If you think November is all about raking leaves and tidying up think again. There’s no reason at all why your autumn and winter garden should be short on colour and an excellent display at this time of year makes you look like an expert. As Christopher Lloyd (a sagacious gardener) said, nobody expects anything of a November garden, so anything that does produce flower is a bonus! Read More
It may surprise you to know that some really quite common house and garden plants are toxic, in some cases significantly so. We’re not saying that this is a reason not to have them at all, but it’s useful to know about them so that you can make sure that your children or pets aren’t exposed to unnecessary risks. Read More
As we head into August we’re moving towards ‘late summer’ (where did the year go!). In some ways your gardening tasks are getting easier; the summer bedding is in place, the major weeding is done as the spring and early summer growing period is past. On the downside, especially in dry summers, by August much of your planting may be looking tired, straggly or just plain thirsty. Here’s a quick…
Despite the air of mystery that sometimes surrounds composting it’s not difficult. If you haven’t yet designated a space for your compost pile or bin now’s the time to do so. Follow this simple guide for trouble-free composting and free food for your plants. (more…)
It’s easier than you think! Citrus trees aren’t hardy in the UK but they’re a fantastic choice for a greenhouse and the smaller varieties can be happily grown in a pot, living outdoors in the summer and coming indoors for the winter months. You’ll get almost year round blossom, with the heaviest flowering coming in the late winter. Since many citrus fruit can take up to a year to mature it’s even possible to have fruit and flowers on the same plant. A citrus tree, could brighten your home with fruit, scent and blossom on a January day, why would you not grow one!