Guest Blog – Protecting Plants from Frost

Just like myself, most gardeners worry about their plants when there is threat of frosts. Frost can damage, harm and kill crops. There are some things you can do though for protecting plants from frost.

Frost often happens when the night is still and clear, when air temperature is almost freezing. When temperature is almost freezing, the plant’s surface temperature has a tendency to dip below freezing point. Under this situation …Read More

Cyclamen

Christmas made easy.

We have looked at the trials and tribulations of the Poinsettia recently and all that is needed to keep one happy and most importantly alive! This blog looks at the easier options for Christmas house plants. One of my favourites is the Cyclamen which we will get on too shortly, as first off we will go to the easy-peasy, look after it with your eyes closed, Christmas Cactus!
Keep the soil …Read More

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Watery Wisdom

The change over the last month on the allotment has been incredible. Where before was bare soil and neat little rows of seedlings there’s now a lush jungle. My sweetcorn plants have turned from squat little tufts of green into strapping great monsters taller than I am and the squashes have grown two feet in a week!

I love July – it’s the moment when you begin to lose control. The …Read More

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The War On Slugs – Part 1

Slugs, the one thing all gardeners can agree on. The bêtes noires of borders from Brighton to Birmingham? Right? Well, no, actually…
Here in the UK we have around 30 native species of slug, of which only four are pests. Who’d have thought these slimy critters came in so much variety? Some such as the almost-pretty leopard slug don’t eat live plants at all, instead preferring to eat other slugs and …Read More

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Heating and Watering a Greenhouse

Heating

If you decide to have heat in the greenhouse itself, and not just in propagating frames inside, you have several choices available. Natural gas, domestic fuel oil, and solid fuel heating are really only suitable for larger structures and work with water pipes in a similar way to central heating in the home.
Paraffin stoves are perhaps the easiest and cheapest forms of free-standing heaters and can vary from the very …Read More