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

Compost heap
Home & Garden

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
Home & Garden

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
Home & Garden

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
Home & Garden

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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Chilli growing in vegetable garden
Home & Garden

Top five chilli varieties to grow at home

Gardening expert Val Bourne shares her pick of chilli varieties you can grow at home.

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Wooden compost box
Home & Garden

Composting to improve poor soil

Read our guide to making compost to improve poor soil.

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Achillea plant
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Plants that do well on poor soil

Read our guide to choosing plants that will do well on poor soil.

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