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Planting for Butterflies

Why you need a butterfly garden – and how to plant it

Have you considered planting your borders as a ‘butterfly garden?’ We all know it’s important to support bees, because the decline in pollinating insects is potentially such a threat to…

June 28th, 2020

Posted In: Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco

How to make comfrey or nettle tea for homemade fertilisers

5 homemade fertilisers that will make your garden grow

Here are five effective – but easy – homemade fertilisers for your garden from the organic Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham. Comfrey or nettle tea, made in a water butt Concentrated…

July 28th, 2019

Posted In: Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Grow-your-own, Wildlife & eco

Self-seeded alliums and euphorbia

Self-seeded vs weeds – can you achieve the magic balance?

Self-seeding plants are today’s top trend. They’re free and easy-care. But do you get more weeds if you allow plants to self-sow? Find out how to balance self-seeders vs weeds in your own gardening style.

June 23rd, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Wildlife & eco

Flowers for pollinators #sustainableliving #garden

How to create an easy sustainable garden

A sustainable garden is increasingly important. We urban gardeners manage a substantial chunk of the outdoor space in any town or city. So what we do impacts our air quality,…

April 19th, 2019

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Annual weeds

An easy tip for weeding without chemicals

This is a very simple, effective way of weeding without chemicals (and almost without effort). It comes from the Abbey Physic Garden in Faversham. The Abbey Physic garden is a…

February 17th, 2019

Posted In: Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco

Latin plant names demystified

Are you embarrassed by your Latin plant names skills?

Do you avoid using Latin names for plants? Do they seem too complicated or even unnecessary? After all, we can all have beautiful gardens without knowing the Latin names of…

November 18th, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco

No dig flower borders

No dig flower borders – easy, weed-free and brilliant

I’ve always wondered about ‘no dig flower borders’ for annuals, shrubs and perennials. Not that I ever do much digging. But I wondered if the principles of no dig veg…

September 2nd, 2018

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How to create a beautiful mini meadow garden

Create a mini meadow lawn in your garden, however small it is. These tips will give you such a pretty and wildlife-friendly lawn, and you’ll avoid making mistakes!

June 24th, 2018

Posted In: Town gardens, Wildlife & eco

The March garden

A new look at the March garden…

What do you imagine to be the essence of a  ‘March garden’? January and February stand for frosts, snowdrops, the brilliant colours of cornus stems and even the last remaining…

March 18th, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco

What is ‘re-wilding’ and why does it matter to you?

I first heard the term ‘re-wilding’ at Glee 2017, the horticultural trades show. It’s one of the big new trends in gardening. It means appreciating, re-introducing or conserving the wild…

January 21st, 2018

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Wildlife & eco

Natural dye from your garden – beautiful, creative and easy

Yasmin Hossain makes natural dye from garden plants. She uses it to dye beautiful silk and wool fabrics. And I believe that grow-your-own dyes from garden plants is a trend…

January 14th, 2018

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own, Wildlife & eco

Are we seeing a new direction in weeds?

Is it my imagination or are we seeing more ‘weeds’ in gardens now? I don’t mean gardens that look unkempt. Some of the prettiest gardens now unashamedly seem to have…

June 11th, 2017

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