1. Spring flowers to delight throughout the season of new life

    Enjoy spring flowers and new life during the delightful month of March

    We are now officially in the period of meteorological spring and before long we will reach astronomical spring which commences on 20 March. Whichever way you look at it, we are on the turn and the most exciting of seasons is just about upon us. spring, primroses, crocus, daffodils, tulips, bulbs, garden, growing. Spring flowers are an uplifting sight! Welcome to the new season. Read more
  2. Feeling fruity. There's a fruit tree for every garden, even the smallest space.

    Which fruit tree for a small garden?

    Did you know that you can have a fruit tree in your garden, whatever the size of your outdoor space? Even a courtyard; a roof garden or a balcony can house a patio fruit tree or bush in a pot. The secret is all about selecting an appropriate variety; positioning; feeding and pruning. What you need is a combination of low-maintenance, compact growth, good health (of the plant, although let’s hope you’ve got that too) and self-fertilising properties. Read more
  3. Keeping on trend during 2017. Six ways to help the environment in which we live.

    Six reasons why we should all do our bit for the environment

    It’s no longer a new idea to each do our own bit for the environment. There are few people who don’t recognise the importance of safeguarding all the wonderful things that exist on the planet Earth. Climate change might not be a trendy term but it does encompass a lot of the thoughts behind energy-saving, water preservation, wildlife protection and flood prevention, not to mention recycling, tree-protection and limiting greenhouse gas emissions. There will always be sceptics but most people can recognise common sense when it is on display. Read more
  4. A pumpkin harvest for lanterns and lunch! Delicious pumpkin recipes

     

    In the vegetable garden pumpkin patch 

    Pumpkins and pizzazz! There’s fireworks in the tree tops now the autumn show has begun. So this makes the autumn tasks in the vegetable garden all the more rewarding. What could be nicer than getting things ship-shape at a time when all around is looking so glorious? Your outdoor autumn jobs will be accompanied by gently falling, brilliant foliage which makes this time of year so special. Read more
  5. An apple tree for every garden. Which apple is right for you?

    Choosing an apple tree for the garden

    You might hope that summer will last forever now that August is in full swing. But as none of us in the real world have a 'time-turning machine', it's unlikely that it will do so. So this is a great moment for you to get excited about having fruit trees such as apples in the garden. Apple trees for the garden are readily available and very easy to organise. In fact, growing fruit on trees is really very rewarding! Read more
  6. Will you suffer a summer flowering garden gap and drought?

    Six garden pleasures to enjoy and drought problems to avoid this spring and summer

    From May through to at least September we can bask in the hope and even the reality that the garden is ready to be enjoyed. The suggestion of a drought feels like a welcome change after the chilly start to the spring! Evenings, weekends and daytime too. This is the time of year that anything seems possible. Dining outdoors; swinging in a hammock; entertaining friends; barbecues; garden games; and relaxing. Take some time out to sit in the sun when it appears, then save your gardening tasks for the cloudier times when you’ll be glad of the shade. Read more
  7. Top Ten herbs you should never be without. How to grow your own.

    10 herbs to grow for health this summer, don't delay!

    Herbs make your cooking come alive. These flavoursome plants are invaluable in the kitchen – so why not grow your own? There’s a herb for almost every occasion you can think of, from the spiciest dish to the most delicate of cakes. Herbs and spices are good for you. And it’s well known that the dried goods on most supermarket shelves have been sitting there for a long time - their nutritional value has therefore been depleted. Read more
  8. Slugs and snails and tales of puppy dogs. 8 ways to deal with pests.

    There are at least 8 ways to deal with the chomping, guzzling gastropods that are SLUGS. Some years there are only a few, but other springs and summers there are oodles. It all depends on the weather. Slug and snail eggs need warmth in order to hatch. They also need moisture.  Wise gardeners might want to gear up for a slimy invasion of leaf-chomping mayhem.

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  9. Creepy Crawlies: things that chomp in the night (and day).

    Creepy things that chomp. Six reasons to let them.

    Creepy crawlies in the garden. What do you do when you see caterpillars chomping away on your beloved plants? Squash them/throw them over into the neighbour’s garden? Photograph them? Applaud and show the children? Clearly, nobody wants the cabbage white larvae eating their brassica. Read more
  10. April Fool! Garden fun in the spring silly season

    Don’t be a fool this April! Garden fun for this spring month

    Clown, April Fool, garden, spring, fool, April Spot the fool... is it you? Think you can plant out your summer bedding this April? You would be a fool – there is always a chance of frost and even snow and your plants will all expire. Read more