Category: Hints & Tips

Organic Gardening Tips for January

January 2022

A new year has begun!! Welcome 2022!  Its time to make plans for your garden and allotment and order in seeds and plants!  We can now also look forward to ever so slightly lighter evenings as the shortest day has passed…. Jobs to do this month: • Prune soft fruit removing old stems • Plant…

Organic Gardening Tips for December

Holly, Winter, Feed for birds, seedlings

Its time to start hiding away in the warm indoors and planning what lovely flowers and crops you will be planting next year! Don’t forget to prune all your fruit trees and bushes. Jobs to do this month: • harvest winter vegetables such as potatoes and brussel sprouts • cover rhubarb with forcing pots •…

Organic Gardening Tips for November

Hornbeam, autumn colours, golden leaves,

The days are getting shorter and colder, so its time to start protecting your plants from the changing weather. Jobs to do this month: • Sow onion seeds and sweet peas now in the greenhouse • Complete winter fruit tree pruning • Protect winter vegetables from pigeons with netting • Cover your rhubarb with our…

Organic Gardening Tips For October

conkers, brown and white conkers, conker fight, horse chestnut,

October is full of joyous, bright Autumn colours on all kinds of plants, from flowers to fruit. Golden leaves are falling from the trees and orange pumpkins are being harvested ready for Halloween fun! Jobs to do this month: • Sow winter lettuce in the greenhouse. Sow in to peat free compost with some of…

Organic Gardening Tips for September

Every day the sun is setting earlier and earlier as September is a crossroad month for seasons. We can cross our fingers and hope we get some nice warm sunny days, but at night the temperatures start to drop, so be ready to start protecting any delicate plants. There is good news however – your…

Organic Gardening Tips for August

organic fruit, organic fertiliser, harvest

Vegetable beds and allotments are now overflowing with organic fruit and vegetables to harvest. Flower beds need dead-heading and perennials need planting. Harvest time is here. Enjoy! Crops need to be well watered, especially onions, so make sure you keep emptying the water butt and turn on the sprinkler Keep earthing up main crop potatoes…

The perfect organic pest control – Nasturtiums

Nasturtium - the best organic pest control

Nasturtiums are the perfect organic pest control! Flea and cucumber beetles will be tempted away from squash and cucumber plants. Cabbage white butterflies are attracted to their leaves, and they will often choose to lay their eggs on nasturtium leaves, instead of cabbage leaves. The cabbage white caterpillars stay on their host plant, rather than…

Organic Gardening Tips for July

Harvest time

This is the month to start to harvest the fruits of your labours. Organic fruit and vegetables taste fabulous – time to enjoy! Jobs to do in the garden this month: • Water and feed all areas regularly with our liquid fertiliser, especially onions if you are growing them • Dig up and enjoy early…

Is Organic Fertiliser as Good as Chemical Fertiliser?

Slow-release organic fertiliser

When I am asked “is organic fertiliser as good as chemical fertiliser”, I have to ask the question – good for who or what? Good for the plants, good for the soil, good for the person eating the produce that has been grown with it, good for the wildlife, children and pets that invariably come…

A raised bed in your garden has its benefits

raised beds

There are a number of benefits to having raised beds for your vegetables, fruits and flowers. They can improve drainage if you have clay soil, and due to the better drainage the soil will warm up quicker in the spring ready for planting out. The soil can be tailored for the plants that you wish…