The Easiest Way to Get Rid of Weeds

Weeding is a perennial problem. Very simply, weeds are uninvited guests in the garden who can quickly take over at this time of year. It’s important to keep on top of them, as they compete for light, space and precious moisture in the garden. There are two main sorts of weed. Annuals are in many ways the easiest to deal … Read More

Summer Garden Maintenance Tips

lawn mower

Continue to mow grass regularly during this month to encourage good growth. Mowing is the best way to ensure you have a good lawn. Once a week is fine but for a really good lawn twice a week. During dry weather, raise the blades of the mower and mow less often. The grass is best left a little longer during … Read More

Sheena’s Plant of the Month: Campanula Lactiflora

campanula lactiflora

The name Campanula comes from the Latin word meaning ‘bell’ owing to the bell-shaped flowers of the species. My favourites are the lactifloras for their tubular, star-shaped, upward-facing flowers. Although Lactiflora means ‘milky flower’, most of them are actually lavender in colour. In my opinion, ‘Pritchard’s Variety’ is the best for its long bloom time, stately presence and deep blue colour. The Royal Horticultural … Read More

How to Design a Garden from Scratch

Designing a garden

Practical Tips on how to Design a Garden It might sound a little daunting to design a garden from scratch. Perhaps your garden is overgrown and wild, a blank canvas and uninspired or designed for another purpose and you’d rather use it in a different way. It could be the children have left home, the trampoline dismantled, and it’s time … Read More

Things to Keep You Busy in the July Garden

The work you did earlier on in the year will be paying dividends in the beds, borders and vegetables of the July garden. As always, there is always plenty of work to be done, but make the most of the long summer evenings, relax and enjoy the evenings in the garden. At this time of year, work in the garden … Read More

How to help honey bees – in the garden

Honey bees in garden

10 ways a gardener can help honey bees. All over the world honey bees are facing problems of survival, the reason for which are numerous but sadly usually related to human activity. We’ve put together some ideas on how to help honey bees in the garden here: The native, dark European Honey Bee – Apis mellifera has shown a sharp … Read More