bug hotel

How To Make A Bug Hotel.

It isn’t easy being an organic gardener, there are times when I’m really tempted to grab some glyphosate and blast the weeds. They do seem to be winning at the moment, mainly because I haven’t kept up with gardening, what with all the rain. But I don’t think chemicals have been used on our garden … [Read More...]

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House-Plant Heaven

Today is Summer Solstice, the day when we have the most daylight of the whole year, there’ll be a whopping 17 hours of daylight today. It feels significant, the days … [Read More...]

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Clipped into shape

Clipping plants into shape is favourite garden task, I like how it brings structure into the garden, even better if there's some loose, wild planting nearby that … [Read More...]

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Life in the earth

Not only are the plants in the garden making lots of fresh vibrant growth, there’s a lot of wildlife activity too. I've seen persistent little blue tits and robins … [Read More...]

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Pretty, perfect peonies.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend, for those of us in the U.K. we’ve had an extra day which always feels like a nice bonus. It was lovely and warm with a … [Read More...]

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Revamping the garden

Hello, how is your week going, are you managing to get outside and enjoy the sunshine? I haven’t managed to do any gardening for over a week, what with being away … [Read More...]

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Soil pH made simple.

The birds are singing thier little hearts out, the garden is sprouting, and the spring equinox arrived, so it’s official. I took the photos of these … [Read More...]

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My garden in March

  I wandered round the garden with my first cup of tea this morning. All I can say is thank goodness for the hellebores that line the steps down to … [Read More...]

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Framed and growing happily

There's still a little moment of wonder when seeds germinate and grow, pushing through the soil, even more so when they've got themselves through a cold winter ... … [Read More...]

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Houseplants are back.

Have you noticed that houseplants seem to be back in fashion? They've never been completely out of fashion, but it seems that the interest in interior design and … [Read More...]

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How to grow & prune wisteria

How is your garden looking as we head towards spring? I’ve still got plenty to do in mine, general clearing and there’s still well-rotted manure to spread over the … [Read More...]

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Top plants for shade.

I'm getting excited about stocking up the garden with plants in a few weeks time. To start off, I'm putting together a list of plants that like shade, or … [Read More...]

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Using wood-ash in the garden

I've been meaning to write about wood-ash for ages, this may at first glance not seem like a very exciting topic, but it really can improve your garden, just take a … [Read More...]