Gardening benefits for menopause symptom...
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Newson Health Menopause Garden GP, Menopause Specialist and balance founder Dr Louise Newson has joined forces with award-winning garden designer Ruth Gwynn to create the Newson Health Menopause Show Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2023.The garden will reflect Newson Health’s ethos of inclusive and accessible menopause support for all, creating a tranquil and comfortable space for women to reflect on their health and discover the nutritional and physical power of plants for mental health and wellbeing.We spoke with a number of women who confirmed that, whilst gardening may not be a cure for menopause symptoms, it can certainly help women through it. Name, age, location, jobLiz Garrigan, 50, Richmond, Surrey, Self-Employed GardenerMeno or periPerimenopause for about a yearMain symptomsAt the start of last year I started feeling overwhelmed with life, waking up a lot in the night and my mind would start racing and a general feeling of “not being able to face”  decision making. I then started to think that maybe I was perimenopausal when the brain fog kicked in as well. I’ve always had a good memory and like to be organised and planning, but my brain really felt vacant at times.Impact of symptoms on your daily lifeThe emotional and physical tiredness coupled brain fog knocked my confidence and made me feel that I didn’t want to do anything, particularly not wanting to engage with social situations or go out in general. Avoidance techniques started to kick in as it felt simpler to take the path which was easiest, even if deep down I knew that I should be seeing people and getting out. How gardening helps you manage those symptoms.Sometimes when I’d wake up, having finally fallen asleep just before my alarm was due to go off, I’d feel quite anxious for no specific reason – the anxiety could be about “anything and everything”. I noticed that getting myself out to my clients and getting going on the garden I was working in started to reduce the anxiety. I suppose it’s a way of gaining control over negative feelings and making a difference to clients’ gardens that spurred me on. I’ve always been someone who enjoys being outside and some of the days I’ve felt most invigorated and affirmed are in the bad weather with my big coat on.   I think if I had to be inside for most of the day, I’d be very restless. The light and fresh air really helps me manage feelings of anxiety.I also like the peace of gardening and usually the single focus of an activity helps with diminishing difficult emotions and concentration. Being close to nature, whether that’s the wind and rain or birds and worms, brings home the benefits of appreciating simple and natural experiences.   How often you spend time gardening or at the allotmentI garden 5 days a week all day. But also enjoy my own garden at the weekend. What type of gardening activities do you find particularly helpful for symptomsI’ve noticed that I benefit from two different types of activities. Sometimes something fairly physical like cutting a big hedge, laying manure or digging out plants that have died really helps send out the endorphins – like after a good running or gym session! Other times, I find that something quieter and less physical like tackling a large weeding job where it’s more of a mindful activity clears my head.Either way, the physical act of being outside, the fresh air and being able to stand back and feel fulfilled that a garden looks better is a huge feel good factor. Some days I like to listen to podcasts but most of the time sounds of nature are restorative. This winter I’ve been buying meal worms to keep in my pockets to feed the ever present robins with.I think gardening full time over the past couple of years has really helped with body strength, whether it’s carrying bags of compost, digging or being able to crouch tending to plants. To compliment this activity, I swim and do yoga once a week each to stretch out. A brief description of your gardenOur garden at home is a typical sized garden for a terrace house. The front is fully south facing and the back is north. This suits us a family as none of us like to be too hot, so the softer light of the back is a pleasure in the summer.  Our back garden is planted with Roses, both shrub and a rambler, with a couple of large Peonies, Japanese Anemones, Verbenas and Magnolia and Cherry trees.The front is fairly drought inspired due to the summer heat, with a variety of salvias, from Amethyst Lips through to Amistads, planted alongside Pelargoniums and an Olive tree. Amongst others, I listen to a variety of gardening podcasts and have been inspired to create a wild flower area at the end of the garden this summer. I’m going to leave the grass long and have ordered some Ox Eye Daisies to plant whilst waiting to see what else pops up.  /*! elementor - v3.21.0 - 08-05-2024 */ .elementor-widget-divider{--divider-border-style:none;--divider-border-width:1px;--divider-color:#0c0d0e;--divider-icon-size:20px;--divider-element-spacing:10px;--divider-pattern-height:24px;--divider-pattern-size:20px;--divider-pattern-url:none;--divider-pattern-repeat:repeat-x}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider{display:flex}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider__text{font-size:15px;line-height:1;max-width:95%}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider__element{margin:0 var(--divider-element-spacing);flex-shrink:0}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-icon{font-size:var(--divider-icon-size)}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider-separator{display:flex;margin:0;direction:ltr}.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_icon .elementor-divider-separator,.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_text .elementor-divider-separator{align-items:center}.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_icon .elementor-divider-separator:after,.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_icon .elementor-divider-separator:before,.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_text .elementor-divider-separator:after,.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_text .elementor-divider-separator:before{display:block;content:"";border-block-end:0;flex-grow:1;border-block-start:var(--divider-border-width) var(--divider-border-style) var(--divider-color)}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-left .elementor-divider .elementor-divider-separator>.elementor-divider__svg:first-of-type{flex-grow:0;flex-shrink:100}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-left .elementor-divider-separator:before{content:none}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-left .elementor-divider__element{margin-left:0}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-right .elementor-divider .elementor-divider-separator>.elementor-divider__svg:last-of-type{flex-grow:0;flex-shrink:100}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-right .elementor-divider-separator:after{content:none}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-right .elementor-divider__element{margin-right:0}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-start .elementor-divider .elementor-divider-separator>.elementor-divider__svg:first-of-type{flex-grow:0;flex-shrink:100}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-start .elementor-divider-separator:before{content:none}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-start .elementor-divider__element{margin-inline-start:0}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-end .elementor-divider .elementor-divider-separator>.elementor-divider__svg:last-of-type{flex-grow:0;flex-shrink:100}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-end .elementor-divider-separator:after{content:none}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-end .elementor-divider__element{margin-inline-end:0}.elementor-widget-divider:not(.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_text):not(.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_icon) .elementor-divider-separator{border-block-start:var(--divider-border-width) var(--divider-border-style) var(--divider-color)}.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern{--divider-border-style:none}.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern.elementor-widget-divider--view-line .elementor-divider-separator,.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern:not(.elementor-widget-divider--view-line) .elementor-divider-separator:after,.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern:not(.elementor-widget-divider--view-line) .elementor-divider-separator:before,.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern:not([class*=elementor-widget-divider--view]) .elementor-divider-separator{width:100%;min-height:var(--divider-pattern-height);-webkit-mask-size:var(--divider-pattern-size) 100%;mask-size:var(--divider-pattern-size) 100%;-webkit-mask-repeat:var(--divider-pattern-repeat);mask-repeat:var(--divider-pattern-repeat);background-color:var(--divider-color);-webkit-mask-image:var(--divider-pattern-url);mask-image:var(--divider-pattern-url)}.elementor-widget-divider--no-spacing{--divider-pattern-size:auto}.elementor-widget-divider--bg-round{--divider-pattern-repeat:round}.rtl .elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider__text{direction:rtl}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-divider,.e-con>.elementor-widget-divider{width:var(--container-widget-width,100%);--flex-grow:var(--container-widget-flex-grow)} Join us at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2023 to see the Newson Health Menopause Garden come to life, and much much more.Book tickets today > What's on at BBC Gardeners' World Live Discover what's on in the Floral Marquee
Lemon sole with homegrown basil
