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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

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco


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


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. These are made into throws, blankets, scarves and other accessories, available online…

January 14th, 2018

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


Are we seeing a new direction in weeds?

Have you noticed that there are more ‘weeds’ in gardens now? And those weedy gardens often look very beautiful. Some of the prettiest gardens now unashamedly seem to have weeds…

June 11th, 2017

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Wildlife & eco


You could grow many useful medicinal plants in your garden

Effective medicinal plants to grow 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…

February 5th, 2017

Posted In: Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco


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

What makes a good wildlife garden?

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…

January 15th, 2017

Posted In: Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco


Garden Christmas decorations

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

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…

December 4th, 2016

Posted In: Decorations/parties, Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco


Easy ways to help wildlife in your garden now

12 easy ways to help wildlife in your garden now

It’s easy to help wildlife in your garden. There are about a dozen easy little tweaks you can make that will make your garden a better place for birds, pollinating…

April 3rd, 2016

Posted In: Wildlife & eco


Elderberry plant dye

How to create stunning dyes from your garden plants

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…

March 27th, 2016

Posted In: Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco


Water butts help save water

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

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…

October 4th, 2015

Posted In: Middlesized country, Town gardens, Wildlife & eco


mini wildlife ponds

How to make a mini wildlife pond

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. As Joel Ashton…

April 19th, 2015

Posted In: Wildlife & eco