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. Happy New Year

    New Year, new shoots, enjoy turning over a new leaf

    New Life, new year, 2016, resolutions The turning of a year is a great opportunity for making a fresh start A new year. The turning of a seasonal page is, of course, a great opportunity to make a fresh start. It’s probably no surprise that nearly half the UK population use the occasion to draw up a list of New Year’s resolutions. And do you know what the most popular New Year’s resolutions are?  You can probably guess at least three of them. Here they are: Read more
  3. Bee friendly to reap the rewards

    The sweetest thing is a bee

    As National Honey Week approaches, (25-31 October), it's time to celebrate the honey harvest. But will any busy bees be joining in the party? Depending on the weather, the answer will probably be no, they’ll be huddling in a cluster in order to keep warm.  Let’s look at why bees are so important – and see what we can do to help these flying insects. Read more
  4. Train a tree for free

    Train a tree for free: How to make a cordon; espalier; fan; stepover and more!

    This is plant-a-tree season. There's no better time to get those roots down into the soil so they can establish while there's still some warmth in the ground. You can buy mature trees if you wish. But if you can be a little patient it's usually better to plant a young specimen. It will establish quickly - what's more, you can train it to the shape you desire. Read more
  5. 9 ways to have fun outside in the 9th month of the year

    Nine ways to have fun with plants and vegetables during the 9th month!

    Do your kids or grandchildren show any interest in the garden? If not, are you 'bovvered'?  Do you mind the fact that most of today's small people seem to love their digital world better than the ‘real’, nature-led environment in which you probably grew up? If the answer is a resounding "yes", let's do something about it! Here's nine ways to make some fun:

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  6. The September Harvest - Keep Planting!


    Who thinks festivals are a new idea? The September harvest (festival). 


    September is a time when gardeners have their hands full. Literally.

    The harvest is bountiful for those who have been gaily growing. 

    vegetable harvest

    Harvest festivals are an age-old tradition that offer a magnificent celebration of food - a gathering held on or near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon. This is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (this year, on the night of 27 Sept). Traditionally it allowed farmers to continue their harvest late into the night by the light of the full moon. It's also important for migrating birds, many of which are said to rely on the harvest moon in order to commence their migration. harvest moon 1 Read more
  7. How can I love my late summer garden?

    It’s late August already. Can you believe it? We wait all year for summer and it seems to be over in a flash. But actually, August in the garden can be a strange month so perhaps we should celebrate it drawing to an end. There’s an air of neglect and wistfulness because schools are closed; people are away on holiday; streets and shops in local towns and villages can be quieter… and many plants are showing a bit of middle-aged wilt. The exuberance of early season has gone. But in its place comes some wonderful treats: Hydrangea; Perovskia; Helenium; Rudbeckia and many more.

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  8. Six Garden Tasks for August. Time to relax... or is it? Summer in the garden

    Tra-la-lah, it's August! You might be spending time this month away on a holiday beach. But if you are a garden-lover, the chances are that you will want to enjoy relaxing in your own special outdoor space. After all, this is the month in which you have the best opportunity to reap the rewards of your labours. August is all about r&r. Isn't it? What could possibly go wrong?

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  9. What's Hot in your Garden this Week?

    What's Hot in your Garden this Week? 10 Summer Suggestions...

    It's all about water, what with the hot weather and all that. We are SO lucky here in the UK to have all types of weather. And just for the moment it's gloriously HOT! Do you need to water your garden? It depends on the plants. Some are like camels - without the spitty habit. Read more
  10. Do You Have Five Gardening Friends?

    Do you have five 'Gardening Friends'?  Tell us who they are...

    Everybody needs friends and most gardeners feel they have many. There's all those lovely plants of course; the creatures in the pond; the birds that visit the table and of course the people that gardeners meet during any sort of garden-related activity. It's no surprise that gardeners generally accumulate a network of like-minded pals. There's the local horticultural club or garden society; the allotmenteers; the neighbours who share plants and information; the garden centre buddies; the elderly residents who are grateful to have a bit of help. When you garden, a budding social world presents itself. Read more
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