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One-pan lemon sole with homegrown basil Grow your own  basil to add flavour to your summer cooking, with tips from our friends at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. Packed with flavour, we’ve got the perfect one-pan recipe to use your basil in, from the BBC Good Food Show Summer 2022.  In the warmer months, basil is the perfect addition to your windowsill or vegetable patch, and packs fantastic flavours for summer dishes. Read on below for tips on growing basil from our friends at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and to find out more about a delicious one-pan lemon sole recipe, using your basil, from the BBC Good Food Show Summer in 2022. Sowing  Sow basil seed from spring to summer so you have a continuous crop. Sow in containers for a lasting cropGrow in well-drained, fertile soil in a warm, sheltered positionStart seedlings off in pots on a warm, but not sunny windowsill. Pot on into individual pots when plants are big enough to handle.Help your basil acclimatise to conditions outdoors by standing them outside in a sheltered spot and bring them back in at night. Caring for basil Outdoors, basil needs protection from wind and frost. Always water with care, ideally before midday, and avoid splashing the leaves. Water sparingly – basil hates to sit in wet compost!Expect to pot up your basil a few times in the growing season as plants grow fast in containers.Basil is a half-hardy annual, so new plants will be needed each year.  Harvest Pick the leaves and tops of basil regularly throughout the summer to use fresh. You can be quite ruthless, so long as you leave at least three pairs of side shoots so your plants can regrow. Don’t wash the leaves until you’re ready to use them as they’ll turn slimy. One-pan lemon sole This recipe is from the BBC Good Food Show Summer 2022, as seen on the Italian Kitchen from Chris Baber.  Serves 4Ingredients2 tbsp olive oil2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced2 red onions, cut into 1cms slices3 peppers, thinly sliced4 tomatoes, quartered10 pitted black olives1 lemon, zested and juiced1 small bunch of basil leaves4 lemon sole fillets250ml white wineolive oil, to servecrusty bread, to servedrizzle of extra virgin MethodHeat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Heat up the olive oil in a large, non-stick ovenproof frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the garlic for 1 min and add the onions, peppers, tomatoes and olives. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 10-12 mins until the veg begins to soften.Add the lemon zest, half the basil and wine. Bring to the boil, reduce the hear and simmer for 5 mins. Place the fish on top of the veg and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 12-15 mins until the fish is cooked.Scatter over your remaining basil leaves and finish with lemon juice and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve with crusty bread to mop up the juices. Find out what's on at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2023 Find out more about the BBC Good Food Show Summer
Lemon sole with homegrown basil
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One-pan lemon sole with homegrown basil Grow your own  basil to add flavour to your summer cooking, with tips from our friends at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. Packed with flavour, we’ve got the perfect one-pan recipe to use your basil in, from the BBC Good Food Show Summer 2022.  In the warmer months, basil is the perfect addition to your windowsill or vegetable patch, and packs fantastic flavours for summer dishes. Read on below for tips on growing basil from our friends at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and to find out more about a delicious one-pan lemon sole recipe, using your basil, from the BBC Good Food Show Summer in 2022. Sowing  Sow basil seed from spring to summer so you have a continuous crop. Sow in containers for a lasting cropGrow in well-drained, fertile soil in a warm, sheltered positionStart seedlings off in pots on a warm, but not sunny windowsill. Pot on into individual pots when plants are big enough to handle.Help your basil acclimatise to conditions outdoors by standing them outside in a sheltered spot and bring them back in at night. Caring for basil Outdoors, basil needs protection from wind and frost. Always water with care, ideally before midday, and avoid splashing the leaves. Water sparingly – basil hates to sit in wet compost!Expect to pot up your basil a few times in the growing season as plants grow fast in containers.Basil is a half-hardy annual, so new plants will be needed each year.  Harvest Pick the leaves and tops of basil regularly throughout the summer to use fresh. You can be quite ruthless, so long as you leave at least three pairs of side shoots so your plants can regrow. Don’t wash the leaves until you’re ready to use them as they’ll turn slimy. One-pan lemon sole This recipe is from the BBC Good Food Show Summer 2022, as seen on the Italian Kitchen from Chris Baber.  Serves 4Ingredients2 tbsp olive oil2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced2 red onions, cut into 1cms slices3 peppers, thinly sliced4 tomatoes, quartered10 pitted black olives1 lemon, zested and juiced1 small bunch of basil leaves4 lemon sole fillets250ml white wineolive oil, to servecrusty bread, to servedrizzle of extra virgin MethodHeat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Heat up the olive oil in a large, non-stick ovenproof frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the garlic for 1 min and add the onions, peppers, tomatoes and olives. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 10-12 mins until the veg begins to soften.Add the lemon zest, half the basil and wine. Bring to the boil, reduce the hear and simmer for 5 mins. Place the fish on top of the veg and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 12-15 mins until the fish is cooked.Scatter over your remaining basil leaves and finish with lemon juice and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve with crusty bread to mop up the juices. Find out what's on at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2023 Find out more about the BBC Good Food Show Summer
