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Veggie stuffed butternut squash

A delicious Autumn dish that can be served as either a main or a side



Chomp through all your food and garden waste turning it into rich, organic compost your garden will love.

Gardening Tips for October

Gardening tips for October

As autumn draws in on the garden, October brings warm seasonal colours to our beds and borders. 


RHS Chelsea flower show

The most iconic horticultural event of the year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, is back in bloom for the first time since 2019 and we are set to celebrate its return in sustainable style.


Autumn Lawn Care

Now’s the time to treat your lawn to some TLC – its worked hard over the summer and deserves pampering to see it through winter and into next year.


Garden gin punch

A twist on a classic hot gin punch. It has a balanced blend of citrus fruits and it’s perfect for sharing on an Autumn evening. 

Gardening Tips for September

Gardening tips for September

After the frenzied activity of the summer period, September is the perfect month to take stock of the flower and vegetable garden.


Not your average gardener awards

We are proud to announce the winners for our first-ever ‘Not Your Average Gardener’ awards. 


Layered planting

Layered planting is a great way of creating a potted bulb display that’s full of colour and interest – it will also change and evolve as spring progresses.


How to plant indoor bulbs

Several of our bulbs are suitable for growing indoors giving you early colour and fragrance.  


How to plant bulbs in the ground

Give your garden a colour boost by planting spring-flowering bulbs this autumn.

Gardening tips for August

Gardening tips for August

August is the time to relax in the garden enjoying long summer days. Watering is key this month.

Gardening Tips for July

Gardening tips for July

Mid-summer and the garden is at its most colourful. The frantic rush of exuberant growth is past, and our garden plants show off their glorious foliage.

Italian sandwich

Italian picnic sandwich

A perfect sandwich for a summer picnic. Filled with salami, rocket, homemade relish and mozzarella, it has all the flavours of Italy that kids and grownups will enjoy.

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Helping your community grow

Our experts want to provide advice, equipment, products and support to projects that directly benefit their local area – make a nomination today!


Bloomin Amazing

A unique triple action soil enricher made entirely from a by- product of the UK’s first commercial biomethane generating plant.  

Gardening Tips for June

Gardening tips for June

Now that summer is finally here and daylight hours are at their longest, the garden will be putting on an exuberant burst of growth and flower.


How to grow runner beans

Planting and growing runner beans is the perfect activity for budding gardeners and experts alike. Find out how to grow your runner beans with Dobbies.


World whisky day mint julep

Make a classic Whisky Cocktail, combining whisky, mint and sugar syrup, stirred to the perfect dilution with lots of ice.

How to Plant Dahlias

How to plant dahlias

Dahlias make a delightful addition to any garden thanks to their bright colours and versatile shapes and sizes. 


Plant, grow, eat… Edible roses collection

Now you can plant a range of roses that don’t just look and smell gorgeous, they’ll tickle your tastebuds too.


Our expert events

Welcome to our expert events. These virtual events aim to provide you with engaging tips and tricks, tutorials and live demonstrations across a variety of topics.


Spicy cauliflower & bean tacos with pickled red onions

Make these tasty tacos for a Mexican-inspired feast. Pack your tortillas with delicious fillings, including spicy cauliflower, borlotti beans and vegetables.

Gardening Tips for May

Gardening tips for May

May is a fabulous month in the garden! Trees and shrubs burst into leaf and flower, cottage garden plants fill borders with their exuberant growth.


Healthy soil this spring with #sustainabledobbies

Healthy soil plays a vital role in allowing your garden to flourish. Not only does soil allow plants to thrive, but it also provides a great habitat for biodiversity, attracting a whole host of wildlife to your green space.



At Dobbies, we are committed to educating about the importance of soil health and delivering environmentally-friendly practices and products, and sustainable solutions.

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Welcome to our gardening podcasts, your one-stop-shop for all things plants and gardening related. Whether you’re a keen gardener or just getting started, we’ve got something for everyone.

How to grow tomatoes

How to grow your own tomatoes

No matter how big or small your garden space, this easy grow-your-own project is a great way to enjoy home-grown tasty tomatoes.

Apple tree

How to grow an apple tree

Apple trees are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow and a focal point for any garden. They also have many benefits besides the juicy fruit they produce.

Gardening Tips for April

Gardening tips for April

As the weather begins to get warmer and our hedges and trees burst into blossom, April is always a busy month in a gardener’s calendar.

Greek Quinoa Salad

Greek quinoa salad

This fresh, zingy salad has it all: colour, flavour and texture.


5 top trees for small spaces

There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing a tree for a small garden.


Mexican style summer salad

Spice up your summer with this simple Mexican-style salad.

