It is often said that it is darkest before the dawn, and once we see the bitter end of a frosty winter season, it is time to enjoy the first bloom of spring.

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A team of scientists have found a signal which causes roots to stop growing in compacted, hard and low-quality soil, and also a way this signal can be switched off.

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With another ‘beast from the east’ sweeping across Britain this week and bringing some perishingly cold weather and plenty of snow, many gardeners would be forgiven for thinking the best thing to do is sit indoors and wait for it to thaw out.

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We are all aware of the benefits of gardening and getting outdoors, particularly after the lockdown left many people stuck in their homes for months. But what if you don’t have a garden?

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Growing your own vegetables is very rewarding, and the best way to start is by keeping it simple. You can use a patch of garden which has been topped up with good quality topsoil, or even just a couple of pots or planters.

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If you want to do some planting, the chances are you may be planning to leave this until the weather warms up a bit. However, setting aside gardening considerations until the spring would be a missed opportunity.

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In this cold winter months, many gardeners dream of the spring when they can see the first buds and blooms and can get their gardens ready for a beautiful summer.

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In the winter months, when the trees are bare and there are few flowers in your garden borders, your outdoor space can look a little sparse.

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The quality of topsoil in your garden is vital to ensuring your plants, grass and flowers grow, and ensuring your topsoil survives the rough weather conditions we see in the winter months is vital.

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Soil quality is exceptionally important and can transform your garden into a verdant space filled with beautiful plants, flowers and vegetables.

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