Heavenly herbs from seed to scoffin’ ‘em

If you’re starting to ‘grow your own’, herbs are a great place to begin! In May 2014, aged 8, George was crowned RHS Young School Gardener of the Year in the RHS Campaign for School Gardening’s competition. In October 2015, George was made the first RHS Young Ambassador in order to inspire other children to…

Going plastic-free: The gardening edition

I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we should all be using less plastic. From un-recyclable coffee cups to single-use cutlery, there are so many every day items that could be replaced for a more eco-friendly alternative. Thousands upon thousands of tonnes of plastic are being dumped every year…

Keeping bees buzzing in winter

If you’re wondering ‘what happens to bees in winter?’, well, they don’t just go away. Although they’re not as prevalent in UK gardens as they are in summer, our black and yellow friends are still alive and well. They may be spending more time huddling in their hives than buzzing about your Buddleia, but it’s…

How to live off your own garden

November is World Vegan Month, and if you’re already vegan, on your way to becoming vegan or trying out a vegan diet, growing your own produce makes veganism so much easier. There are so many other benefits to growing your own produce, including: Saving money Engaging in a new hobby Understanding more about how food…

5 things to consider before designing your garden

Your outdoor space is an extension of your house, and it can become a relaxing haven for outdoor cooking or a space to have fun with your loved ones. It can be daunting to start a green space from nothing, and even worse if you are feeling uninspired. However, irrespective of the size of your…

This gardening product will actually make you want to clean

Keeping your outdoor space clean and tidy won’t just make your garden sparkle, but it’ll also keep pests and disease at bay. However, maintaining a happy and healthy garden isn’t always easy. Who wants to spend weekends on their knees scrubbing patios, balancing on ladders, or dragging your old knackered pressure washer out of the…

Top 7 foolproof allotment plants

It’s National Allotment Week! From 13th to 19th August, the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners will encourage allotments to open their gates, allowing more people to get involved in the wonderful world of growing-your-own. To celebrate, Kirsty of My Little Allotment is sharing her top seven foolproof allotment plants with us. Kirsty started…

Why Tulip time comes early this year

Tulips are an ever popular spring bulb, and one that really announces the arrival of spring, like the world’s biggest and most colourful carnival, parading around your own back garden! Actually available in EVERY colour of the rainbow, and in a myriad of shapes, sizes and patterns, you just can’t be without them. But, why…

It’s not too late to take part in the Big Butterfly Count 2018

You might have heard about the council worker who destroyed a butterfly meadow that was being used as part of the Big Butterfly Count this year – well, we don’t know if we’ll ever make that big of a blunder at work, but at least we can be sure to enjoy watching some beautiful winged…

5 of the biggest plant-care mistakes

Let’s face it, plants, gardening, green stuff… it can all seem a bit intimidating to some! It often seems like you need some secret knowledge to get it right, a skilled hand, green fingers… But, that’s not so! By following a few basic plant care points you can avoid some of the usual mistakes! I’ve…

Is my lawn dead?

If you’re looking out at your garden, cup of tea in hand and asking yourself ‘is my lawn dead?’, you’re not alone. With the current lack of rain combined with soaring temperatures, Britain is set for one of the driest summers ever, which unfortunately means that most of us are seeing something that looks a…

Grow your own herbal teas in the kitchen

If you’re a coffee fiend like me, you may find that you get carried away with the brown stuff, and find yourself sitting bolt upright in a caffeine-crazed trance by noon. Avoid that, and an over-enthusiastic and less than healthy heart-rate, by opting for herbal tea instead! However, I’m not suggesting you fool around with tea…