Spring Cleaning Your Garden

After a week’s holiday I strutted around the garden on Sunday like a horticultural Victor Meldrew. Having said that, the cries of “I don’t BELIEEEEVE IT!” were generally ones of happiness rather than exasperation and despair. Pots of crocus (the sublime ‘Zwanenburg Bronze’) that I thought had come up blind were flowering at full throttle, showing their deep gold and bronze faces to the spring sunshine. Broad beans on the …Read More


How to get rid of your rubbish – the bonfire

The bonfire: There is no more contentious subject than the garden fire. In its favour there is the fact that you can reduce enormous piles of combustible refuse into a manageable heap of pleasant-to-handle ashes, which are themselves a beneficial soil additive, providing potash and improving texture. It is also a hygienic way of disposing of pest-and disease-infested material.
Against setting light to garden refuse is the argument that bonfire smoke …Read More