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Spanikopita Spinach Pie
You've grown spinach, dill, spring onions and parsley so why not add a few more ingredients and make delicious spinach and feta triangles using phyllo pastry? They are certainly moreish, a easy recipe to make for cocktails and snack parties and friends will want to know your secret.

Peaceful Pots - Go Zen
Need a place to think and dream and remember? How about a single theme patio? What about producing an Asian-themed balcony? Depth and complexity sort of evolves as you use your Zen space and meditation container garden – it will mature with you as you relax and enjoy the peace such a space offers.

Terrariums and Mini-Gardens
Make a Terrific Terrarium or a Delightful Desertarium and enjoy an interesting and genteel project for any time of the year. Do you like easy-peasy long-lasting gardening? Do you want to have some green around you but not much time to fuss? Why not create one of these? Creativity really is fun!

Chayote in Containers
Chayote in containers may be unusual for some but everyday for others – I say we should join the others and grow some. Like courgettes in a way, this vigorous climber belongs to the gourd family is popular in southern warm areas, it has many uses in the kitchen and is a medicinal vegetable as well.

Why Did You Start Gardening?
Why did you start gardening? What lifestyle influences were there that made your interest in plants and flowers and pots become a reality? Life is a casserole influences, and while it is difficult to choose just one or two, perhaps you can remember something about what made you fall in love!

Herbs in Action - CURRY PLANT
Grow something different - grow a Curry Plant. It's an aromatic herb, looks good, repels bugs and deer, smells spicy and sweet and like curry (nice I say) and while its effect in the kitchen is mild, the growing of this unusual herb is easy, low maintenance and low on water requirements too. Try!

Keep a Garden Journal
Keeping a garden journal is not an exact science! No-one is going to check if yours is neat enough; and anyway your notebook is a unique and personal garden diary which summarises your container gardening actions. It is a fine memory jogger, and an excellent record of all - start one today!

Coffee Compost for Containers
As an organic soil conditioner and fertiliser for plants, spent coffee grounds make a fine 'green' compost that will enhance your gardening space without a fuss – it’s a green gardening practice that costs very little except your effort. Smell the coffee and get going – it’s an amazing product!

Sunflowers in Pots
Pots of Sunflowers aka Pots of Pleasure are easy to grow from seed and tend; they’re a fine addition to anyone’s sunny container space. There’s a size to suit so you can grow small medium or large ... though for the large, make sure your roof is high enough! Just look at these beauties and smile!

Companion Planting for Containers
The role of plants can be a complicated one ... not for the plants ... but for us to find out about and use to our advantage. There are some plants that nurture, others are martyrs or mask plants and yet others attract beneficial goggas to our gardening spaces. What does what? What goes with what?

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