Category: Hints & Tips

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…

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…

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…

August Gardening Advice

Temperatures are soaring, the sun is shining; summer is well and truly here. Dont forget to water those plants! Flowers are bursting with vibrant colour. From golden heleniums to fiery dahlias, the reds, oranges and yellows have taken over from the pastel shades of spring. But with scorching summer weather comes the ongoing battle to…

July Gardening Advice

The skies are blue, the air is warm, and the birds are singing. Summer has arrived! Dont forget to water all your plants as for the past few months, we’ve been working up to this glorious season: sowing seeds, potting on, and planting out. And now it’s time to reap the rewards. With flowers blooming…

June Gardening Advice

It wasn’t that long ago that we were in coats and scarves, coaxing seeds into life from the protection of our greenhouses. But now we’re in June, it’s a very different picture. Gardens are bursting with colourful plants, and fruit and veg are beginning to swell. While it’s good to enjoy the weather and take…

May Gardening Advice

May is an important month in the gardening calendar. It’s the time of the Chelsea Flower Show (online for the first time this year due to Covid-19), where new and established garden designers usually take to the stage to ‘wow’ their audiences with their beautiful plants and, hopefully, win awards. As a gardener, we get…