Herb Pyramid

How to plant a herb pyramid

No matter what size your garden space, it’s easy to grow your own herbs to use for cooking, salads, BBQs and herbal teas.

How to grow your own strawberries

How to grow your own strawberries

No matter how big or small your garden, this easy project is a great way to enjoy delicious home-grown strawberries and get all the family involved.

Windowsill Crops

How to grow speedy windowsill crops

Growing your own speedy windowsill crops is a great, low cost way to grow a variety of leaves and sprouting seeds.


Gardening tips for March

The new season starts in earnest this month. Nature stirs into growth as the weather improves and the soil warms.


How to plant bulbs in pots

Lasagne planting: a great idea if you’re tight on space, as it allows you to grow several different bulbs in one pot.

Hanging Basket

How to plant a hanging basket

A quick and easy garden project that’ll brighten up your outside space instantly.

Gardening tips for November

Gardening tips for November

As leaves fall carpeting the ground in a tapestry of fiery colours, structural evergreen plants start to take centre stage.

Gardening tips for December

Gardening tips for December

The last of the leaves fall from the trees as our gardens slip into their winter slumber.

How to grow your own rhubarb

How to grow your own rhubarb

Rhubarb is a surprisingly versatile ingredient that is great for all kinds of recipes from classic crumbles to jams and compotes, or simply roasted or poached with spices and a little orange zest.

How to grow your own potatoes

How to grow your own potatoes

No matter how big or small your garden, this easy and fun garden project is a great way to enjoy home-grown tasty potatoes and get all the family involved.

HOW TO:  Grow a sweet pea wigwam

How to grow a sweet pea wigwam

Sweet peas are one of the UK's favourite cottage garden plants.

How to grow your own garlic

How to grow your own garlic

Easy to grow, garlic is the perfect low maintenance crop if you’re new to growing your own vegetables.



Scones are the perfect tea-time treat, whether jam-and-cream-topped, plain or slathered in butter.

Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns

These classic hot cross buns are not quick to make but are well worth the wait.

Summer Bedding Plants

Summer bedding plants

You can’t beat summer bedding plants for a colour burst and fast results.

Cottage Garden

How to grow a cottage garden

The great thing about cottage gardens is that there are no rules. Just grow what you love to create a garden that’s uniquely yours.

Alpine trough

How to plant an alpine trough

While alpines will grow happily in rock gardens and stone walls, a lovely traditional way to display them is in a stone trough.

Easter nest cupcakes

Easter nest cupcakes

Easter is the perfect time to tuck into chocolate and these Easter nest cupcakes are the perfect chocolate fix!

Veg in containers

How to grow vegetables in containers

No matter how small your garden space, many vegetables will grow very happily in containers, from shallow bowls to larger pots, window-boxes and even hanging baskets.

Flowering Pot

How to plant a flowering pot

A quick easy and rewarding garden project that'll brighten up your outside space in an instant.



Lasagne is a classic that everyone loves. Make this easy lasagne recipe to share with the whole family and everyone will love this classic Italian dinner.



Learn how to make succulent beef burgers with just a few ingredients. Get inspired with this easy recipe for perfect homemade patties.


Noodle salad

A deliciously light and zingy noodle salad with flavours inspired from all over Asia.


No gluten fish and chips

You can't beat homemade fish and chips. It's a British institution and a national dish that everyone can't help but love.


Chilli no carne (Vegan)

This vegan twist on a traditional chilli con carne provides a protein-packed, hearty meal that’s full of flavour.

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Meatless burger (Vegan)

This quick and easy veggie burger recipe uses chickpeas and sweetcorn to tempt even the most carnivorous of meat eaters. It's vegan too.


Eggy brioche and bacon

Eggy bread, pain perdu or French toast - this classic breakfast dish has plenty of names and just as many options for toppings.

Gardening tips for February

Gardening tips for February

As the days begin to lengthen, snowdrops and early spring bulbs start to colour the garden, a sign that spring is tantalisingly close.

January Gardening Tips

Gardening tips for January

January brings us the shortest and coldest days of the year, the perfect excuse to curl up in front of the fire making plans for the new gardening year.


How to grow onions and shallots

Onions and shallots are easy to grow and make the perfect low maintenance crop if you’re new to growing your own vegetables. They fit neatly in rows between other crops and don’t need a lot of attention except occasional watering.

Mac and Cheese Toastie

Mac and cheese toastie

Macaroni Cheese has always been one of the well-loved classic dishes, but we have added a modern twist.


How to plant an acid loving shrub

A quick and easy garden project that will brighten up your outdoor space in an instant. Whether you choose a handsome acer with stunning foliage colour or an evergreen rhododendron with striking flowers, you’ll have an eye-catching focal point that will look good for years.