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

By | December 13, 2017

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

By | October 6, 2017

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 »

World Environment Day in your own garden

By | June 4, 2017

World Environment Day is on 5th June and it’s all about connecting people to nature. Get outdoors and into nature, appreciate its beauty, and think about how we’re part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. Do you have a garden or any outdoor space at all? Here are four ways of connecting… Read More »

Good soil is the key to happy and healthy plants

By | March 8, 2017

We all want happy and healthy plants and good soil is key to making that happen. (Of course, there are a few happy and healthy exceptions to this: air plants, hydroponic plants and perhaps plants growing on gravel but here we’re talking about plants that grow in soil.) For happy and healthy plants we have… Read More »

Develop a low maintenance garden by working with nature

By | February 13, 2017

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!

By | October 14, 2016

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

By | May 11, 2016

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!

By | April 27, 2016

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 »

Choosing plants, cold weather protection and compost – tips!

By | April 15, 2016

Choosing plants for your garden Different plants need different amounts of sun or shade and water. Some only grow well in soils that are acidic – others in alkaline chalky or limey soil. How do you know what your garden offers? How does it match up with the demands that the plant label lists? How… Read More »