Gardening tips: plant globe thistles for pollinators

Then read up on growing your own food on a window ledge, and separate strawberry runners

Plant this In late summer, globe thistles (aka Echinops) are delightful nectar bars for pollinators, but after a season or two they turn into hulking plants not suitable for the average border. Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’ is an exception, only reaching a height and spread of 90cm x 45cm. Perfect for a sunny wildlife patch.

Read this If you are intimidated by books on growing your own food, Claire Ratinon’s new book How To Grow Your Dinner Without Leaving The House (£12.99, Laurence King) is just the thing to overcome your fears and find out just how much you can grow on a balcony or window ledge.

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