Beth Shearing

Weeds

Stinging nettles Well-known for their painful sting, these weeds are widespread. They produce a dense mat of bright yellow roots and form thickets of erect stems more than a metre…

Quit smoking, try vaping

With the right tactics, you can become an ex-smoker. Smoking rates have fallen by a quarter in the past 10 years, although almost one in five of us still lights…

Alpine plants

The majority of alpine enthusiasts use rock gardens replicating their natural habitats to grow these mini mountain plants. Since the 1980s rockeries have been out of favour with less committed…

Water waste not want not

A water scarcity in Britain sounds like an unlikely possibility, given our rainy reputation. But a spate of heatwaves and washouts have hinted at a fundamental change in Britain’s climate…

St Lucia

As masseuse Belinda spread warm lavender oil across my back with a bamboo roller, her expert hands kneading jet-lagged tissues, I felt my cares drift off like a frigate bird…

Dried flowers craft garden

Homegrown veg can be a real money-spinner, especially if they’re organic. Consider getting an allotment, as your plot could provide enough food to feed 20 people when in full production.…

Oven glove

Play around with different fabrics and brighten up your kitchen with these homemade oven gloves. You will need: ✤ 50 x 80cm peach cotton fabric – we used Moda Fabric…

How to sew a peg bag

A pretty peg bag can inject a splash of style into laundry day. Below, we’ll show you how to make one in 45 minutes using fabric from your stash. This…

Woman applying suncream

Take a siesta When you’re on holiday, it’s permissible to have a little snooze by the pool or in your room to escape the heat of the afternoon sun. A…

Greenwich

Gliding up the Thames, as fireworks light 
up the night sky, the dramatic scene of 
the Tall Ships as they head past Greenwich’s striking Old Royal Naval College is spectacular.…

Spring bulbs to plant

Plant bulbs now for a garden full of colourful surprises in spring. They’re easy to grow – simply dig a hole, pop them in and wait! Most spring-flowering bulbs prefer…

Woman swimming

Take note of the quote: ‘The flame that burns twice as bright, burns half as long’, because it seems that, in terms of exercising for healthy longevity, less is definitely…