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      21.06.2010 09:31

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      Useful, informative

      Having just read the latest Gardeners World, July 2010. I would recommend it to gardeners. It is very well set out with many photos which illustrate the text very well.
      This months special offer is for either strawberries or perennials for the cost of postage. The quality of the plants are generally of a high standard on the offersI have purchased in the past.
      As there is every month there is an action plan for all the months jobs which helps deciding those important jobs in the garden.
      In the plant section there is a focus on African plants with pictures which detail where the plants are best suited whether in garden, pots or conservatory.
      There is also a guide on how to take cuttings and how to prune with clear photos which makes the explanations easier to understand.
      An article on night scented plants should have all gardens smelling sweet.
      The plants for problem areas are focussing on paving and patios this month.
      The articles on wildlife are focussing on shieldbugs and summer birds.
      There is also a large vegetable section with tips this month on tomatoes and increasing your harvest and what to plant for winter.
      The herbs for health section is on digestion this month with handy tips.
      The question and answer section as usual covers a wide range of subjects.
      There is also the usual whats on and readers letters page.
      It is very informative and well worth a read especially for gardeners who feel they need some advice and help to make the most from their garden.

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      21.02.2010 22:52
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      Great for all aspects of learning to garden

      I am a big fan of Gardeners World Magazine. It is a monthly magazine that it packed full of gardening hints and tips.

      The magazine costs £3.60 per month, although if you take out a 12 month subscription it is about 25% cheaper. Also the magazine regularly comes with free flower and vegetable seeds, especially in spring and summer. There is also a Gardeners Wold Offer in every issue that offers you good deals, such as 100 spring bulbs and just pay for the postage and packaging, seed potatoes and vegetable seed for the cost of postage and packaging. I do regularly take them up on the offer.

      There are normally about nine areas that the magazines covers:

      Openers - This welcomes you to the magazine and introduces you to what the editor and other members of the magazine have been getting up to and what they will be planning for this month.

      Gardens - this sections review things like your best ever boarders and greenhouse growing and arranging your garden in the best ways.

      Plants - they do through new plans that are coming out, helps you to deal with plants in problem places and helps you with things like pruning.

      Grow and eat - this takes you though the things that the columnists will be doing this month, the best vegetables on offer and trial new varieties.

      Wildlife - projects for you to help increase the wildlife in your garden are shown in this section and how to help increase birds and other animals visiting your garden.

      Problem solving - This covers any questions readers have sent in and how the professionals would deal with them.

      What's on - this section goes through all the activates and shows that are going on in this month.

      Have your say - letters from readers are shown in this section, showing thinks like readers garden overhauls and veg growing successes.

      But by far my favourite section is the monthly planner that is a pull out section which goes through all projects that need to be tackled in the garden for the rest of the month. It is really helpful and insightful.

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        25.10.2009 14:22
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        One to dip into: reading about one issue per season would be about right

        What to say about BBC Gardeners' World Magazine? We used to buy occasional issues from the shops / garden centre, and found it quite interesting. Following a special offer run by Tesco club-card points, wherein we got a year's subscription to the magazine for effectively about £10-15 worth of clubcard points (it was a 'double your monetary value of points' offer, or some such) we've been getting it monthly. I mean every. Single. Month. For about the last six months.

        This Tesco clubcard thing wasn't by any means a bad offer - especially when you consider that a single issue of 'Gardeners' World' - this being one of those fairly hefty, glossily-printed 'premium' magazines - will cost you about £3 from the shops. The problem is simply that I find that BBC Gardeners' World mag is - and I hate to say this - a bit bloody boring if you have to read it every month, really. The format never varies - much of the content is basically thinly-veiled adverts for different / new horticultural varieties of plant. There isn't all that much to read, in fact. Alan Titchmarsh and Monty Don usually have a couple of pages of contribution each, and there's a gardeners' Q&A forum, and a letters page, but much of the rest is pretty pictures of plants, really. As for 'free reader offers' - well, there are a lot of these, every month, but I don't call having to pay £4 P&P for a load of scrawny bare-rooted plants that I could go and select myself from the local plant nursery, for about the same price as that P&P much of a reader offer really.

