Five essential elements of successful garden design – You can garden. Part 1
Anyone can garden – having a green thumb is a myth The myth of the ‘green thumb’: you can garden! Don’t know where to start? No green blood in your veins? Can’t keep ‘even’ a houseplant alive? Of course, you can’t actually be born with green fingers, but is it something that some people have and […]
What should I be doing in my garden in November
Essential November Gardening Jobs Sow Sweetpea Seeds Sweetpeas, what’s not to love? Fabulous colours, wonderful perfume, fast growing, bee-magnets! You can get next year’s plants off to a head start by sowing the seeds now and get even better performing plants if you can keep their roots undisturbed when planting out next year. It is really […]
Should I be using glyphosate based weed killer in my garden?
As an avid gardener and proponent of grow your own, I have always tried to focus on organic methods of growing. By organic I mean limiting the use of raw chemicals, so I would use horse manure as a fertiliser rather than buying a chemical preparation, granted that it is the chemicals (mostly nitrogen) in […]
Gardening Jobs for October
October Gardening Tips As the temperatures drop, you will find that you need to mow the lawn less and less frequently. Always make sure that you only mow when the surface of the lawn is relatively dry or else you may cause compaction and damage the turf grasses, making them more prone to diseases […]
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 […]
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 […]
Advantages of No Dig Gardening
No dig advantages Most soil already has a good structure for plant roots to grow, and is full of growth-promoting organisms, which actually do not work so well after being disturbed. Millions of fungal threads, earthworms, millipedes and amphibians, to name but a few, are being helpful right under our feet. Soil is a living […]
Last Spring Pruning
Final Spring Pruning is best done towards the end of March It is advisable not to prune certain bushes in the winter as during an early warm spell this will induce an immediate lush growth that will be killed by a hard frost and there aren’t always new buds below for the plant to fall back on. […]