The Lawn in Summer

Even with gardens getting smaller, the vast majority of Great British gardens will have a Great British lawn.  But by the end of July many will not be looking quite so great, indeed they will take on a distinctly yellow, crispy look.  So this month, I will talk about why that is not a permanent plant catastrophe and a...

Insects in the Garden

What would your reaction be if I suggested that we should all attract more insects and other invertebrates to our gardens? I am not expecting everyone to welcome all ‘mini beasts’ with open arms – most people appreciate butterflies, bees and ladybirds but spiders, wasps and greenfly usually divide opinion.  However, insects and the like are both vital and...

Seed bomb Demonstration

A video demonstration for Barratt David Wilson Homes showing you how to make seed bombs at home. It is clear that across the UK, our wildlife needs help.  Many creatures familiar from our childhoods are no longer a common sight as land use has changed over the decades and habitats are diminishing.  The National Trust reports that 97% of Britain's...

Gardens, Wellbeing & Why

May is a month when there is no shortage of work to do in the garden but it is also a time when (we hope) the weather is warm enough to enjoy being outside with family, and soon with friends too. It is a month when many people who would never describe themselves as keen gardeners find out that...

Time to sow the seeds of success

After spending much of February and early March advising gardeners that it is too early to sow seeds, I am now reassuring people that they have not missed the boat and that early April is an ideal time to sow seeds of annual flowers and vegetables. April sees rising temperatures and noticeably longer days so that after germination your seeds...