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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…

How To Grow Soft Fruit

Getting the most from Blackberries, Raspberries, Redcurrants & Other Soft Fruit For gardeners just entering the spring season there is still time to plant soft fruit such as raspberries, currants and figs. These fruits are easy to grow and can be very rewarding. I thought I would highlight a few…

10 Flowers To Grow With Vegetables

Companion Planting: How To Deter Pests and Encourage Beneficial Insects Flowers among the vegetables are more than just a colourful addition. They attract pollinating insects to fertilise the flowers of beans, peas, tomatoes and all those crops that depend on pollination to produce a crop. In some cases they may…

In Praise of Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas: For All Year Round Interest Hydrangeas have been enjoying an uplift in popularity in recent years; deservedly so because they have one of the longest flowering seasons of any group of flowering shrubs. There are so many different types to choose from besides the traditional lacecap and mophead varieties…

10 Tips About Bird Boxes

A Gardeners Guide to Bird Nesting Boxes As we head into spring in the Northern Hemisphere, mornings get lighter and the dawn chorus gets louder and more cheerful. Wouldn’t it be lovely to provide a home for those wild birds that are thinking about setting up home and starting a…

The Philadelphia Flower Show 2015

A Report By International Designer Paul Hervey Brookes The Philadelphia Flower Show is the largest and oldest flower show in the United States. Staged in March for the last twenty years or so, at the sprawling Convention Centre in the heart of the city this ten acre show is packed…

How To Grow Strawberries

10 Tips For Growing The Perfect Strawberry Strawberries are versatile plants that can be grown in a number of different ways: in the open ground, in cold frames and under glass, in raised beds, pots and containers and hanging baskets. They are an easy fruit to grow, but also a…

Mother’s Day Garden Gifts Ideas + Competition

Gardening Gifts for Mother’s Day If you are looking for the right gift for Mother’s Day, and your mum is vaguely interested in plants or gardening, then buy her something for the garden. Alternatively something to help her to get more out of her interest in the coming year. She…