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Gardens and the environment

Sometimes it seems that you can hardly read or listen to the news without hearing statistics about the environment, from the loss of insect populations, destruction of rain forests to the number of species approaching extinction.  But I want you to think about a different statistic and this one is part of the solution not […]

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Bees burrowing into your lawn

I have been asked several times this year about bees apparently swarming over and burrowing into a lawn.  These are Mining Bees and I thought I would pass on some fascinating and reassuring facts from a Bumblebee Conservation Trust officer. Mining Bees are a group of Solitary Bees (240+ species of Solitary Bee are native […]

Gardening trends – where is gardening going?

Predicting the future and fashion trends is something of a mug’s game but I am interested in the general direction of travel for gardening; not the cat walk world of show garden design but the role of gardening in people’s lives and communities.  Over the last few years I have seen three influences develop that […]

Doubly good Christmas presents for gardeners

What to buy a gardener when they have enough gloves and string?  How about membership of a charitable organisation or making a gift donation on their behalf?  Christmas is a time when we are not short of charity appeals and here are a few suggestions if you are interested in gardening and the environment.   […]

Don’t be too tidy in the autumn garden

Providing shelter for overwintering wildlife: You will know that I am keen on encouraging wildlife in the garden and there is good news for anyone struggling to find time for all that autumn cutting and tidying. Leaving herbaceous perennials and grasses standing through the winter instead of cutting everything down to ground level provides great […]

Valentine’s Day in the Garden

February 14th, St. Valentines Day, is traditionally said to be the day when birds start to nest.  While this is debatable, late February can seem like spring but do not be fooled into sowing and planting too early as the first part of the month is definitely winter. What you can do this month is […]

Gardening in the 21st Century

August is a month when we may do more sitting in the garden (whether our own or someone else’s) than hard labour creating and planting. So this month’s column invites you to consider what gardening in the 21st century is and should be like.  I will offer food for thought but you will have to […]