Growing Berries February – Februberry ‘18
Soft berries are the mainstay of the allotment outline, either a few bushes dotted around the corners, or a long row used as a dividing hedge made up of various berry bearing bushes. Fresh soft berries do not keep well in transit and they are time consuming to pick leaving little profit for the commercial gardener. Supermarkets […]
Ingenious Use for Wood Chips in the Garden
Gardening Tip – February ‘18 Long before 1992, when Janet Jackson made a hit of “The best things in life are free”, Jack Hylton was singing it into his gramophone in 1928. His lyrics included the sun, moon and stars, all of them are there for all of us to enjoy, without having to pay […]
January – Prepare Your Greenhouse for Spring
January is definitely the lazy month for the gardener, sandwiched between the last harvest and the first sowing, many people find the ground too heavy to dig especially with the high recent rainfall, leaving even the most contentious allotmenteer with little to do on their plot. However, the bright sunshine at the beginning of this […]
End of Season Allotment Surprises
We are slowly coming to an end of what I would call an average British summer, we have had very few really warm days and have experienced many rainy days during the months we needed it least (July and August). I suppose I can already remove my outdoor cucumber plants to the compost heap as it […]
Vine Pruning Tips
Keep Pruning your Vine Have you just returned from a short holiday or a weekend break and found so many surprises greeting you in your allotment or garden? Courgettes that weren’t there before are now nearly full sized marrows, tomatoes split from the excessive rainwater, and a complete new scene of flowers, (and weeds!). Well […]
When to Prepare Your Summer Beds
(Spring) Cleaning Now – Prepare Your Summer Bedding Weed, Weed, Weed! Although the summer solstice is about to descend on us, now is the time to finish spring cleaning your gardening. The beginning of spring is definitely the right time to spring clean one’s house, our gardens have a self cleansing mechanism during that period. […]
Are Evergreen Plants Really Ever-Green?
Evergreen Shrubs in the Garden Evergreen plants get a mixed bag of comments, many people look at them as the lazy gardeners’ method of creating a garden without working and they don’t belong in a ‘real’ garden. Some people feel they are so architectural you might as well put an artificial plant in their place. […]
Growing the Beautiful Dicentra Spectabilis – Dutchman’s Breeches!
Dicentra Spectabilis is a flower that I love to cut every year. It is worth having a garden just alone for this beautiful flower . Due to its delicate constitution it is practically impossible find it in the shops as a cut flower, yet it will grow easily in any garden and it will last […]
Flower of the week from YOUR garden to YOUR table: 16th – 23rd April 2017.
This week I am going green. Many bushes like edible currant bushes are now in flower with green flowers, the flowers are totally inconspicuous and only our good friends the bees and the flies notice them as they come for their supply of nectar whilst going about their important business of pollinating the fruit for […]
Best Bulbs to Plant with Children
Fast Growing Summer Bulbs Which Children Will Enjoy It is always good to pass on our love for gardening to our children, but if we want their gardening enthusiasm to stay with them for life we need to give them the extra carrot! Sowing parsnip seeds which will take 3 weeks to germinate and another […]