Lemon sole with homegrown basil
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One-pan lemon sole with homegrown basil Grow your own  basil to add flavour to your summer cooking, with tips from our friends at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. Packed with flavour, we’ve got the perfect one-pan recipe to use your basil in, from the BBC Good Food Show Summer 2022.  In the warmer months, basil is the perfect addition to your windowsill or vegetable patch, and packs fantastic flavours for summer dishes. Read on below for tips on growing basil from our friends at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and to find out more about a delicious one-pan lemon sole recipe, using your basil, from the BBC Good Food Show Summer in 2022. Sowing  Sow basil seed from spring to summer so you have a continuous crop. Sow in containers for a lasting cropGrow in well-drained, fertile soil in a warm, sheltered positionStart seedlings off in pots on a warm, but not sunny windowsill. Pot on into individual pots when plants are big enough to handle.Help your basil acclimatise to conditions outdoors by standing them outside in a sheltered spot and bring them back in at night. Caring for basil Outdoors, basil needs protection from wind and frost. Always water with care, ideally before midday, and avoid splashing the leaves. Water sparingly – basil hates to sit in wet compost!Expect to pot up your basil a few times in the growing season as plants grow fast in containers.Basil is a half-hardy annual, so new plants will be needed each year.  Harvest Pick the leaves and tops of basil regularly throughout the summer to use fresh. You can be quite ruthless, so long as you leave at least three pairs of side shoots so your plants can regrow. Don’t wash the leaves until you’re ready to use them as they’ll turn slimy. One-pan lemon sole This recipe is from the BBC Good Food Show Summer 2022, as seen on the Italian Kitchen from Chris Baber.  Serves 4Ingredients2 tbsp olive oil2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced2 red onions, cut into 1cms slices3 peppers, thinly sliced4 tomatoes, quartered10 pitted black olives1 lemon, zested and juiced1 small bunch of basil leaves4 lemon sole fillets250ml white wineolive oil, to servecrusty bread, to servedrizzle of extra virgin MethodHeat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Heat up the olive oil in a large, non-stick ovenproof frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the garlic for 1 min and add the onions, peppers, tomatoes and olives. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 10-12 mins until the veg begins to soften.Add the lemon zest, half the basil and wine. Bring to the boil, reduce the hear and simmer for 5 mins. Place the fish on top of the veg and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 12-15 mins until the fish is cooked.Scatter over your remaining basil leaves and finish with lemon juice and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve with crusty bread to mop up the juices. Find out what's on at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2023 Find out more about the BBC Good Food Show Summer
Celebrate Barnsdale Gardens 40th Anniver...
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Celebrate Barnsdale Gardens 40th Anniversary at BBC Gardeners World Live! The Barnsdale Gardens team will be continuing their 40th Anniversary celebrations at BBC Gardeners World Live this summer. The Barnsdale show piece will bring elements of the last 40 years together. Much of the display is still ‘top secret’, however, we can tell you that there will be an area highlighting the ‘Mediterranean Garden’ and ‘Cutting Garden’ from Barnsdale. These will include plants such as Pittosporum, Elymus, Stipa tenuissima, Hylotelephium, Dianella, Rosmarinus, Hebe and Eryngium because of their drought tolerance and suitability as cut flowers. Barnsdale Gardens will also be showcasing cottage garden plants such as roses (including the ‘Geoff Hamilton’), perennial Potentilla, Geum, x Heucherella, Anemanthele, Achillea, Philadelphus, Physocarpus, Stipa gigantea, Alchemilla, Geranium, Lychnis, Spiraea, Nepeta, Helenium and many more!On Saturday 17th June, Nick Hamilton will be presenting on the “Let’s Talk Plants” Stage in the Floral Marquee hosted by David Hurrion.There will also be a signing session by Nick of his book ‘The Right Genes’ on Saturday 17th June. This book tells the tale of growing up as the son of a visionary of sustainable gardening. Geoff Hamilton was a firm believer and pioneer in peat-free and organic gardening, this ethos continues at Barnsdale today. ‘The Right Genes’ is a witty, happy and joyful excursion into the weird and wonderful journey of the Hamilton family. It shows how the lives of a father and son can follow the same pattern and ultimately mirror each other. What's on at BBC Gardeners' World Live Discover what's on in the Floral Marquee
Celebrate Barnsdale Gardens 40th Anniver...
