How to Start a Vertical Garden

If you have limited space for a garden at home but you do have a blank wall or fence that needs some life adding to it, then you should think about creating a vertical garden. It doesn’t matter how big or small an area you have, this type of garden can be versatile in its design, both in size and plants. Similarly, people create vertical gardens when they haven’t got …Read More

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Olive the tortoise!

Meet Olive! The newest member of our household. It’s no wonder tortoises live for so long, they have the healthiest diet of anyone I know! As a house of gardeners, we are keen to grow all of Olive’s food ourselves. Not only will this be good fun, it will also keep her as close to nature as possible. By doing this she will be following the seasons veggie delights very much like …Read More

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From root to fruit!

Whether you have acres and acres of countryside, or a high-rise balcony, we all have space to grow our own strawberries! As the nation’s favourite fruit to grow, you really are missing a trick if you haven’t given them a go!
I inherited mature strawberry plants in my little village garden, they are now hardy enough to withstand the snow and take no maintenance at all. I have decided that this …Read More

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To Pot Or Not To Pot?

“Can I grow it in a pot?” is possibly the gardening question I get asked most frequently of all. As gardens get ever-smaller and people get ever more keen to do a bit of grow-your-own, patio plots become ever more popular.

There are plenty of reasons why growing vegetables and fruit in pots makes sense. Not only can you fit more in to a tiny space, but growing in pots …Read More

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Feeling Fruity

February may seem like a strange time to be thinking about growing fruit, but it’s actually the ideal moment to get going if you fancy a summer full of luscious juicy berries.

There are lots of reasons to grow your own fruit. First and foremost (for me, anyway) it’s about taste. Nothing, repeat, nothing prepares you for the first home-grown strawberry you taste, properly ripe and still warm from the sun. …Read More

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Fruit pruning, training and maintenance

Strawberries. After fruiting, remove mulching material and runners not required for propagation, then cut all the leaves off so just the crown is left.
Raspberries (summmer fruiting). Remove all canes which have borne fruit when they have finished, and restrict number of new canes to 6-8 per stool, removing the rest. Tie in to wire framework, and in spring prune back canes to about 6 ft (1.8 m).
Raspberries (autumn fruiting, and …Read More