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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.

Year of the Zinnia 2017

Supercharged annual colour for beds and containers Each year sees a different flower and vegetable highlighted by Fleuroselect, the organisation which trials new seed varieties...

Record 8m sunflower nets £2,000 prize

Record-breaking prize money from T&M to northern gardener Now there are some whoppers - sunflowers taller than a three-storey house! Gardener Richard Hope, from Wigan, has...

Christmas gardening gifts: chocolate and pots

Stocking fillers for gardeners Troublesome gardener to buy for this Christmas? Here's a selection of gifts to give you some inspiration, all easily available on...

How to make rose sugar

Lubera's chef's recipe Enjoy Lubera's resident chef's recipe for rose sugar. Gather a handful of flowers (red or deep pink varieties because white and yellow ones turn a...

Bonfire Night and Christmas gifts

From popcorn pans to pine cone firelighters Heat up your Bonfire Night with products from Luca's Garden sourced from around the world - they also...

Gardening with back pain

Tips to lessen strain on bad backs Gardening is a great hobby but it can also be torture for those of us who suffer from...

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