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Gardening

Great buys and advice for garden success this summer

Create a gorgeous herb garden

If you’d love to grow your own vegetables but don’t have the space for a large patch, why not try a herb garden? Herbs grown in beds or pots positioned close to your house will make it really easy to snip off a sprig or two to add to home-made meals, as well as bringing a beautiful aroma to your garden. Annual and biennial herbs such as basil, coriander, and parsley are fast-growing and should ideally be sown at intervals throughout the summer, to ensure a continuous supply. Perennial herbs such as oregano, mint, rosemary and chives are slower growing and so may be better in a more permanent home. Ideally herbs should be grown in a sunny, sheltered location with well-drained soil – always follow the planting instructions on the packet and keep well-watered. Choose decorative containers for a pretty, cottage garden look.

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At last, summer feels like it’s finally arrived, which for many of us means the chance to spend more time outside enjoying the sunshine. 
If you’re lucky enough to have your own outdoor space, whether it’s a garden, patio, roof terrace or balcony, we’ve got loads of great bargain buys to help you make it look and feel as gorgeous as your interior. Whether you love funky brights, global glamour, country cottage style or laid back coastal chic, you’re sure to find plenty of ideas to brighten up your space on page 36. Meanwhile, if you’re planning to enjoy some days out away from home, make sure you pack a picnic. In this issue we’ve got some scrummy ideas for posh picnic nosh that will knock soggy sandwiches into a cocked hat (p.100)! And don’t forget to check out this month’s buyer’s guide (p.44) for our pick of the best camping equipment to create a home from home under canvas. Summer is also a great time to get some home improvements done, so on page 106 you’ll find the low-down on choosing the perfect patio doors to make the transition from indoors to out a breeze. Whether you want French windows, bi-folds or sliding doors, we’ll help you pick the perfect style for your home. And, as always, we’ve got plenty of decorating inspiration for you too, from our affordable kitchen makeovers on page 24, to our ideas for creating a bang-on- trend mid-century modern scheme on page 20, you’re sure to find a look you love. Happy decorating!