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Top tips when getting ready to garden

A little bit of planning before any garden task can make a big difference. From the right tools to warming up, find tips to reduce possible stresses and strains.

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Mowing the lawn

Regular lawn mowing is a good workout, getting you outdoors and keeping your garden tidy. The right equipment and technique can help make it less effort.

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Guide to pruning

Some of your trees and shrubs may need pruning to keep them healthy and manageable . We look at tools and techniques to help you prune in your garden.

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Sowing seeds in trays

Growing plants from seed is a joy to experience. Follow our step-by-step guide to sowing small seeds in trays, including ways to make it easier.

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Sweeping outdoors

Sweeping paths and patios is a regular outdoor activity. It helps keeps your garden clear and safe.

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Mike's story - gardening after a heart attack

Mike, a volunteer at our Birmingham centre tells us about how gardening has supported his recovery from two heart attacks.

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Mental or physical illness can strike any of us at any time, as I know only too well, but Thrive is working miracles, it is transforming people’s lives.
— Monty Don

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