Is your garden the greatest in this part of the world?
Are you super with a spade and know what makes a fantastic outdoor space?
Today we launch the 2014 Times & Citizen Garden of the Year Competition, and we are inviting all you green-fingered readers out there to share your enthusiasm.
We are delighted to once again team up with our friends at Frosts at Willington for this annual search for our finest gardens.
There’s a host of categories you can compete in - and some great prizes to be won.
There are sections for household gardens, community initiatives, schools and allotments.
And if you don’t have a garden? Well, we have a category for hanging baskets too!
So as the wet of winter turns to much milder spring weather, now is the chance to show us what you can do.
A full list of categories appears below.
From these, the judges will also select the overall Times & Citizen Garden of the Year.
Last year’s overall winner was Kirk Wing, from Bedford, who was revealed as the winner at a prizegiving held at Frosts. Kirk had already won the category of best allotment - but his efforts captured the hearts of the judges who selected him for the overall prize.
It’s free to enter.
Simply take a colour photo of your garden looking its best.
Then complete an entry form, available shortly on our website, or from Frosts at Willington. The closing date is June 30.
Judges will inspect a shortlist of gardens after the closing date.
Marks will be awarded for the overall impression - how pleasing it is to the eye, and how well the overall design works in relation to the size of your garden.
Judges will consider planting; the variety, colour, overall maintenance and general health.
And there will be close attention paid to sustainability - the use of composting, recycling of water, encouragement of wildlife, and fruit and vegetables.
Allotments or vegetable gardens will be judged on uniformity, composting, the mixture of crops and cleanliness, ie free of weeds and pests.
Garden of the Year is run by Frosts at Willington with the Times & Citizen and our sister title the Biggleswade Chronicle.
We are hoping for another bumper entry this year - so get gardening. Good luck to all our gardeners!
Small front garden under 50sq m
Large back garden over 70sqm
Small back garden under 70sqm
Hanging baskets/ containers
Drought tolerant/water conservation garden