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A new look at the March garden…

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 seedheads. By April, there are…

March 18th, 2018 - Garden design, 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 plants, animals and bugs that…

January 21st, 2018 - 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 that will grow enormously in…

January 14th, 2018 - 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 weeds sprouting alongside the bedding.…

June 11th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Wildlife & eco

Effective medicinal plants to grow in your garden

You could grow many useful medicinal plants in your garden

Until 100 years ago, we used medicinal plants to treat most illnesses. And, according to a new book, The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants, they still do in Africa, Asia and South America. Even the chemical…

February 5th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco

What makes a good wildlife garden?

A perfect wildlife garden - the Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham

What do you consider to be a 'wildlife garden'? Do you think it means weeds and untidiness? Or a great deal of hard work? In fact, a wildlife garden can be smart or scruffy. It…

January 15th, 2017 - Wildlife & eco

Christmas garden decorations – how to be festive and wildlife-friendly

Garden Christmas decorations

Christmas garden decorations. Do you love them, or do you worry about light pollution? Decorating your garden at Christmas is a trend that has crept over from the US. When we went to Virginia in…

December 4th, 2016 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco

12 easy ways to help wildlife in your garden now

Easy ways to help wildlife in your garden now

When did you last wash out the bird bath? I keep walking past mine, thinking 'must do something about that.' It's so easy to forget. Time goes by. So this weekend is my 'wildlife friendly audit'.…

April 3rd, 2016 - Wildlife & eco

How to create stunning dyes from your garden plants

Elderberry plant dye

Did you know that you can make literally hundreds of dyes from your garden plants? As you harvest your first rhubarb of the year, don't throw the leaves into the compost. Boil them up to…

March 27th, 2016 - Garden style & living, Vintage & thrift, Wildlife & eco

15 questions you need to ask about guilt-free ‘green’ gardening

Water butts help save water

You may be surprised to discover than gardening is not the same as 'green' gardening. Do you - as an 'ordinary gardener' - feel guilty about spraying your plants with chemicals or buying a peat-based…

October 4th, 2015 - Middlesized country, Town gardens, Wildlife & eco

How to make a mini wildlife pond

mini wildlife ponds

A mini wildlife pond will help wildlife in your garden. Water is essential for all creatures. And helping wildlife is part of being an environmentally responsible gardener. But how big does a pond have to…

April 19th, 2015 - Wildlife & eco

10 ways of creating a beach garden theme

Jo-jo's grasses, seedheads and poppies

What is a beach garden? And would you like a bit more beach in your back yard? If you've even got a strip of shingle or gravel, a few yards of decking or a stone…

August 10th, 2014 - Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco