1. Moon planting, is it loony?

    Growing by the moon. Is it loony?

    What’s your view on the gardening habits of people who decide to plant their seeds according to the phases of the moon? Are these poor souls completely barmy, or is the whole idea actually plain, simple common sense? If you are in tune with ‘moon sowers’, you will agree that plants sown just before the full moon are likely to become stronger and more productive than those sown on the ‘wane’ rather than the ‘wax’. Read more
  2. Plants that live off air alone!

    Up in the air with Tillandsias, the air plants

    Have you heard of air plants? It seems incredible that any plant could live without soil, but this is the self-contained expertise of Tillandsia. These air plants, as they are affectionately known, are quite simply unique. They don't really live OFF air, but more correctly, they live IN air. They need water and also some light. Preferably not too bright and certainly not a south-facing windowsill during the summer. Surely, you might be pondering, they need compost? No, they just ‘hang around’, looking rather like a spider or perhaps a sea creature. Read more
  3. Growing for Grown-Ups. Allow the kids to grow too!

    Growing for beginners Fancy trying a bit of growing for the kitchen this year? Here's an easy guide to help you get started. Grow vegetables and fruit - it isn't difficult. Experiment with what fits in with your lifestyle and you'll be guaranteed to have a lot of fun 'having a go'. Potatoes, garden, growing, harvest, vegetables, food, kitchen Start chitting your potatoes now and you'll soon be ready to plant.   Read more
  4. Shapes in winter. Beauty, not a beast, awaits those who care to notice.

    There's nothing like a gloomy winter's day to make you aware of what looks cheerful and uplifting in the garden. If you want flowers, there's a limitation on the number and variety of what might be available right now. But let's take heart and look a little closer. What can you see outside? Above all else, it’s SHAPE that catches the eye. Those beautiful trees without leaves have the most appealing outline. Have you noticed how different they all are? Read more