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Attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators

Attracting bees, butterflies and other pollinators

Friday, February 15, 2019

‘If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world's ecosystems would collapse.’ David Attenborough. Pollinators are... Read More

Plants for Late Winter

Plants for Late Winter

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The festive season has been and gone, but instead of thinking about jetting off to the sun, I look forward to the crisp clear days for long walks in the countryside and watching the garden for emerging snowdrops, Cyclamen and hellebores showing me that... Read More

Climate Change and Garden Design

Climate Change and Garden Design

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Climate Change and Garden Design  The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) consisting of the world’s leading scientists have recently issued a warning that we have 12 years to reduce global warming to a maximum of 1.5◦C. We... Read More

Supporting our hedgehogs

Supporting our hedgehogs

Friday, November 30, 2018

Not only are they adorable creatures, hedgehogs are great for our gardens, feeding on garden pests such as slugs, caterpillars and leatherjackets. But their numbers are falling. There were an estimated 36.5 million in the 1950’s which reduced to 1.5... Read More

Refreshing borders

Refreshing borders

Friday, October 26, 2018

Autumn is a great time to take stock of your garden and make improvements, or at least start planning for next year. Even after planting a garden from scratch, some attention is required after a few years and more mature gardens may need more drastic... Read More

Autumn Maintenance

Autumn Maintenance

Thursday, October 4, 2018

During the summer you can relax and enjoy your garden, but autumn is a key time for some important maintenance tasks. Tidying faded perennials A lot of perennials will start to die down from early October onwards. Some plants can stand upright for a... Read More

New garden 4 years on

New garden 4 years on

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Last summer the remaining two thirds of the garden was landscaped which has meant that I have had fun planting last autumn and this spring. My approach to the garden was firstly to make a list of plants that I wanted to grow, and plan where the structural... Read More

Summer Watering

Summer Watering

Friday, August 3, 2018

Summer watering in the garden  Usually, established plants have deep enough roots to access water deep in the ground and do not need additional watering. However, young and new plants of less than 2 years old (3 or more for trees) may need additional... Read More

Bio-security

Bio-security

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Biosecurity – preventing the spread of pests and diseases  There has been a wave of non-native horticultural pests in recent years, the most widely known being ash die-back. In their natural environment these organisms are not a problem as they... Read More

New garden - one year on

New garden - one year on

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I don’t think there have been many weekends since we moved into the new house last November that we have not worked on the garden and thankfully we feel that it has moved on a lot. The worst area was the fruit and vegetable garden as the timber of... Read More

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