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How to make little paper envelopes, and good compost with paper

December is the month of wrapping paper, folding paper and generally trying to make paper fit round awkward objects that don’t want to be wrapped. There comes a point when you do not want to hear the word ‘origami’. It’s lucky, then, that we shan’t really be talking about full-blown origami in this blog although… Read More »

It’s time to cut back tall summer-flowering shrubs

Hurricanes, tropical storms, autumnal gales and all the rest – wind is very much in the news at present. It’s a good idea to cut back tall summer-flowering shrubs so they don’t get damaged by the wind, but don’t go wild. Read on … Tidy up those vigorous shrubs Flowering shrubs (including shrub roses) have… Read More »

Develop a low maintenance garden by working with nature

Mowing, weeding and watering are the most disliked jobs in the garden. Follow our suggestions about working with nature to create a low maintenance garden. After the initial work you’ll soon see the benefit. Gardening is made very, very much easier when we work with nature and our soil conditions, climate, rainfall and local wildlife.… Read More »

Autumn preparations for winter in the garden: part 3!

Never mind spring cleaning – autumn preparations are essential to protect your garden from the worst of winter. Use our top tips to guide you. Autumn preparations: tidy up I am still picking runner beans, and glad of suggestions for what to do with a glut. Within a week or two I will be sad… Read More »

Create a garden indoors with houseplants

Create a garden indoors Houseplants offer colours, shapes and sizes to suit every room and mood. With a little care many live for years. Most appreciate some TLC as summer, and new growth, begins. Houseplants rely on the soil in their pot for food – and over time it is used up so you need… Read More »

Gardening tips, and strawberries and cream – on your table!

Strawberries and cream – on your table! Six steps to strawberries in your garden Choose a pot. You could use a special herb or strawberry planter (about 50cm high and 20 cm wide with holes around the sides), an ordinary pot about 25-30cm across, a grow bag, or a trough. Buy the largest strawberry plants… Read More »

Mix it up with an orgy for the senses!

  If political correctness was a food, our money would be on kale! Let’s be honest, how many of us had truly heard of it until our Anglophile superfood ambassador Gwyneth, kickstarted the cult? And the trendies have taken it a step forward, not content with purchasing at the supermarket, they’ve gone all cute and… Read More »