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Gardener August is a chemical-free gardener who shares her beautiful garden with the world, along with her clever gardening tips. August is the founder of Seed Explorers, encouraging children to grow their own food. She is a tutor at the Raymond Blanc garden school and present on Tring Radio. She told readers that she does not remove weeds from her lawn.

August, who shares his tips on his @Augusts_Garden Instagram account, said: “I’m mildly controversial with the weeds in my lawn and I wholeheartedly embrace them.

“It’s not just about perfect lawns, I actually find more beauty in imperfections.

“I let large parts of the lawn turn into a maze of wildflowers for kids to walk through and make memories. It’s also a great place for wildlife to hide and take refuge.”

August takes great pleasure in encouraging wildlife in his garden, and this is known to have a number of benefits for the garden.

She said: “I want to encourage insects in the garden by letting Mother Nature work her magic, by increasing wildlife and biodiversity, we encourage the circle of life to fight the battles for us.

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August removes weeds from his vegetable and flower beds using an organic method.

She said: “For weeds in my vegetable and flower beds, I use the good old fashioned hand and hoe method.

“I find weeding so therapeutic and I really enjoy spending time tackling chickweed lost in my own thoughts.

“I grow everything organically and use no chemicals because I want my two daughters Posie and Winnie to be able to quietly picnic on spinach or grab a handful of beans and eat them straight from the plant.”

An organic method for getting rid of weeds is a Japanese tool, which has been used in horticulture for thousands of years.

The hori hori knife was recommended by Nicole Laird is a cut flower grower, gardener and dahlia queen from Peterborough.

She said: “My favorite way to get rid of weeds is to use a Japanese Hori Hori knife which can go deep into the ground by attacking as much of the root as possible.”

“Hori hori” means “to dig” in Japanese as the tool was originally designed to dig up plants.