        Then in the magazine there's this regularly-appearing how-to-do-it 'plant up a seasonal planter' feature that usually runs to approx. 4-6 full-colour pages. This I find particularly irksome, firstly because it isn't technically what I'd call gardening; rather this is all about spending a small fortune on posh pots and fully-grown plants down the garden centre, which you then 'plant' up at home - admittedly, quite attractively. However what you're doing here is more like flower-arranging in a slightly more permanent, soil-based context, than anything else - and the suggested arrangements will cost you an arm and a leg! Including all the pots, compost and plants, £40-50 per planted planter is one of the more budget starting points - and from there the costs only sprial upwards! I think this is ridiculous.

        What the magazine could really do with, I think, is some more techical content - about the different families of popular garden plant perhaps. This is such a watered-down, pretty-pictures-for-dummies type of publication that I doubt we'll ever see such content, though.

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        25.05.2009 00:15
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        Excellent read for gardeners new and old

        I am 30 years old, and I love my garden. My friends think I am a bit of a nerd, but I find it relaxing and I really enjoy it.

        I subscribe to Gardeners World Magazine because I find it a really useful source of information. I am by no means a professional and Gardeners World helps me by offering step by step instructions on how to do things like taking cuttings, or pruning, which I would struggle to do, but GW gives me the confidence to give it a go.

        It is a monthly magazine, so there are 12 issues per year packed full of useful hints and tips, features on other people's gardens, interviews with celebrity gardeners and everyday allotmenteers and the like.

        One of the features in the magazine is a 'what to do now' list, and I find this to be a good reminder of all the little jobs that need doing e.g. pruning the roses, or planting certain seeds.

        There is always an offer in the magazine to get plants for 'free' from a mail order company such as Thompson and Morgan or Mr Fothegills for example, where you only pay the p&p charges of around £3.59. I find this a good way of getting my garden stocked cheaply and it ensures that I have interest in my garden all year round because the plants in the offer are always topical for the time of year that they are featured.

        The current cover price on Gardeners World magazine is £3.50, but if you buy it via a subscription it makes it around 10% cheaper. I got my subscription from the website www.gardenersworld.com, but you can also get it from the other subscription sites such as www.greatmagazines.co.uk, or with Tesco Clubcard Points via the Tesco Website if you have enough.

        Often, they do deals on the subscription websites where you can get your first 3 issues for £1.00 when you take out a subscription to the magazine, so that works out a lot less expensive. Also there are usually free gifts when you subscribe, e.g. recent offers have been books, a rose, or hand tools.

        My only gripe is that it can sometimes be a bit 'samey' if you have been reading the mag for a year or more, because obviously the same things roll around year after year in the garden, like how to get rid of slugs, or how to prune your apple tree, but the majority of the features do change - so for me it is worth buying.

        I would recommend buying an issue or two to see how it is for you. I enjoy the magazine plopping onto my door mat each month, and I hope you will too.

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        04.02.2007 15:00
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        I hope I havn't made the magazine sound boring with all my waffle!

        OK, so I’m a 27 year old mum of a toddler who only moved out of her mothers warm and cosy nest 3 years ago. Now my mother said “You mite be able to wash the dishes pet, but you may as well pave over any garden you may have” when she saw what I did to my rented humble abode 2 years ago. I had just had a baby and summer was coming with a vengeance and I wanted it to be all lovely for photographs for our memories.

        I dug a patch of land out and had plans for it to be all flowery and attracting ladybirds and butterflies for my little baby. I wanted to be the best mum in the world you see. At that time I didn’t know my cleatis from my hosta and bought whatever was cheapest from ebay. What a mess – a 2metre x 2metre patch of land full of bulbs ans seeds that I hadn’t a clue when to plant or when they would flower.

        So you get the picture I was (and still am to be fair) a novice. 18 months we rented that house and decided that it was time to try and buy a house. Being first time buyers we got a really good deal from the builders of a new house (shoe box actually!) and moved in there. Oh it was lovely – WAS! I decided that I wanted borders all round my front lawn. Digging away last summer I found little grubs. All worked stopped till I found out what they were. And that was it.. I loved finding out about the leather jacket grubs. I had and when to treat to get rid of them. My passion for gardening and for educating myself about the basics was ignited. I bought Alan Titchmarch’s Gardener’s Year book and I felt a little more confident.

