Val is an award-winning garden writer, photographer and lecturer.
Val writes for The Daily Telegraph, Saga Magazine and many others and has been awarded the Garden Media Journalist of the Year. Val also judges the perennial and dahlia trials at RHS Wisley. Her website can be found at www.valbourne.co.uk.
Some of the plants commonly found in our gardens have toxic properties which may be useful in medicine but can prove deadly if eaten. Read our tips for plants to avoid and precautions to take.
Hepaticas provide plenty of pollen and nectar for the earliest bees.
Find out how you can use comfrey plants to make an organic fertiliser.
How to make a compost heap and how to use compost from hot and cold heaps.
Read Val Bourne's recommended trees and shrubs that grow well in clay soil.
Read gardening expert Val Bourne on the best plants to grow in clay soil.
Find out how to prune the many different varieties of roses.
Find out when to plant and what broad bean varieties are best to grow.
Find out how to grow chillies from seed and how to care for the plants.