The story behind the book

Scott J Millin, author of The Easy-care Garden loves being outdoors in the garden. He is passionate about what he does and likes to use his own life experiences to help inspire others, which clearly comes through in his book. Some of his earliest childhood memories are of being outside, helping his father and grandfather on the allotment and in the garden…..

The garden boardwalk

Creating a raised rustic walkway into the garden lures you irresistibly in. by Scott J Millin   The boardwalk leads from the back door over the patio and into the garden. It is a simple construction made from pallets and edged with log rolling. Once it has weathered, it takes on a rustic and appealing…
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Spring promise

As the garden goes into hibernation for winter, our attention turns to the forthcoming spring, for it is bulb planting season. By Scott J Millin   Late autumn, early winter, and it is time to welcome a transition in the gardening year. As the final remnants of summer plants fade, it is a time to…
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Planting a fernery

I’ve always had a soft spot for ferns and find they evoke a sense of a primaeval, Jurassic period where dinosaurs ruled the world. By Scott J Millin   I love seeing the fronds as they slowly unwrap into beautiful architectural foliage; they turn what is essentially a shady border into a calm and relaxing…
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Build it and they will come!

Just over two years ago, I decided to make a change to my garden. I’ve always have been very conscious of the plight of wildlife and have always aimed to grow nectar-rich flowers. Often this meant bypassing the charming but useless double-flowered varieties in favour of the single blooms. However, this was no longer enough,…
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Why the humble garden path is so important

For most, the garden path is a way of getting from A to B, and that is as far as it goes, or does it? A pathway says a lot about the sort of gardener you are. Although a good route should be an intriguing journey that allures you to walk it, it shouldn’t lead…
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Covid-19 – are we a nation of gardeners’ again?

We are in uncharted territory, due to the Covid-19 strain of Coronavirus we have found ourselves severely restricted. Lockdown has indeed been tough, for many of us, we have had to spend more time at home, probably the most we have spent since we were children. Many lucky enough to have a garden and time…
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Planting for damp shade

Here  is my Asian inspired border, which forms part of my woodland themed backdrop to my small garden. There’s not much in the way of flowers, yet the foliage gives such a pop of colour, in my opinion, it can match any flower border. The border is in a damp shady corner of the garden,…
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