Val Bourne

Val Bourne

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.

Latest Articles from Val

Potentially poisonous plants
Home & Garden

The potentially poisonous plants in your garden

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.

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Hepatica Nobilis
Home & Garden

How to grow hepaticas

Hepaticas provide plenty of pollen and nectar for the earliest bees.

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Comfrey
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How to make comfrey tea

Find out how you can use comfrey plants to make an organic fertiliser.

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Compost heap
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How to make a compost heap

How to make a compost heap and how to use compost from hot and cold heaps.

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Magnolia stellata
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Trees and shrubs for clay soil

Read Val Bourne's recommended trees and shrubs that grow well in clay soil.

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Monarda and rudbeckia both grow well on clay soil
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Plants for clay soil

Read gardening expert Val Bourne on the best plants to grow in clay soil.

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Pruning roses
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How to prune roses

Find out how to prune the many different varieties of roses.

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Gardener with broad beans in a basket
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Growing broad beans

Find out when to plant and what broad bean varieties are best to grow.

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Chillies growing in vegetable garden
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Growing chillies at home

Find out how to grow chillies from seed and how to care for the plants.

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