Watch me grow

When you have children, teaching them to grow their own food is a wonderful thing, as we’ve seen previously in a post from from guest blogger Richard Chivers! Luckily, there are many suitable plants for kids to grow into delicious veg. Read on to find out more… Today’s guest blogger is Gemma Hall. Gemma writes as…

Why homegrown is best

Want to get fit? Grow your own! Homegrown vegetables are nutritious, healthy and surprisingly easy to produce yourself! Why choose homegrown vegetables? The arrival of brighter spring days often signals the end of our winter stew dependence, as our tastebuds suddenly crave lighter, healthier fare. There’s only so much bad food a body can take…

5 benefits of having an allotment

Allotments are old. The arrangement of allotments we recognise today has its roots in the 19th Century, when land was provided to the poor for the provision of growing food. Despite this fact, they are incredibly valuable for our modern life. Luckily, we are not having to dig for victory as our grandparents did during…

How to 3D carve your own pumpkin!

A trip to the pumpkin patch has become an annual event, being scribbled onto the calendar alongside the December Christmas Tree hunt, and June strawberry picking trip! But once you’ve got your pumpkin, what will you carve? Why not try something a little more ambitious this year? Expert 3D pumpkin carver, Simon McMinnis, has put…

5 things to do with a 22 pound, record-breaking carrot!

Have you heard about the 22 pound carrot unearthed by Minnesota gardener, Chris Qualley? The orange tangled mess has actually landed him into the Guinness World Records! Chris Qualley had grown the world’s heaviest carrot, weighing in at an eye-watering 22.4 pounds (10.1kg)! The previous record holder is Peter Glazebrook, from Newark, in the UK,…

Four salads and a muffin: some seasonal recipes by Stephanie Hafferty

Why not eat the rainbow and make the most of autumn harvests by transforming them into delicious vegetable-filled salads! Here are 4 brilliant recipes, plus a tasty muffin one using some unusual ingredients! Guest Blogger, Stephanie Hafferty is famed for creating the delicious lunches during Charles Dowding’s gardening courses with affordable, seasonal healthy food . She has…

Are you the UK’s best amateur gardener?

Summer’s over, but there’s no need to feel blue. Not when there’s a chance to win up to £350 in vouchers to spend on your garden! So, now is the time to show us what you’ve been up to in the garden this summer! Wilko, the UK’s home and garden retailer, is looking for green…

You can’t grow Olives in the UK, can you?

Sometimes olives seem so exotic that you couldn’t possibly imagine growing them in the English climate. Antonia Smith from the award winning Norfolk Olive Tree Company is here to debunk all myths, with an easy guide to growing, and using, olives at home. “Choose your variety carefully- there is a mind-boggling 800+ varieties to choose…

Why I always hate August in the garden- by Ellen Mary

By the time we swing into August, us gardeners are harvesting the fruits of our labour with an abundance of cut flowers, trugs of vegetables and tubs of freshly picked fruit. Then we sit back in the garden, feet up with a tipple and enjoy every moment…right? Not so! Ellen Mary can’t be the only…

Gardening in Florida; An Idiot’s Self Taught Journey

I can see it now…my own little tropical paradise. Birds of paradise, tropical hibiscus, bougainvillea, plumeria. A feeling of a relaxing Caribbean vacation when I step outside my front door. Growing up in the Michigan countryside, so many fantasies were conjured in my mind when I found out I was relocating to beautiful and sunny…

Should you be faking it in the garden?

The UK seems to have a love-hate relationship with fake flowers, and following today’s ITV This Morning feature about ‘faking it in the garden’, I felt we should explore why people fake it, and how they do it! ‘Would you rather see a garden full of weeds growing through a mattress, propped up against a…