Did you know that there are almost as many leylandii conifers in the UK as there are people? The numbers are estimated to be in the region of 55 million. That’s a lot of fuel to fire up hatred, but why do we love to despise this plant, which is correctly called x Cuprocyparis leylandii? It’s all about perception, but also size. People do tend to plant this tree inappropriately, then they neglect to keep them under control.Read more
The 'no dig method' of gardening is a growing trend, try it before the main vegetable planting season arrives
So, here we are, more than three quarters of the way through January already. Grow your own enthusiasts and those with an allotment will already be champing at the bit, eager to start sowing and growing. Lets look at what you can be getting on with right now. Its a great month for preparing the plot. For some, this means digging. This helps to bury weeds and loosen the soil. Digging the vegetable garden or allotment in order to prepare for spring growing and sowing is the traditional way to go about things, but with the benefit of ecological understanding together with science, it might not be necessary.Read more
House plants - are yours dying to join the trend?
Everyone is loving house plants at present. But some of them will give up on life and turn up their toes with relative ease. Others can live just about anywhere, with the minimum amount of care. So why bother with the tricky set? Its all about shape; structure; size; beauty. And that most elusive quality: extraordinary desirability. How can you not only stop your desirable and trendy house plants from dying, but help them to thrive?Read more
How many people break their New Year's Resolutions?
Are we setting ourselves up for failure when we make those New Years Resolutions? It seems that around 88% of people fail to achieve their goals, and by the end of February a high proportion cant even remember what they resolved to change in their lives. Here are the reasons why we do it and five top tips for success:Read more
Winter can be a tricky time for those suffering from SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, but there are steps you can take to help. It's quite a common health problem and it's important to appreciate that there are some fairly simple remedies that might help. Working through the low feeling and arriving at a more enjoyable place is definitely worth the journey. The first few months of the year offer the perfect time to contemplate new beginnings and a fresh approach to lifeRead more
Twitter, Tweets and wild birds in your garden. Is there a connection?
We all know that a tweet is a sound coming from a bird, rather than characters originating from a digital device. Right? The majority of the younger generation wouldnt agree. Tweets are part of Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams idea for what was originally a short message service communications system. A bit like texting, but for groups. In the 12 years or so since Twitter was created, the number of active users has risen to around 336 million each month, making it one of the biggest social networks.Read more
Christmas is about to take centre stage andit's good for the soul to rejoice in positive sights, sounds and celebrations. So let's not forget those that are taking place all around, unaided by LEDs. Nature has its own #festivedisplay which doesnt need to cycle through various flashy patterns in order to impress. Whats more, berried bushes are for life, not just for Christmas. There are many wild creatures that depend upon the feast during deepest, darkest December.
10 favourite plants! So difficult to select just 10, but we can reveal which plants have been the most popular during the year. Giving a gift that grows is a great way to keep a friendship fresh!. Even if the recipient doesn't share your love of growing, there's a good chance that they can be converted for their own good, of course. Heres our round-up of the most popular and most-wanted plants for the home and for the garden too.
You can improve your mental health with two natural chemicals that are naturally-produced. How can you produce these magic items that are said to be largely responsible for our mental health and emotional wellbeing? Through gardening! We always said it's good for you, and it's all because of the hormones that gardens help you to produce.
Big is beautiful when it comes to home and office plants. In fact, huge house plants create an ambience that is stronger and more powerful than any single contributor when it comes to interior design. Soft furnishings, furniture and the latest gadgets are desirable (for some), but house plants take the biscuit when it comes to bringing a space alive.Read more