With many of our gardens showing signs of spring, lots of us will be keen to get outside and begin clearing our borders and pruning back those wayward shrubs.Continue reading
General gardening chat, tips, ideas and images.
Flower and garden quotes.
Every year I am bewildered when I see garden centres and supermarkets selling ‘painted’ heathers in a variety of garish colours.
Who needs to buy a bee hotel? This leafcutter bee was busy making a nest inside a recessed screw hole in my hosepipe reel.
It’s still too early to add a general weed and feed to the lawn, you need to wait until April when it is a bit warmer and the grass is actively growing. However, it is a good idea to tackle any weeds with a spot weed killer, or dig them out, before they go to seed and make more work for you later.
I love baby new potatoes, but they cost the earth when they arrive in the supermarkets in the late spring/early summer, and quite frankly you don’t know how long they have been out of the ground – new potatoes should be cooked as soon as possible after harvesting.Continue reading
Traditionally, lawns are cut between March and October, when the weather is mild enough for the grass to grow. But there is no hard and fast rule about when to give your lawn it’s first cut of the season, it depends on the weather conditions in your area and the type of soil you have.
Now is the time to buy your seed potatoes and get chitting. There are three main types of potatoes; first earlies, second earlies and main crop.
Between Christmas and New Year I always like to wander round the garden to see what is in flower in the middle of winter. This year, as well as the usual winter flowering plants that I would expect to see, there were some unexpected surprises like lavender and roses, that shouldn’t be flowering in December!
I always save the plant pots from new plants I purchase and those that I have used for raising seeds, by the end of the summer I have accumulated quite a pile of dirty plant pots.
Garden arches make interesting features in garden design. Use them to separate different ‘garden rooms’, or to give some height to a newly planted garden, or even just to grow climbing plants up them. It is worth investing in a good quality arch as cheap ones often rot very quickly or are not strong enough to take the weight of the plants growing up them.