        Browsing magazines in Tesco’s there were many gardening mags to choose from but the BBC logo and the fact I’d actually seen 1 or 2 programs I decided to choose BBC Gardener’s World.

        Now this is going to be a hard review to write because 1) this is only my 4th review. 2) this magazine is excellent but I just don’t know why!

        I have had 3 other gardening magazines that just don’t hold my interest. I browse through them without taking any interest or picking up any skills or knowledge. I cannot put my finger on why Gardener’s World keeps me intrigued. I shall go through it wilth you and hopefully at the end of it we’ll see just why I think it’s a fab mag.


        The magazine month is the actual month eg, I bought February’s issue 2nd Feb (magazine on sale 25th Jan – 26th Feb). They only started doing this a few months back but I feel it was the right decision. It ludicrous to have a gardening magazine for February that has March’s date on it. Good call mag makers!

        The font cover is always stunning. A close up of a plant and maybe wildlife. This month there’s a tortoiseshell butterfly on a verbena. Beautiful colours and a bold print title really does make the magazine stand out from all the rest. Old Alan’s face on their might just pull a few extra punter’s too.. sorry Mr Titchmarsh!

        The magazine costs £3.10 which is typical for a gardening magazine in my opinion. Gardening Answers is £3.00 to compare.

        The website address www.gardenersworld.com is displayed on the front cover too. The website itself is rather comprehensive. It has the ‘best bits’, in my opinion, from the mag along with programme news, jobs in the garden this month, giveaways, reader club, what’s on guide, a link to subscribe and subscription information too.

        So the magazine..

        The ‘Fresh Ideas’ section is lovely. I have never actually made anything but I always want too and probably would if I had the equipment to hand. This month they show you how to make a wire heart plant support for Valenines Day. Simple but so effective.

        ‘We love FEBUARY for..’ Always manages to sum up the feeling of the time of year with sumpious describing words then follows photo’s and easy to follow information with A list plants starring this month.

        Alan this month tells us about Wisteria in ‘know your climbers’ A 5 page spread full with photo’s, information about Wisteria, where to buy mail order, how to prune and train and a reader’s pant offer.

        In this months issue Sarah Raven also has 5 pages full with information on how quick and easy it is to sow seeds indoors and get your flowers off to a great start.

        Every month Roy Lancaster tells us what impressive plant he has seen on his travels. This month he tells of a white birch in Kashmir.

        There’s also an article every moth on other people’s impressive gardens telling us their inspiration and ideas.

        Joe Swift always offers solutions for how to use plants, often having a complete series of ‘how to do…’

        There’s always news about oagic gardening, or conserving water or importance of composting. Real sound facts and advice and good ideas without preaching.

        A good section on what to do in your garden now for flowers, in your greenhouse, fruit and veg and general tasks around your garden.

        There’s a free PC CD-ROM from www.naturalengland.org.uk about gardening with wildlife in mind.

        The next bit I am very excited about. To keep an eye out for.. Foxes. I read the description of the noise they make when they find a vixen. It answers my question of a rather chilling squeal I heard 4.00am about a month a go.. now I’m sure I have foxes walking down my street!!

        There’s a section on wildlife gardening followed by Reader Offers. I find these offers not very cheap I have to say but they do have some ‘canny’ ideas.

        Carol Klein is featuring at the moment with articles to go along with her BBC2 series ‘Grow Your Own Veg’

        Pippa Greenwood features often with advice, this month, on the best onions to grow with Rick Stein providing a ‘home-grown soup’ recipe.

        A huge section on buying Propagators followed swiftly buy another reader offer.

        9 pages available for reader’s gardening questions. I can tell you I have learnt a thing or three from here!

        To follow is a section where readers can ‘Have their say’ Letters, rants’ complaints, tips and polls. Still managing to keep me interested now the magazine is nearing to the end. And of course, ‘up for grabs’ competiotns and giveaways.

        There’s a section on Gardens To Visit along with garden discount voucers which I have used in the past. To visit The Alnwick Garden. Following is a place for events and show dates.

        The ending pages are pages and pages of classifieds and then.. Tales from Titchmarsh.. he’s so dry.. don’t you just think he’s great.

        So That’s my favourite magazine, there’s ofen subscription offers of free gifts or 25% off as is in thins months mag.

