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I have been a subscriber to Garden Answers Magazine for around 2 months now, after trying it out a few times by buying it from the newsagents. The cover price is currently £3.30 per issue, but by subscribing you only pay £2.91 per issue and it gets delivered to your door.
I like garden answers because it has useful features about what you should be doing in and around the garden according to the time of year, good hints and tips about getting the most out of your garden, and other topical items like growing your own fruit and veg for example. It also has all the usual goodies like competitions and giveaways that you can enter by post or on the internet.
My favourite bits of the mag are the problem solving pages, not as in the 'Dear Deirdre' type, but the gardening problems that people are having. I find these useful because they are usually topical to the time of year, and common problems that help me out too.
There are readers offers every month where you can get plants for the price of p&p which is usually around the £3.50 mark, which is a good way of getting a variety of plants in your garden for not a lot of money, and I usually take advantage of these offers.
If you subscribe to the magazine, there are usually free gifts to be had, I got a gardening book signed by the author, and this month they are offering flowery hand tools to new subscribers.
The magazine is a monthly mag, so there are 12 issues a year. I enjoy reading it and look forward to it being delivered every month, and if you like gardening - you might enjoy it too.
I buy Garden Answers on a regular basis; it’s published every month. Every issue has a free gift, like a packet of bulbs, or seeds. It’s a very practical magazine, with plenty of hints and tips for the gardener. It lists all the latest developments like new weedkillers and fertilisers, all the products are tested and rated. My favourite section is the monthly project, every month it tells you how to build something, like a deckchair, planter etc. The plans to these projects are laid out in a very easy to understand way, so even the beginner should have no problem. This probably the best practical garden magazine you can buy.
I used to buy Garden Answers every month, but as time went on i bought it less and less. The main reason for this is most of the features are about big gardens and most of the 'things to build' are for big gardens too. I know that some of them can be altered for the smaller plot and they do have a 'few' articles aimed at the smaller garden, but i don't think it is enough. They need to do more articles to cover anybody that has kids, if you design a garden using a magazine they never seem to remember that children are going to use it. I'm not just talking about sons or daughters, it could be grandchildren, nephews or neices etc... Some useful ideas would be nice, not the one they run every year for the sandpit. How to keep a garden nice and build it around children, even if you have a 10ft square postage stamp! Also they could have a section on poisonous plants, not just for children as this has many uses. I have been surprised how many plants in your average garden are poisonous! I found a site that may be useful for checking plants out before you buy them, but it's Canadian! Heres the web address http://res.agr.ca/brd/poisonpl/ I have also found one that deals with houseplants http://blankees.com/house/plants/poisonous.htm I found both of these sites useful. If there was some indication in the magazines i would not need them. The rest of the magazine is very useful, if they could just get this bit right it would be a really good buy. On the other hand, if you have a large garden, no kids (of any type) and no pets this is perfect for you. I must admit their section on vegetables is always brilliant! The people that write it have got a perfect mix for every one. They have anything from large plots to containers and always seem to remember that not everybody has a greenhouse. If only they would talk to the people that do the features!!!!
Garden Answers is a monthly magazine. Whenever I've bought this magazine it has been strongly features led - and I mean features in the gardening sense of the word such as hard-landscaping and accessories. There are many how-to articles on landscaping projects such as decking, patio laying, steps which admitedly are useful and easy to follow. I think this trend is in light of the popularity of gardening makeover shows and the recognition that people are increasingly having a go at D-I-Y in their garden. Whilst the magazine still carries traditional articles on plants I feel these are too few for the keen hobby gardener and have the general feeling that the magazine lacks that magic garden spark. Towards the back of the magazine they carry product testing which is useful and a section called the 'green pages'. The 'Green pages' are said to be 'the essential guide to all your gardening needs' and includes plant reviews, gardening questions answered, plant care - this is what I want the whole magazine to reflect not just a section at the back! It comes across as they do not know who their target audience is. There is no doubt the writing on all aspects of gardening is knowledgeable but I find the content ratio of plant gardening to landscape gardening to much towards the latter. There are a number of gardening magazines I would buy before this one given the choice and tend only to buy it if there's a particular article of interest to me as opposed to be a regular reader. I feel as if this magazine has the content just in the wrong order!