Organic Plant Foods If you Google the term “green manure” you may get frightened by images of farm machinery churning through fields of greenery leaving a carpet of cut foliage lying on the ground. You may be further confused by packets of seeds in garden centres, alongside the usual peas...
Looking for a definition of Green manure or want to know which plants are suitable to use? In this article we explain what green manure is and how you can use it in your garden.
Teaching Children about Wildlife Andy: Earlier this year we highlighted the amazing work at Wicor school, Portchester, Hampshire in the south of England in inspiring young people in the world of gardening and growing food crops. The work at Wicor goes far further than that. Children learn about wildlife and...
Looking for information on gardening for children? Here we follow the kids from Wicor school in Hampshire UK, as they learn more about wildlife gardening.
Plantarium is billed as ‘The world’s biggest garden plant event’, with three hundred participants from eleven countries. It takes place in Boskoop, The Netherlands, at the end of August and attracts visitors from across Europe. At first glance it may seem like the showcase of the Dutch nursery stock industry....
Have you heard of Plantarium 2015? Would you be surprised if we told you it was the biggest plant and garden show in the world that no one has heard of? Read on to find out more.
I just paid a visit to Compton Acres, now regarded as one of the most important historic gardens in the UK. Located just outside Poole in Dorset, on the south coast of England, it is blessed with a mild and favoured climate, enabling the cultivation of a wide range of...
Looking for a garden to visit this weekend? Well look no further than Compton Acres. A beautiful Victorian historic garden situated just outside Pool in Dorset, England.
Recommended Plants For The Dry Shade Garden Dry shade has to be the most challenging planting situation in any garden. Whether it’s in the needle-laced ground beneath a pine tree, or the dusty soil in the rain-shadow of an over-hanging building, it is hard to imagine what would grow there...
Looking for Plants For The Dry Shade Garden? Here are some of our best recommendations for gardens in dry shade or woodland garden spaces.
Garden Dens Most kids love a den. As a boy I was lucky; I had a shed, although I never thought of it as a shed, it was my house, my den, a place where others weren’t allowed, except by invitation. In reality it was pretty inhospitable with a selection...
Looking to buy or build a den for your kids in your garden? Check out our Camps, Dens And Secrete Places blog to find out the best options!
How To Grow Clematis In Hanging Planters: An Interview with Ray Evison. World famous clematis grower and breeder Ray Evison is well-known for his ground breaking varieties of this wonderful group of plants. Compact clematis with amazing flowers that suit smaller gardens and containers. His previous blog on growing Clematis...
Looking to grow clematis in hanging baskets? In this interview with internationally renowned clematis grower Ray Evison, we look at 3 varieties of clematis suitable for hanging planters.
Tropical Waterlillies have an air of opulence and mystery surrounding them, in much the same way as Orchids do. Here Is an account of my visit to Villa Tarranto
Tropical Water Lilies have an air of opulence and mystery surrounding them, in much the same way as Orchids do. Here Is an account of Chief Blogger Andy's visit to Villa Tarranto and Isola Madre, Lake Maggiore, Northern Italy earlier this year.
Tips and Advice On Choosing The Right Loppers I love the Wikipedia definition of loppers: “Loppers are a type of scissors used for pruning twigs and small branches, like secateurs with very long handles”. I suppose it’s true, but I think of them more as bolt croppers for the garden....
Looking to buy a new pair of loppers? In this article we look at the different designs and offer advice on which set of loppers are best for you.
How to Growing Clematis In Association With Roses Andy: I always admire clever combinations of climbing plants. It seems the effect of two climbers growing together is so much greater than the sum of the impact of the individuals. No two climbers have greater effect than a rose and a...
Looking for new plant combinations? Why not try growing clematis with your roses. Clematis aren't just for walls! Grown through other plants they prolong flower and seasonal interest.
Tulips: Double delights As you know probably know I have a real passion for tulips, mostly the sleek, simple, single varieties like ‘Queen of Night’ and ‘Ballerina’. However, like any enthusiast for a particular group of plants, my focus has swayed towards other varieties, from the small and delicate species,...
Looking for double tulips to brighten up your garden next spring? Here are our recommendations for 10 of the best double tulips varieties around.
Crop rotation – is it important? Crop rotation is nothing new; it has been practiced for thousands of years. Middle Eastern farmers rotated cereals and beans in their fields 6000 years ago because they found it produced better results. In Europe the two field, and then three field rotation meant...
What is Crop Rotation and is it important? Here we explain the benefits of rotating your crops in your kitchen garden and why it will improve productivity and the health of your vegetables.
How to encourage beneficial insects in your garden We all talk about planting for pollinators and bee friendly plants. There is also regular mention of beneficial insects. What’s the difference? Some insects are the gardener’s enemy and thwart his or her attempts by causing damage to ornamentals and food crops....
Do you want to know how to encourage beneficial insects to your garden? In this article we give you 8 top tips on how to encourage friendly bugs and beasties to help pollinate and protect your valuable plants.
Some Unusual Tips For Maintaining Your Garden Tools I must admit I’m not good at taking care of my garden tools. After use digging and cultivating tools are usually stacked against one another by the back door. A pile of dry soil gradually accumulates beneath them and every so often...
Do you look after your garden tools? Do you wash your spade after use or put it away dirty? Here are some quick tips to help you keep your garden tools clean and in tip top condition.
Topiary: Trendy Or Twee? They say that the art of topiary flourishes in affluent times. That may have been the case long ago but it never seems to have fallen from favour more recently. Trendy designer gardens are positively bristling with it, combining it with minimalist, contemporary and naturalistic. I...
Are you considering having topiary in your garden? Here we look at the pros and cons, the plants that make the best topiary and what you need to do to maintain it.
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