A growing number of people in the UK are discovering the joys of gardening. In a study of 2,000 British homeowners, a third of young people said that they love to garden, with most spending around £747 to improve their outdoor spaces. As the gardening movement grows, it is expected that more young Brits will be spending more time and effort to enhance their garden in preparation for next year. Recently, …Read More
Fishing some rubbish out of the pond on my allotment a couple of weeks ago I was surprised to see what I thought were three small fish in the bottom of the net… and then even more surprised when I realised they had legs.
“Oh My God, newts!”, I muttered to no-one in particular, beaming like an idiot. The allotment pond, you see, is not a thing of beauty, its battered …Read More
January, named from the two-headed Roman god Janus who looks both forwards and backwards, is a great time to take stock in the garden. The leaves are down, everything that dies back has done so by now and the garden is at its absolute barest – all the strengths and weaknesses of its design will be at their most obvious. Take a moment to look out from various different windows …Read More
Siting the pool
Water gardens, except bog areas, which can stand a certain amount of shade, are best situated in an open, sunny position, otherwise the water tends to green up with algae. If you are using a fountain or similar, place the pool where you are most likely to get the benefit from the sound of splashing water, otherwise an informal pool is sometimes better in a peaceful spot away …Read More
Every garden should have water in one form or another. I hadn’t intended to have a pond when I moved here over thirty years ago. I’d moved house rather a lot until then and my previous two homes didn’t have one, or any form of water feature; because I wasn’t likely to stay long in either, it didn’t seem worth the bother. This garden really didn’t seem big enough to …Read More