Wildflower watching became an activity itself on our holiday. Having seen the clouds of insects surrounding these...it made me realise that exotic 'pollinator plants' have nothing on the natives.
Don't waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come.Mario Quintana Growing up, we had two big glass picture frames filled with dead butterflies. Pinned to a board, they were skewered, dry and drained of colour. I hated them, but also liked looking at them too. There weren't that many butterflies [...]
Buying food to feed the birds is costing way more than tuppence these days. I've been trying to grow wild food and attract more insects into my garden to provide a more natural source.
After 5 years of tidying, lack of organic matter and absolutely NO mulching, the Vinca minor (lesser periwinkle) and other groundcover plants had left behind a wasteland. Was it possible to re-grow my soil?
I hate taking instructions with no explanation. 2x2 is 4? But why. Add in baking powder to make your cake rise...how does that work? Mix cardboard and grass cuttings in this ratio and get compost - but why that ratio, what's breaking them down? How can I make it go quicker? I find that if [...]
If you are gardening for pollinators, then you are probably also attracting all insect life. And if you are doing that, then you might also invite BATS! I think bats have had some really bad press. They have become the Trump of the small flying animal world. However, their bad press has nothing to do [...]
If you want to turn a black thumb into a green thumb, then you need some gardening side-kicks. Enter the FUNGI!! Fungi can help you have happier healthier plants.
"Gardening is one of those areas where we never, genuinely, never stop learning." I took a course on Container Gardening with Chris Beardshaw and it was FANTASTIC!
I'd never heard of this plant until three years ago. To be honest the words "tastes like cucumber," and "great in G&T," and "good for bees" was enough to set off my 'Buy Now' trigger finger and purchase a tiny packet of seeds off eBay. I unwittingly sowed them into some pots at the front [...]
Do you want to fill your home with freshly cut flowers but don't want to fill your house with plastic packaging and the guilt of all those air miles? Then find out what flowers you should grow to have your own zero waste cut flowers.