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Mandy Watson

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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.

Feeding birds in winter

Helping our feathered friends survive the cold In winter, life is tough for birds and a real cold snap can lead to death from starvation...

New Fuchsia Icing Sugar

Thompson & Morgan's 'double your money back' pledge* Will this new Fuchsia outdo the success of Thompson & Morgan's catalogue cover star last year? The company...

Gardening Christmas gifts from Suttons

Planting the seeds of great present ideas Struggling for gardening gifts? Here's a selection of gifts from Suttons for this Christmas. Personalised Crates, from £20: These...

Tips for a top real Christmas tree

Ditch the tinsel - go for a real tree A real tree or an artificial one? It's an argument that's gone on in our house for...

National Tree Week 2016

Celebrating the winter tree planting season Running until 4 December, National Tree Week is the UK's largest celebration launching the start of the winter tree...

Top 10 Zinnias for 2017

From brash to subtle - a Zinnia to suit every garden Those overblown barmaids of the borders, Zinnias, have been named Flower of the Year...

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