Dry January is almost over – time to try a new wine

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Given the range of delicious options, why not find alternatives to your regular tipple?I was chatting to a friend the other day and discovered that he only ever buys...

Dry January: it’s never been easier to go alcohol-free

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Shunning the booze this month? Luckily, supermarket shelves are now stacked with tasty alternatives to keep you on the wagonSo how is it going for those of you...

Growing pains: how the climate crisis is changing British gardens

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Across Britain, gardeners are facing the challenges of an unstable climate: extreme weather, unpredictability and prospering pests – and trying a range of solutions to copeOn a dank...

In praise of unrenovated kitchens and overgrown gardens

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Our enthusiasm for turning where we live into display homes is making them soulless - and us boringIf you want a picture of marital misery, or perhaps you...

Green shoots: how veganism is changing gardening

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Giving up animal products this year? If so, you might want to rethink how you gardenThere are not many big ideas that come along in gardening. After all,...

When it comes to feeding the soil, cow manure just can’t be beaten

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Every gardener needs a top supplier of rotten muckThe magic of manure. Farmer Tom has been and gone. He left behind three sacks of muck. Black cow manure,...

Why I’ve turned my house into a home for rescued plants

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I like to feel that I’m rescuing them, but maybe it’s the other way aroundThere’s a greenhouse at the back of my local garden centre where they keep...

Craft works: ‘We both make things – it was important our home reflected that’

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Salvaged wood and friends’ art make this old malthouse a warm family homeWirksworth has always been a place where people make things,” says Esther Patterson. The Derbyshire market...

Meet the ‘cleanfluencers’, the online gurus who like things nice and tidy

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It may not be spring yet, but everybody’s cleaning. Or, at the very least, they are talking about it. It has only been a month since Tidying Up With Marie...

Doms away! Is delayed onset muscle soreness inevitable after a workout?

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Taking part in any unusual exercise can leave your muscles feeling tender and sore, but can you reduce or even prevent the pain? Experts explain what works and what...