May 30, 2018

For many of us the flowers are the stars of the show at Chelsea, but the designers do kind of play a big part of it. This year saw a roughly equal number of women and men designers spread across the three show garden categories. Here's a brief run-down of some of the w...

May 15, 2018

No subtle, calming pastel shades for my client Bill - he wants bright! So I've suggested a selection of vibrant, intensely coloured, insect friendly flowers for his garden. Many of these have open petals so pollen and nectar are easy to reach - the ideal takeaway meal...

April 30, 2018

The Hanami festival in Japan is the custom of viewing the cherry (sakura) blossom, which flowers prolifically across the country at this time of year. The Japanese also have the more ancient tradition of appreciating the plum (ume)  blossom. 

Here in the UK, our fr...

April 11, 2018

I have written this with a particular friend in mind who really wanted to know how to get started with no experience. It is aimed at complete beginners so if you currently grow your own vegetables you will know this stuff already. I've picked five easy to grow, low mai...

April 9, 2018

Building a bug hotel is a great way of encouraging wildlife into your garden and also engaging children and grown-ups alike with the world of minibeasts. Some children have made these at school, but if you want one in your own garden why not try an 'Easter Holiday Bug...

April 4, 2018

As I squelched around in my wellies, planting my first row of new potatoes and trying to dodge the seemingly relentless rain we've had over the last week, I got to thinking about the many happy reasons for growing your own potatoes. They've been part of our staple diet...

March 24, 2018

I'm wondering if this has got anything to do with climate change. I found this gladioli at my allotment coming into bud on the 29th October 2017. A week later it was fully flowering although it was only short lived as we had a frost shortly afterwards. 

March 24, 2018

The last few summers have been wet and mild which at my allotment site means blight! This mainly affects potatoes and tomatoes and if your growing organically there's not much to be done about it. If you catch it early enough, the diseased parts of the plant can be rem...

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