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
Today marks the 20th anniversary since the death of Geoff Hamilton.Continue reading
The RHS Malvern Spring Festival, is a great place for gardeners to find inspiration. Held on the Three Counties Showground it benefits from having the glorious backdrop of the Malvern Hills.Continue reading
We seem to accumulate all sorts of ‘essentials’ by the back door; garden shoes, secateurs, gardening gloves, garden string, dustpan and brush, pots, watering cans, plant food etc, all of which I use too frequently to hide away in the shed! Until now these items have resided on some tatty old wooden shelves we’ve had for years. Continue reading
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.
When pruning shrubs in the garden, it is important to use the right tool for the job, to avoid putting unnecessary strain on your wrist and hand. There are two main types of secateurs:
Pumpkins awaiting their fate – to be carved up – lit for one night and then be discarded! It is estimated that 10 million pumpkins are grown in the UK every year and 95% are used as Halloween lanterns.
The tradition of using pumpkins as lanterns at Halloween is based on an ancient Celtic custom which was taken to America by European immigrants. The faces of lost souls were carved onto hollowed out pumpkins and turnips and a candle was placed inside to make a lantern, which was placed on doorsteps to ward off evil spirits.
The lettuces I planted in the greenhouse about a month ago are growing well in the mild weather.
I have started to crop the larger leaves, leaving the plants to continue growing.
Now it’s started to get a little colder, the greenhouse has been lined with some bubble-wrap to try and prolong the life of the lettuces!