I’ve just written an eco-friendly gardening book, The Living Jigsaw, and I got the chance to take part in the red-button Springwatch and was interviewed by a delightful man called Brett Westwood. I felt I already knew Brett. One of his books, Tweet of the Day, sits on my bedside table because in my youth […]
Jean Vernon turns the dilemma of ‘weeds’ on its head. The simple answer is to change your attitude to plants that you call ‘weeds’ and unless they are competing with your plants for food and water, or really taking over, learn to live with them. Most of the plants we regard as weeds are in […]
Build life into the structure of your garden – and create new, renewable habitat for its wildlife – by putting wood to work. Where would my garden be without the endless wonders of wood? While the solid framework of my terraced, edge-of-woodland patch relies on slate for its symmetry and stability, wood – in all […]
Inside the greenhouse or out in the garden, the tools you use will either make gardening a chore to be put off until tomorrow, or the pleasure that it truly is, luring you into the garden for your daily connection to nature. It’s an unwritten law that while the usefulness of a tool is in […]
Always site your glasshouse in your sunniest spot, goes the gardening wisdom, and quite rightly too. There is little point going to all the trouble of buying and erecting a structure perfectly designed to capture every ray of sunlight and drop of warmth if you then plonk it in the lee of a building or […]
Also known as Fringe flowers and Poor man’s orchids Schizanthus are a glorious way of filling a glasshouse with summer colour. Coming from S. America this small genus related to potatoes derives both common and scientific names from pretty pansy like blooms. These have split corollas and look much like orchids, and even more like […]
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Fresh tomatoes eaten straight from the plant, are one of the great pleasures of summer. So to get the best from your plants, keep them well shaded, ventilated, fed and watered throughout the growing season and ‘pinch out’ the stem just above the fourth truss to ensure that the fruits ripen. Feed with Epsom Salts […]