        I do have a critism though. I do. I am 27 year old female (the looks I get from old and young at checkouts when I’m buying is rather funny!) and I find the advertisements rather ageist.. ACTUALLY I take that back, I must not take any notice of the Flora Proactive, Subaru, cancer research, ibuleve adverts and home in on the chintz plumb furniture covers, ride-on lawn mowers, senior railcard, walk in bath and the bath mate magic air cushion!

        I really would love to hear your comments on the magazine. Am I just dazzled by the excitement and the newness of gardening or is this magazine actually very good?

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          25.09.2006 14:47
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          Caters for all different standards of gardener.

          I get my subscription to Gardener's World Magazine through Tesco's Clubcard special offers, which means I get it for about £8 per year instead of over £30.

          It is my favourite gardening magazine, because it caters to people who haven't done much gardening at all as well as experienced gardeners.

          For inspiration:
          It has features on readers' gardens each month, and covers show gardens at all the major flower shows.

          For help:
          It has a questions and answers page, as well as other features on how to stop weeds, garden pests, etc.

          For planning:
          It has a section each month detailing what you should be doing in each are of your garden that month.

          Special offers:
          Each month there seems to be a free plant on offer (you have to pay postage) as well as discount offers.

          For subscribers:
          Subscribers get their own extra section, with more special offers and competitions, and a discount card which gives you 10% discount in many garden centres all over the country.

          As long as I can get the magazine subscritption discounted, I will continue to subscribe. Not sure I would pay £30 though, I would probably just buy a few issues, as they can be a little bit samey.

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            17.07.2006 02:47
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            Gardener’s World Magazine

            I love gardening. In fact, of all the things I love, gardening is right up there with toasted bagels, sunny days down the park, my boyfriend’s smile and rainbows.

            Gardener’s World Magazine has travelled the journey to gardening love I have been on all my life, and it’s been such a great source of information and inspiration that I felt compelled really to write about it here.

            There are other magazines out there for gardening enthusiasts, but I really fell this one has the greatest quantity of good information and advise, the most amazing colour photography, with some of the images being, in my opinion, frame worthy, as well as reader offers on plants and a whole directory on gardens to visit and shops to purchase your gardening stock at. It is just jam packed full of everything that could possibly be useful for either a hopeful or a more experienced gardener.

            Perhaps the thing I like best about this magazine is the tone of writing. These are people who live and breath gardening – it’s their passion, their world, and when they write, there isn’t the slightest hint of talking down to, or patronising-ness (I know, I made that word up, but it’s all about creation, isn’t it…?) – you feel that they are happy to share their knowledge, that it isn’t a race for who knows the most, and that all they really want to do is infuse others with the joy and passion they feel every time they pick up a trowel, or sow a seed, or eat an apple straight from the tree.

            *****What Goes Into Gardener’s World Magazine?*****

            The content of the magazine is always varied in subject, but follows a distinct format.

            There is a section at the beginning called FIRST WORD, which is a welcome to the magazine, and includes the monthly feature from Monty Don, which is always entitled “What I love about…”. In this Monty describes what he likes so much about the particular month we are in. This is a short piece of writing but one a full double page photograph, often of Monty in his garden, and always inspirational in terms of planting and colours and light.

            The next section is about gardens to visit, and there is a feature garden with lots of photographs to inspire you. Joe Swift also has a feature in this section about his garden design course, and he gives advice on planning out your garden before you start, in terms of planting, hard landscaping and features. It’s very interesting and helpful whatever stage your garden is at.

            The next section is the most well thumbed for me – plants and flowers. There is always a feature which focuses on one particular type of plant or flower, and it’s always very interesting reading. Often this feature covers less well known plants and flowers, and has taught me a lots about may plants I would never have come across in my local area.

            The Wildlife section is always a good read, often giving advice on how to attract wildlife to your garden plot. I have followed much of the advice given in past issues and have found my garden has developed quite quickly into its own little eco-system with butterflies, bees, birds, hedgehogs and the occasional field mouse all vying for space amongst the plants and flowers and trees.

            Well-being is the next section, and Sarah Raven often heads this up. There is information in this months issue on Super foods – the top ten plants to give you a healthier and happier life, as well as a section by Sarah Raven on healing herbs.

