style bedding rows with Lobelia and...


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