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Andrea Blackie

Freelance writer

Location icon United Kingdom

I'm a garden writer and garden designer with several years' experience in writing SEO-friendly horticultural articles and blogs for garden centre websites. Clients include Wyevale Garden Centres, Plantify and Garden Connect.


Garden writing

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Top vegetable growing tips for July

'In July the sun is hot / Is it shining / No, it's not!' As musical comedy duo Flanders and Swann pointed out back in the sixties, the weather in July can be chancy, but nevertheless, it's a great month for gardeners.

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Garden plant of the moment: Pieris japonica

Pieris japonica is a plant of many names. Also known as Japanese andromeda, flame of the forest or lily-of-the-valley bush, this striking evergreen shrub looks good all year round. With its attractive foliage and sprays of spring flowers, it's a great low-maintenance shrub for shady gardens...

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How not to make a mountain out of molehills

When you've spent long hours creating your perfect lawn, the last thing you want to see is a whacking great molehill spoiling your handiwork. So to help, here's the lowdown on garden moles and what to do about them. Moles live underground, eating insects, worms and grubs.
How to grow avocado trees in the UK

On toast, in smoothies and dips, and even in desserts, we all love avocados for their soft creamy flesh and mild flavour. Avocado trees don’t often bear fruit in the UK, but they’re fun to grow and make great houseplants.
Plants for winter scent

Winter weather doesn't mean your garden can't be fragrant. Learn about the plants that provide scent through the cold season, like winter honeysuckle.
Best climbing plants for shade and problem sites

Climbing plants are ideal for covering unsightly walls and fences. There are climbing plants for shade, sun, big spaces and small, so there’s bound to be one to suit your needs.
How to clean your greenhouse

A good clean helps to get rid of any lurking pests and diseases, and boosts the light levels inside the greenhouse.
How to grow tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes straight from the plant taste great, and it’s easy to grow your own.

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Design a decked area

Create a decked area in your garden to make a special area for relaxing and entertaining. Use our ideas to start planning the perfect deck for you.

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