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Plant of the Moment – August (Ornamental Grasses)

Plant of the Moment – August (Ornamental Grasses)

If you travel a fair amount, then it might be worth considering some plants that need slightly less watering at this time of year but still look impressive in flower beds and borders such as ornamental grasses.  They provide texture, character and form to any garden and develop through the seasons as bright and colour [...]

Grow Your Own Tips for August

Grow Your Own Tips for August

If you Grow Your Own then make sure you water consistently as Irregular watering can lead to problems with blossom end rot in tomatoes, splitting of root vegetables and flower dropping in runner beans.  Weeds can also compete with vegetables for water so make sure you remove them regularly by hoeing.  You can still sow [...]

Getting into the garden – August

Getting into the garden – August

August is usually the month when most of us go on holiday and leave our gardens to fend for themselves. A little thought before you go and some tender loving care when you return will be enough to make sure that you can go away without worrying about all of your hard gardening work going [...]

Grow Your Own Tips for July

Grow Your Own Tips for July

If you Grow Your Own then ensure that all vegetables get a regular supply of water, beans in particular to help the seed pods set.  Climbing beans may need topping off to ensure good cropping on side shoots and check that other climbing veg is tied securely to supports.  Protect heavily-laden fruit tree and bush [...]

Plant of the Moment – July (Buddleja)

Plant of the Moment – July (Buddleja)

Butterflies, moths and bees feed on plant nectar which is why the best flowers for attracting them are often described as nectar plants.  One of the most popular is the Buddlija, also known as the Butterfly Bush, a hardy and reliable shrub whose flowers act like magnets for butterflies. Many strong-growing varieties are available, including [...]

Getting into the garden – July

Getting into the garden – July

July is the month of high summer and the garden comes alive during hot lazy afternoons to the sound of bees buzzing and the sight of fluttering butterflies, gathering pollen from all the plants that you have lovingly nurtured and cared for that are now in full flower and act like fuelling stations around your [...]

Plant of the Moment – June (Clematis)

Plant of the Moment – June (Clematis)

When outside space is at a premium, it’s often a good idea to look at growing climbers so that you can pack as much floral variety as possible into a small area.  One of the most stunning, versatile and colourful climbers is the clematis – easy to grow and with varieties that flower at different [...]

Grow Your Own Tips for June

Grow Your Own Tips for June

If you Grow Your Own Feeding, watering and supporting your fruit and veg is vital in June. Runner beans need well-prepared ground and suitable supports, like bamboo canes, to grow up.   Start treating potatoes and tomatoes for blight and keep an eye on slugs and snails.  Celeriac and celery can be planted out and in [...]

Getting into the garden – June

Getting into the garden – June

June is a lovely month to be in the garden – everything is bursting into bloom and you can really enjoy being outside.  With the evenings getting longer and brighter you can use your garden or patio as a great extension to your home – whether it’s in the countryside or in a smaller, but [...]

Plant of the Moment – May (Herbs)

Plant of the Moment – May (Herbs)

One of simplest starter ideas for anyone new to gardening is to create a herb garden.  From sage to thyme, rosemary to clipped bay and flowering chives, you can combine a variety of herbs in one space that will produce long-lasting displays as well as regular pickings for the kitchen.  Successful herb garden designs often [...]

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