            Other sections include one on flavour, which includes more information from Jekka McVicar on herbs and their uses, plus organic gardening hints and tips. There is a section on buying for your garden, with all the latest must-haves. The problem-solving section is full of readers’ letters asking for advice which is given out by the gardening experts. There is a section about visiting gardens around the country, and the last page is always a little something from Alan Titchmarsh.

            At the back of the magazine there is always a directory, which is full of contact details for plant and garden specialists and suppliers, and there are always offers peppered throughout the magazine. I have just taken one of these up – for a garden groom at a knock-down-price. It’s a hedge trimmer which collects the trimmings in a bag and shreds them for quick composting. As I have lots of hedges, I’m hoping it will be useful, and once I’ve got it, and have used it, I’ll be reviewing it!


            *****Where to Buy your Magazine and How Much it will Cost you*****

            I buy my magazine either in my local corner shop, WHSmiths, or my local supermarket. The price is the same wherever you buy it, and really only differs if you subscribe, when you will get it cheaper, depending on what they’re offering at the time you subscribe.

            COST: £3.10
            12 Issues per year, on a monthly basis
            Published by BBC
            For more information: www.gardenersworld.com

            Thank you so much for reading, enjoy your gardens!
            Kate x

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              16.10.2005 18:14
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              Gardeners World is a magazine packed full of tips & advice for gardening both flowers, veg & plants.

              If you had asked me a year ago if I would be reading Gardeners’ World Magazine I would have laughed at you. I wanted a garden but mainly so I could lie and sunbathe in it and have somewhere to hang out my washing. Fast forward to December last year and we bought a new house with a garden and I fell in love with gardening. Now I am no Alan Titchmarsh (I’m female for a start) or Charlie Dimmock (I wouldn’t go out without a bra!) but I have found a real interest in gardening. There is something quite satisfying about going into your garden and picking a bunch of flowers to display in your house, or going and picking salad and vegetables for your dinner. So to feed my interest in my new gardening hobby I went out to buy a gardening magazine. Now there are plenty to choose from but I went for one I had heard of, Gardeners’ World, a magazine from the BBC and linked to the well known gardening programme on BBC 2 (and yes I do now watch that as well!).

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              It costs £2.95 and for this you get a magazine packed full of features and gardening tips and advice. The magazine is bright and glossy and in the November issue has 146 pages, so there’s plenty to keep you occupied. I am lucky enough now to get the magazine on subscription as a birthday present from my parents. This month you can subscribe for 12 issues at a cost of £35.40, for this price it will be delivered to your door and you will also receive a free pair of loppers worth £21.49. If you don’t want any loppers you can receive the 12 issues for a reduced price of £29.50. My advice is buy a few issues and see if you like it, if you do and want to get it regularly then it is certainly worth getting a subscription.

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              The main headings in the magazine tend to be the same month to month with the articles varying. I will talk you through the main topics and let you know what is in the November issue which is the one out now.

              Fresh Ideas – This is the first topic and this section shows you ideas to brighten up your garden, there are things you can make at home and also things you can buy in the shops. This month the ideas include ways of livening up your plant pots using material and PVA glue and how to make a boot scraper from a log and a slate (a bit like Blue Peter but no sticky-backed plastic!).

              Gardens – In this section they give you ideas on designing your garden. They visit someone’s garden and talk to them about the design and the plants used and give you tips on how to recreate it in your own garden. The gardens vary in size and design so there is something for everyone. This month they have visited a natural looking garden near Oban. There is also advice on how to find a garden designer if you don’t want to tackle the job yourself.

              Each month there is also a “Plant Pin-Up Page” although it’s not on page 3. I like this idea, its fun and you get to learn about some lovely looking plants and flowers. This month it is Honesty, the silver seed headed plant. It’s not a plant I have in my garden but reminds me of my mum and dad as they used to have some dried Honesty in a vase in the house. There is also a section on new plants, there is a photo of it and then it tells you when it flowers, where to plant it, how high it grows, where you can buy it and how much it costs.

              Plants and Flowers – This month the main topic is very seasonal and is about growing indoor bulbs. It gives you some new ideas of bulbs to grow in addition to the usual hyacinths and how to grow them either in soil or in water.

