echinacea & bee

Attracting pollinating insects into your garden

I'm making an extra effort this year to have plants in the garden that attract pollinating insects, there are so many plants that fit the bill, so it's pretty easy. This is my little contribution to help bees and all the other insects that are declining in numbers. Apparently the reasons for the … [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...]

Hakonechloe & Allium

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...]

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Indoor gardening with bulbs.

When it's cold and damp outside there's no better way to get a gardening fix, than by assembling some plants and arranging them on a windowsill where you can enjoy … [Read More...]

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Garden inspiration for 2016

Well here we are, and suddenly it's the beginning  of another year, always a good time to review how the garden and allotment did in 2015, and to think about what to … [Read More...]

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GYO fruity cake icing

I’ve just discovered another way of using home-grown berries, and it involves cake, a perfect combination as far as I'm concerned. I'm all for using berries from … [Read More...]

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Hooray for houseplants

Have you noticed that houseplants are back? I know they’ve always been around, but they seem to have become much more popular recently, fancy looking photos … [Read More...]

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Goodbye allotment

My vegetable growing life is about to enter a new chapter, and I’m quite excited about it. I’m saying goodbye to the allotment in favour of a little vegetable plot … [Read More...]

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A recipe for bird-cake.

We've had one heavy frost followed by a less punishing one so far this winter, and I'm feeling sorry for the birds, fluffed up to full capacity, they still looking … [Read More...]

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Up-cycled plant containers

Well that was a very chilly weekend, but I’m not complaining because the sun is here, along with a bright blue sky. I spent some of the weekend sprucing things up … [Read More...]