1. It's time for Hanging Baskets!

    Hanging basket petunias Tumbling petunias make a great hanging basket display It’s May – just about the perfect month for garden-lovers. There’s so much to look forward to, including RHS Chelsea (19-23 May), and a plethora of planty things to enjoy right now. The lawns, as you will no doubt have noticed, are growing with a vibrant spring energy, but after you have mowed, weeded, pruned back those spring-flowering shrubs after flowers have faded, tended to the vegetable garden and washed down the garden furniture, it’s time to create hanging baskets! Think of them as complete gardens displayed in cascading splendour rather than just a few plants bunged into a basket.  Your creation needs structure, colour, feed, water and lots of imagination. Read more
  2. On your toes, get set... GROW - tomatoes!

    If you want to grow tomatoes from seed,

    a word of advice… DON’T.

      It’s almost the end of April and tomatoes take quite a long time to grow. In fact they need at least four months from sowing to fruiting so even if arithmetic isn’t strong you will realise that it will be almost September before you are likely to enjoy any juicy red treasure. Does this mean you have missed the boat? No, definitely not! Buy your tomatoes as small plants and you will be laughing all the way to the larder. Tomatoes are probably one of the easiest and most rewarding of fruits to grow. Yes, you know they are fruits, even though tomatoes can be used in the same way as vegetables. The greatest thing about them is the flavour. In fact, the many different flavours – they can really set your taste-buds jingling because they are all so amazingly different! How can this be? Read more