              Wildlife – This section features a different bird or animal each month that you might find in your garden. This month it is Tits, of the bird variety, what to feed them, how to attract them into your garden and the different types.

              Flavour – This is the fruit and vegetable section. This month it is about apples and potatoes. In the potato section they show you lots of different types of potatoes, many of which I have never heard of, and they recommend growing Charlotte potatoes. There is also a potato recipe from Nick Nairn, but I haven’t tried that yet.

              What to do now – This section is a reminder of all the things you should be doing in your garden just now. It’s separated into flowers, greenhouse, project, fruit and veg, around the garden and allotments. In-case you wondered you should be deciding whether to dig up your dahlias or mulch them, sewing your sweet peas, feeding your peppers, insulating your greenhouse, storing your apples, picking up the leaves and growing your own garlic (you can use the ones you buy in the supermarket). Once you’ve done all that you can get back to reading the magazine.

              Tried and Tested – In this section they test a different type of product each month. This month it is leaf blowers and they test a variety of different priced products and tell you what was good and bad about each one.

              Gardens to visit – In this section they give you money off vouchers for visiting different gardens. This month you get one adult free when one pays for six different gardens. As one of the gardens is Wakehurst Place in West Sussex costs £8 for an adult it’s a good saving.

              My Opinion
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              I really like this gardening magazine. As this review hopefully shows it’s packed full of information. I think there is something there for everyone and every garden. For me as a beginner to gardening this magazine has been very useful. I keep all my old copies and tend to flick back through them for help and advice with different problems. If you didn’t want to buy it every month you could just look at the front cover and see if it had anything that was relevant for you and your garden and just buy it now and again. As for me I will continue to get my monthly copy and try and make my fingers a little greener!!

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                BBC Gardeners' World magazine is perfect toilet reading....short, interesting articles, lots of pictures and easy to read. Makes a good aternative to Cosmopolitan. Anyway, back to reviewing the magazine. When I was young I though I would rather die than want to read this magazine, or watch the programme for that matter. Middle age has worked its miracle on me now and Gardeners' World seems like a good idea. It is also Britain's best selling gardening magazine. The magazine costs £2.50 per issue and is released monthly. However you can subscribe using a form in the magazine, which either gives you a discount (12 for the price of 10) or a free gift, e.g. weeding fork and trowel in the June issue. I think this magazine is for both the experienced and inexperienced gardener (count me in on the latter). Some articles are very technical or full of unpronounceable Latin names where as others are for simple souls like me. There are articles about everything you can imagine – garden design, different types of plants, garden equipment, vegetables, indoor plants, history of plants, questions and answers, colour schemes, pond plants etc. etc. There are always readers’ offers and competitions, for example competitions to win a holiday of a lifetime or ticket offers for gardening shows. The magazine is full of adverts, which can get a bit annoying, but on the other hand I have ordered a few innovative things – great for present ideas. It features most of the well known ‘characters’ from the BBC Gardening shows, not just Gardeners’ World. The men will be happy with lovely Rachael de Thame, whilst some women (not me) will be happy with Tommy Walsh (can anyone explain his appeal to me?) To give you an idea of a typical issue, I will give some details of articles in the June 2001 edition: + Garden News – guide to the latest news in gardening + Your letters R
                11; letters and photos about readers’ gardens. + Tomorrow’s World – future gardening developments + Houseplants – feature on different houseplants each month + Q&A – questions and answers on all gardening matters + Gardening on the Web – guide to the best gardening websites + Readers' Offers – hose reels to be won, discount card, plant offers + Home and Dry – article on succulents +Tommy’s Ground Force Diary – Tommy Walsh on a Ground Force makeover + How to grow Summer Salad Leaves – growing your own salad couldn’t be simpler + Controlling Greenfly – effective ways to control these pests + The Recycled Garden – how to create a garden from unwanted items + Water Lilies – turn your pond into a master piece + What’s your favourite flower? – vote on the nation’s favourite + Big ideas for Small Gardens – how to make the most of a small space + Tales from Titchmarsh – Alan reveals his future aspirations + Jargon Made Easy – guide to garden feature terminology This is only about three quarters of the articles in June’s issue, so as you can see there is a wide range of articles, none too long or taxing. The magazine is usually around 200 colourful pages long and is packed with information. Each month the articles are relevant to the gardening year, so in winter they will not be talking about mowing the lawn or growing strawberries and in summer they will not be talking about frost cover. The multitude of photos of are of very high quality, even if they do make your own garden seem quite dull and colourless in comparison. If you are not too ashamed of getting older and have even a mild interest in gardening, give it a go. I can guarantee a good read on the toilet and off. Enjoy!!

