5 ideas for your Christmas tree in January

Come January, one by one, our once pride of place Christmas trees will be left out in the cold to await their fate. This sorry sight of branches spiking from wheelie bins will soon be a thing of the past if we all choose to follow one of these 5 ideas.
Around 6 million Christmas trees are sold in the UK each year, and the Local Government Association estimates that the …Read More

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Strong with the wind!

January 2015 has brought with it the strongest winds we have seen in the UK for quite some time! Now, don’t get me wrong, I would prefer this to the cold white stuff any day. However, our gardens can really suffer if we don’t take some temporary measures to minimize the damage from this blustery pest.

There are so many products on the market to protect plants and tree’s from the …Read More

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Chooks – Part 1

When people ask me what’s the secret of successful gardening, I often reply ‘think of your garden like a pet’. Just as you’d take your dog on a daily walk, rather than on just one 30 mile walk a month, so a garden benefits from regular attention. All too often, the people I see struggling with gardens or allotments are those who do a huge marathon one weekend, exhaust themselves …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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Beating Blue Monday

Earlier this week we had what the media love to call ‘Blue Monday’ – the supposedly-most-depressing day of the year. Gardeners could be forgiven getting swept up in the sentiment but in fact, winter has some real gems to share…
The first time I smelt wintersweet I knew I was hooked. It was a dull, damp winter’s day; I was a plant-mad kid dragging my granny around Kew Gardens, both of …Read More

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Taking care of your Christmas Tree

 It’s come round to that time of the year for a Christmas tree! Do you already have one? If you have a real tree then of course that is extra special – but what is the best way to care for it? Read on and we will tell you how to keep it looking healthy through the festive period.

Let your tree acclimatise
During the Christmas period it can freeze, and especially …Read More

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The ‘Green’ Gardener part 2

Indigenous wildflowers are vital to the ecology of an area, not just for their attractive appearance, but because they are host plants to many species of butterfly and moth. It is not easy to give over all or part of your garden to their cultivation though, as you will often see recommended. There is much more to growing wildflowers than scattering a few packets of seed or allowing the weeds …Read More

The ‘Green’ Gardener

It cannot have escaped your notice that ‘environmentally friendly’ is the phrase of the moment. Green is the ‘in’ colour, whether it be in relationship to cleaning products, constructional materials or horticulture.
Nowhere has this desire for a greener, more pleasant land had more effect than on the world of gardening. Most people are more aware of potential damage to the environment and are anxious for remedies causing as little harm …Read More