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How to find a gardener who’s perfect for your garden

What's the first thing you think about when you decide to find a gardener? Is it 'how much does a gardener cost?' Or 'how do I find a gardener who will make my garden look…

January 7th, 2018 - Gardening know how

Don’t dig up dahlias for winter! What to do instead….

Henriette dahlia over-winters well.

I don't dig up dahlias to store them at the end of the summer. I’ve been growing dahlias for fifteen years, and I only dug a few up once. They died. But the dahlias I've…

November 12th, 2017 - Gardening know how, Uncategorized

How to make a terrarium that won’t die in 6 weeks

Me and my terrarium.

The terrarium is back in fashion. You probably last saw one in the 1970s, gathering dust in Great-aunt Agatha's musty Victorian interior. Now you might expect to find them in hipster home stores, or on…

September 24th, 2017 - Container gardening, Gardening know how

Which hedge is right for my garden?

A friend recently asked me which hedge she should choose for her garden. It's a bit like being asked for the answer to world peace. It's rather a big question. [caption id="attachment_7092" align="alignnone" width="600"] Garden…

July 23rd, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Gardening know how, Town gardens

Espaliered fruit trees – the perfect solution for small spaces

How to grow espaliered fruit trees for your middle-sized garden

Espaliered fruit trees are probably the smartest trees to look at in winter, with their tailored elegance. [caption id="attachment_5755" align="alignnone" width="800"] As smart as anything from a Saville Row tailor - an espaliered pear at…

January 22nd, 2017 - Gardening know how, Grow-your-own

Is it time to change your mind about a chainsaw?

This weekend you may wish you had a chainsaw. Late winter is a good time to prune most trees,or you may still have your Christmas lying outside the back door, waiting to be disposed of.…

January 6th, 2017 - Gardening know how

10 creative ways to improve your winter garden

Summer plants that look good in a winter garden

What does your winter garden look like? Do you even have a 'winter garden' as such? I find that the garden becomes a bit of a dumping ground between November and February. But sometimes the…

November 13th, 2016 - Garden trends & design, Gardening know how

If you’re buying a new garden shed, read this first…

Tips on replacing and repairing sheds

Are you thinking of buying a new garden shed? Is your current garden shed looking tatty? Do you need more garden shed storage? We've been pondering these questions for the last ten months. I dithered…

October 16th, 2016 - Gardening know how, Sheds/sanctuaries

How to deal with sudden tree death

How to deal with sudden tree death

Sudden tree death is a particular tragedy for small and middle-sized gardens. We only have a few trees and each one is special. We have a Cotinus coggygria 'Grace' which has grown to a height…

October 9th, 2016 - Gardening know how

How to stop worrying and love your easy home-made compost

The easy way to make your own home-grown compost

Is there really such a thing as easy home-made compost? Don't you have to get the proportions right? And what about the long and complicated list of things you can and cannot put on the…

October 2nd, 2016 - Gardening know how

What you really need to know about evergreen hedges for privacy

How to choose and plant the perfect privacy hedge

There are many good reasons for choosing hedges for privacy. Evergreen hedges provide food and shelter for wildlife all year round. Like trees, they're good for the environment generally, because they improve air quality. And…

September 25th, 2016 - Garden trends & design, Gardening know how, Town gardens

Make your garden last longer with dahlias

Design ideas and tips - dahlias for contemporary gardens

Dahlias are one of the most valuable plants if you want a long flowering season, but they have been unfashionable until recently. A typical dahlia border used to look like a fruit salad. There were…

September 11th, 2016 - Garden travel, Garden trends & design, Gardening know how