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                  Friday nights, 8.30, three years ago, a curious thing happened. I found myself saying down at The Vine In Manchester, "No, sorry, I better not have another pint, I've got to get home for Gardener's World..." (No, I'm sorry, I'm lying, it was 7.30, I'd got to get home from the pub, remember.) Hoots of derision followed, but I was in actual fact deadly, deadly serious.... Middle age had apparently crept up on me completely unnoticed and gripped me where it hurt - the tell tale signs were all there - couldn't stop peeing half the time, liked going to B&Q and fell in love with our old pal Alan Tichmarsh - a Friday night just wasn't worth living without my weekly dose of Alan. Well, I've got over it now to a certain extent but for a period of about two years there I was definitely starting to go on the turn and was developing some extremely peculiar habits. I'd even started remembering the Latin names of a lot of the plants and flowers - when you talk about narcissus, lilium and hederix rather than "that red one that smells nice", you know you've got it really bad, and the bug had bitten me. It all started when we decided to move to a new house in Lancashire, one of those with just soil at the back instead of a garden. There was a mammoth job to do out there, especially as the back was virtually full of clay and discarded rubbish the builders had left behind. Like a mad impetuous fool I decided to go and sort it all out myself - well, let me tell you it took me a good six months to get things how me and Mrs dave27 wanted them and that's how I found myself making a special date with Big Al every Friday night at 8.30. Gardeners World, let me tell you, is very addictive stuff, and you can find out all manner of interesting stuff on there. Titchers is the best on there and there are some absolutely awful middle class types on there,
                  people like Stephen Lacey and Pippa Greenwood and they mean that I can find a way of switching it off, but even then the stuff they do is VERY INTERESTING. I was able to con most of my mates that it was actually BBC2's Comedy Zone which followed straight after GW that I was really after, but we know the truth don't we gentle readers - how a grown man was seduced by that immortal phrase "Whatever the weather this weekend, enjoy your garden." My infatuation stretched in the end as far as getting the monthly companion magazine to the series, but I managed to beat my withdrawal pangs early enough in the end to avoid getting the binders to keep them in, but I couldn't prevent myself getting a cheapo composting bin to put our potato peelings in. Dedication, eh? Anyway, Gardeners World - The Magazine is in actual fact a bloody good read for gardeners everywhere and always packed out with useful stuff - I cancelled my subscription some time ago, because in the end it felt like I was reading the same stuff over and over again because the material tends to go in cycles, but it's also mainly because I'm a fickle git who gets a craze then gets out of it - Dooyoo doesn't leave time for Titchers now. There are always about 200 pages of full colur articles each month and the staff of excellent writers always have something interesting to say - GW is the best mag of its kind - but just don't tell the blokes down The Vine I said so!

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                    11.02.2001 14:19
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                    Out of all the general gardening magazines on the market I have found Gardeners World the best. They show every month a collection of flowers in bloom during that month, with many unusual plants, and the jobs to be done in the garden. There are articles on featured plant families and often ideas on designing gardens. There is a huge classified section at the back which enables you to get in touch with nurseries and order all those yummy catalogues. Every month there is a discount coupon which gives a free entrance to a garden somewhere in the country so you are spoilt for choice. All this with beautiful glossy photos, just the thing to read on a grey wintery day.

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                    03.01.2001 04:55
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                    I love Gardeners World magazine. It's full of beautiful glossy photographs (digitally enhanced, I'm certain) of wonderful gardens.These are exactly the sort of garden I would like. The celebrity spots where we get to look at a famous person's garden are particularly appealing,(not that we really believe that they did all the back breaking work themselves.) I study this magazine carefully and plan what I would like to do with my small garden. I even get to the planning stage (excellent fun on winter evenings) and work out exactly what I need to order to produce a reasonable facsimile of one of these glorious plots. I never actually get round to starting a project because once the summer comes I am too busy cutting hedges, mowing grass and wrestling with weeds and I never seem to get the time to start. Once winter comes round again I go back to the drawing board with a fresh idea.