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Celebrate Barnsdale Gardens 40th Anniversary at BBC Gardeners World Live! The Barnsdale Gardens team will be continuing their 40th Anniversary celebrations at BBC Gardeners World Live this summer. The Barnsdale show piece will bring elements of the last 40 years together. Much of the display is still ‘top secret’, however, we can tell you that there will be an area highlighting the ‘Mediterranean Garden’ and ‘Cutting Garden’ from Barnsdale. These will include plants such as Pittosporum, Elymus, Stipa tenuissima, Hylotelephium, Dianella, Rosmarinus, Hebe and Eryngium because of their drought tolerance and suitability as cut flowers. Barnsdale Gardens will also be showcasing cottage garden plants such as roses (including the ‘Geoff Hamilton’), perennial Potentilla, Geum, x Heucherella, Anemanthele, Achillea, Philadelphus, Physocarpus, Stipa gigantea, Alchemilla, Geranium, Lychnis, Spiraea, Nepeta, Helenium and many more!On Saturday 17th June, Nick Hamilton will be presenting on the “Let’s Talk Plants” Stage in the Floral Marquee hosted by David Hurrion.There will also be a signing session by Nick of his book ‘The Right Genes’ on Saturday 17th June. This book tells the tale of growing up as the son of a visionary of sustainable gardening. Geoff Hamilton was a firm believer and pioneer in peat-free and organic gardening, this ethos continues at Barnsdale today. ‘The Right Genes’ is a witty, happy and joyful excursion into the weird and wonderful journey of the Hamilton family. It shows how the lives of a father and son can follow the same pattern and ultimately mirror each other. What's on at BBC Gardeners' World Live Discover what's on in the Floral Marquee
Barnsdale Gardens 40th birthday
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Celebrate Barnsdale Gardens 40th Anniversary at BBC Gardeners World Live! The Barnsdale Gardens team will be continuing their 40th Anniversary celebrations at BBC Gardeners World Live this summer. The Barnsdale show piece will bring elements of the last 40 years together. Much of the display is still ‘top secret’, however, we can tell you that there will be an area highlighting the ‘Mediterranean Garden’ and ‘Cutting Garden’ from Barnsdale. These will include plants such as Pittosporum, Elymus, Stipa tenuissima, Hylotelephium, Dianella, Rosmarinus, Hebe and Eryngium because of their drought tolerance and suitability as cut flowers. Barnsdale Gardens will also be showcasing cottage garden plants such as roses (including the ‘Geoff Hamilton’), perennial Potentilla, Geum, x Heucherella, Anemanthele, Achillea, Philadelphus, Physocarpus, Stipa gigantea, Alchemilla, Geranium, Lychnis, Spiraea, Nepeta, Helenium and many more!On Saturday 17th June, Nick Hamilton will be presenting on the “Let’s Talk Plants” Stage in the Floral Marquee hosted by David Hurrion.There will also be a signing session by Nick of his book ‘The Right Genes’ on Saturday 17th June. This book tells the tale of growing up as the son of a visionary of sustainable gardening. Geoff Hamilton was a firm believer and pioneer in peat-free and organic gardening, this ethos continues at Barnsdale today. ‘The Right Genes’ is a witty, happy and joyful excursion into the weird and wonderful journey of the Hamilton family. It shows how the lives of a father and son can follow the same pattern and ultimately mirror each other. What's on at BBC Gardeners' World Live Discover what's on in the Floral Marquee