if your garden is bigger than a courtyard, but smaller than an acre

Tree surgeon, arborist or chain saw man? Why you need to know…

I didn't know the difference between a tree surgeon, an arborist (also known as an arboriculturalist) and a Chain Saw Man when we first moved into a garden with trees.…

March 25th, 2018 - Gardening know how

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…

March 18th, 2018 - Garden design, Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco

How to make natural plant supports from clippings

I've seen other people make natural plant supports from clippings. But not being a very handy person, I hadn't thought of actually trying it myself. However, I can now reveal…

March 11th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Vintage & thrift

How to make your garden different with unusual plants

Canna Torch Song

I've always been slightly nervous of buying 'unusual plants.' Maybe they're just for expert gardeners? More demanding? Difficult to grow? [caption id="attachment_8517" align="alignnone" width="600"] Nandina domestica 'Richmond' is a variant…

March 4th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens

8 beautifully simple garden ideas that really work

Simple garden ideas from St Erth Diggers Garden

The Diggers Club Garden of St Erth demonstrates simple garden ideas to home gardeners. It's a charming and very domestic-scale garden. Every idea in it could be taken back to…

February 25th, 2018 - Garden design, Garden travel, Gardening know how

Inspiring indoor garden pot and planter ideas

It can be difficult to find the right indoor garden pot for your newly fashionable house plant. The chain stores, such as B&Q and Ikea, do a good line in…

February 17th, 2018 - Container gardening, Garden trends & design

20+ best vegetable varieties to grow

I'm creating a super-list of the best vegetable varieties to grow. Out of curiosity, I threw myself on the mercy of Twitter. I asked the garden and allotment bloggers which…

February 11th, 2018 - Grow-your-own, Middlesized country, Vintage & thrift

YouTube gardening – discover a new world of garden gurus…

Youtube gardening - who to follow

YouTube gardening videos are a very useful resource. If you want to know how to prune roses, make a raised bed or plant potatoes, seeing it on video is fast,…

February 4th, 2018 - Garden trends & design

Is it time for a garden appraisal?

If you want to take your garden up a notch, book a garden appraisal. Maybe you've moved to a new house and you don't even know what's in your garden?…

January 28th, 2018 - Garden design, Gardening know how

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 - 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 - Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own, Wildlife & eco

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…

January 7th, 2018 - Gardening know how