Category Archives: Gardening tips

An annual injection of colour

Annual flowers are often dismissed as being just for bedding or filling baskets and troughs, but Hardy and Half Hardy Annuals are a great way to add colour in gaps in your borders, for cutting for flower arranging, or grown near your vegetables to encourage beneficial insects. Now that the soil is getting warmer there […]

Cut to the point – time to coppice

Coppicing from the French verb couper, meaning to cut, is a traditional forestry management skill used for hundreds of years to produce wood for firewood, poles and charcoal and to prologue the life of trees. Traditionally trees like Ash, Chestnut, Elder, Beech and Hazel are cut to the ground and then new shoots are left […]

Planting for winter bird feeding

If you’re beginning to feel that the birds are eating you out of house and home and you’re having to replenish feeders every few days – there is another way. Think about what you plant in your garden and provide some ‘natural bird food’ on an ongoing basis. You could start by not being too […]

Get your garlic in before Christmas

Garlic can be planted in the garden right up to Christmas as long as the ground isn’t actually frozen. It’s simple to grow and needs little attention. Although you can plant garlic in spring, in fact it benefits from cold weather. Garlic needs at least 2 months of cold to promote it forming cloves. Plant […]

Time for tulips

Autumn is the time for planting spring flowering bulbs such as Daffodils, Camassia, Alliums and Tulips to name but a few. As Tulips are happy to go into the ground right up to the end of November, there’s still plenty of time to put some in. Tulips are simple to plant and look after and […]