Tag Archives: garden care

Control pests like slugs and vine weevil with nematodes

By | April 6, 2018

Some pests make gardeners sigh deeply, swear loudly and tear their hair out because they cause such damage. They wipe out plants overnight and destroy crops. They destroy hard work and devoted coddling of precious plants. These pests include slugs which like salad crops and other soft green growth and vine weevil whose larvae love… Read More »

The English daisy, Spanish daisy and marguerite are cheerful in the garden

By | March 23, 2018

Apart from lawns (and that is a matter of taste), the daisy goes with practically everything. Everyone recognises their ray-like petals (actually individual ‘ray flowers’) arranged around a button-like centre (actually a dense pack of individual tiny ‘disc flowers’). Their open flowers are very popular with bees and other pollinating insects. We’ll take a look… Read More »

Act now to control red spider mite in your conservatory or greenhouse

By | March 9, 2018

The red spider mite is tiny and loves warm, dry conditions. Despite being so small, this annoying pest can badly damage the plants you keep in your conservatory, greenhouse or on a sunny window sill. March is the time to take early action against this infuriating pest. What are red spider mites? These are not… Read More »

February half term: potato prints and a frame to focus garden attention

By | February 23, 2018

It’s half-term for many schools this week and a great opportunity to have a go at a springtime craft project! Here are a couple of ideas for a bit of fun: potato printing, and creating a frame for a spring theatre. Have a go, whether you have children or not, and even if you’ve done… Read More »

Mulching – how to suppress weeds and make lovely, warm, moist soil

By | January 12, 2018

Mulching means putting down a nice thick blanket of compost or other material on top of the soil in spring or autumn. It’s great at keeping weeds down. It keeps warmth and moisture in the soil, protecting a plant’s roots and so benefitting the whole plant. It helps to give a lovely open structure to… Read More »

Set the timer and do a little tidying up in the garden

By | December 29, 2017

Set the timer and spend some time tidying up in the garden this winter. Most gardens I see, and that includes mine, could do with a little tidying up at this time of year. Does yours? Do you get that sinking feeling when you look outside? Take control of the situation! Spending just 15 minutes… Read More »

Don’t leave plant house guests shivering behind the curtains!

By | December 15, 2017

Plants that cannot stand the cold and wet should be inside now, as house guests, in the greenhouse or, at the very least, under cover. The mild weather many of us were enjoying late into November, albeit with one or two fearsome gales, lulled me into a false sense of security. With so many plants… Read More »