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                    Gardeners World magazine is generally very good .It covers a wide range of information and alough some of the features are sometimes too middle class.The questions and answers pages are usually pretty good and cover many common problems.It has the added advantage of the link to the Gardeners world tv. programme and often follows on some of their projects .There product tests seem very thorough and give you a good idea of which is best. All in all well worth a read

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                    Okay, so some of you reading this will be thinking that it’s just not normal for a 19 year old to have – and be proud of! – a subscription to Gardeners World magazines (although anyone who knows me would quickly point out that I’m not normal!!) But I DO have a subscription and, yes, I AM proud of it!! I first came across an back issue of GW, dog-eared with vital pages torn out (WHY do people do that?!!) in a hospital waiting room and, when I escaped from the clutches of the medical profession, I went out and bought myself the newest issue. There are two types of gardening magazines, those that are useful and those that just have pretty pictures but are full of completely impractical information (I’m sure I’d love some papier-mâché – if only I could be bothered making them!!). Gardeners World is helpful to both serious gardeners and to people like me who go out when they’re able to. As an added bonus, it looks gorgeous with bright, glossy photographs you could easily cut out and hang on the wall! I’m not exactly what you could call a heavy-duty gardener - I’m more an ideas person! But I do like being out there when I can, imagining what it will look like and growing my own plants from seed. And that’s why I like Gardeners World above the many other magazines – it provides information on the little things (such as seed germination) along with many articles that fit the recent trend of garden makeovers. It also has an extremely interesting column in every issue detailing the biology behind plants – how they grow, how the reproduce and how they fruit for example. It has a fairly strong environmental ethos, and tries to cater for not only the garden-obsessed people most garden magazines deal with (the sort that won’t have a single slug in their garden and think DDT should be reintroduced!) but also for the likes of me, the occasional dabbler who thinks
                    that slugs are fairly cute (if you look at them in the right light!!) and can’t bring herself to squish greenfly! It has balanced and thought provoking articles on both organic gardening and chemicals that are available for use, putting the environmental view across gently but firmly. This is the magazine to buy if you’re one of the many in love with the delights of Alan Titchmarsh (one word: yeuch!!) as it has a liberal dosing of him and his wisdom in each issue. The newer TV gardeners, such as Rachel de Thame (yes, dear, you have nice hair; now PLEASE stop flicking it at the camera!!) and Chris Beardshaw are also liberally dotted around the pages. My only real criticism of this magazine is that it does seem to forget that many or it’s readers will only have small and typically urban plots to work in, and not acres of sprawling lawns and water features! Small can be beautiful too, but GW chooses to concentrate on designs and ideas that are completely impractical for those with 10 metres x 10 metres to work in, with no alternative suggestions given on how the designs can be incorporated into small spaces. In my opinion, this magazine also tends to rely a bit too heavily on the familiar gardening faces from the TV series of the same name. I’m sure they’re good, but it would be nice to hear some newer voices and ideas. This is a gardening magazine – if I wanted personalities I’d subscribe to “OK!” instead!! For all that, though, Gardeners World is – and will continue to be – the magazine I buy to aid and inspire me when I get planting in the summer. It has helped me out many times in the last year when I needed information or encouragement and is written in clear English, not techno babble, with simple and easy to understand guides to understanding the plants that grow in the UK. There isn’t a better gardening magazine out on the market and, with such
                    a low price; it is a bargain to those of us with green fingers!

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                      I started gardening 'seriously' at the beginning of this year, and bought a lotof the magazines out there for information and inspiration. This was one of the most highly recommended, but I'm afraid I found it rather disappointing. It does look very nice, but that's rather part of the trouble. It seems to be more about glossy pictures of plants and posh gardens than articles which actually tell you to achieve these ends! I did buy several copies, because people kept assuring me it was the best, but I found they were all pretty much the same, pretty without any substance. The only in-depth stuff there was featured things like pretty technical water features; there didn't seem to be a lot of basics. Personally, I'd also have liked to see a more organic approach. I'm not entirely opposed, I don't think, to using chemicals, but this magazine seems to have an emphasis on spraying something at every opportunity!

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