Tag Archives: mulch

Garden compost and potting compost – why you need both

By | April 18, 2018

Use compost! But which one, garden compost or potting compost? You need both in the garden and we help you make the right choice with this post. Garden compost Garden compost is homemade from anything that will rot down, usually a mixture of mostly kitchen and garden waste plant material. Find out how to make… 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 »

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 »

Love your garden by clearing up and using garden compost

By | November 9, 2016

Clear up and use your garden compost to sort out your plants and improve the soil ready for next year. It will make your garden look and feel loved for the winter too. We have given you tips for autumn tidy ups in our previous blogs, and now we are gearing up for winter. Q:… 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 »

Protect tender plants and take the tomatoes in hand this autumn

By | September 9, 2016

As the cooler weather of autumn arrives, it’s time for us to help the last of the tomatoes to ripen and to protect more tender plants. Time has flown and here we are in September. Like it or not, the summer is bowing out and the autumn’s gales and rain will soon be coming on… Read More »

Strawberries! And be a sparkling cordial host

By | June 15, 2016

Why are strawberries called strawberries? Strawberries planted back in April are starting to swell now. Soon they’ll be ready to eat. But before they get to that mouth-watering bright-red-all-over-stage and the weather is warm and they are at their most delicious, the plants need a little more care and attention. Especially if they’re in the… Read More »