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10 Best Plants For Hanging Basket

10 Of The Best Hanging Basket Plants Thinking of planting up your hanging baskets and balcony planters? What are the best plants to choose that will keep on blooming right through the summer season and into fall? What are the latest trends? If you haven’t bought plants for hanging baskets…

What Soil Or Compost Should I Use?

A Gardeners Guide To Growing Medium & Potting Compost As many gardeners head out to plant up pots, containers and hanging baskets with seasonal bedding plants and more permanent subjects I thought I would try and help you to make the best buying decisions. The success of those new plants…

How to Feed Your Lawn Organically

Feeding & Lawn Care For Organic Gardeners Sponsored by Vitax – Green Up Lawn Care As the grass starts to grow more rapidly in spring it is time to think about feeding and conditioning the lawn for the season ahead. Grass plants grow in a crowded community, competing for water…

What Your Flower Choice Says About You

Do You Know Which Plant Makes Us Happiest? Apparently experts have come up with a simple online test that reveals how your favourite plants can reflect your personality. The ‘quiz’ is part of a unique experiment at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 (19-23 May) aimed at answering the question: what…

Weapons of Gnat Destruction: The Ultimate Guide to Killing Fungus Gnats

How To Control Fungus Gnats On House Plants Contributed by Geoff Hanbury Andy: Fungus gnats are those annoying, tiny little black flies that you find wafting around your pot plants. They are notoriously difficult to get rid of and I never know how to advise gardeners on this one. I…

10 Best Culinary Salad Leaves To Grow

Ten Great Salad Crops To Grow Most of us that grow some of our own vegetables grow salad leaves, whether we are gardening in containers or in the open ground. Cut and come again lettuce varieties enable you to harvest a few leaves at a time, rather than cutting a…

10 Deer Resistant Shrubs

I am constantly being asked about deer resistant plants. As beautiful as they are, deer can wreak havoc in gardens by demolishing the new growth of trees and shrubs and damaging the bark and stems by rubbing. I prefer to use the term deer resistant, rather than deer proof, because…

How To Control Aphids & Other Garden Pests Naturally

Organic Pest Control with Beneficial Insects and Sprays Sponsored by Neudorff – Natural Gardening As soon as the garden springs to life, so do those insect pests which can damage your vegetables and flowers. Sap sucking insects, especially aphids are attracted to the young soft shoots, stems, leaves and buds….

Under-Planting Deciduous Shrubs & Trees

How To Extend Seasonal Interest With Ground Cover Planting Under Trees & Shrubs Deciduous trees and shrubs can look bare and forlorn through winter and early spring: a skeleton of twigs and branches against a backdrop of bare earth. With the right under-planting around them you can add another dimension…

How to Condition & Feed Your Soil Organically

Organic Gardening: Feeding your Soil Sponsored Post by Vitax 6x Natural Fertiliser We all know that adding organic matter to the soil is a good thing. Composted garden waste, mushroom compost and well-rotted manure are the three main traditional sources of organic soil conditioner. These add organic nutrients, humus and…