Jobs for the productive garden in June

Here are some seasonal jobs for you to carry out this month if you’re growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers for cutting CUTTING GARDEN Cut sweet peas regularly to encourage more flowers.  Water well in dry spells. Plant out any hardened off annuals you’ve sown in pots – for example Calendula (Marigold), sunflowers and Nasturtium. Plan […]

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Jobs for the garden in June

Things are really taking off now so keep on top of your weeding and staking plants.  Keep a particular eye out for those really pernicious weeds such as bindweed which grow at such a rate it doesn’t take them long to take a stranglehold on your plants if you’re not careful. SHRUBS & CLIMBERS Deadhead […]

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Jobs for the garden in May

It’s a busy time of year with all that spring growth coming along nicely, so do your best to keep on top of things. Here’s a simple guide to the major jobs you should be carrying out in May TREES Newly planted trees need taking care of for up to 3 years after planting until […]

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Inspirational summer planting at Pensthorpe Park

I recently took a trip to Pensthorpe Natural Park, a place I’ve been wanting to visit for quite some time.  It’s not that I’m a closet twitcher and fancied a day birdwatching – the reason I wanted to trek to the depths of Norfolk was to see the Millennium Garden, an acre of gorgeous planting […]

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Design the perfect dining space for your garden

One of the best things (in my humble opinion) about a good long spell of warm weather is the opportunity to eat outside without having to put on 5 layers of clothing!   If you’re happy to plonk a chair on the lawn and balance a plate on your knee, that’s fine.  But if you really […]

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Growing annual flowers for summer colour

One of the quickest and cheapest ways to fill your garden with a splash of summer colour is to grow hardy annuals.  These are flowers which you can sow as seeds directly in to the ground in spring (when the ground has warmed up), and which will reward you with masses of flowers over the […]

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Make room for pollinators

Many people think that creating a wildlife-friendly garden is the preserve of eco-friendly sandal-wearing, tofu-munching people.  And in some cases that may be true!  But designing gardens with wildlife in mind is not only beneficial for the creatures it attracts, but for the garden owner too, so it’s really worth thinking about – whatever your perspective. […]

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Grow your own – and taste the difference

In the last 2 years I have noticed a real trend in the gardening world – the desire to grow fruit & vegetables.  Nearly every client I have worked with recently has requested an area to grow something, even if it’s just herbs, or a couple of fruit bushes.  But more frequently I am asked […]

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