Autumn in the Garden

Autumn Gardens, Its autumn and the days are darker and wetter. There are still some jobs to keep your garden going for the next few months before the winter starts. There are several plants that can keep your garden looking bright and beautiful even as the leaves fall. Asters, cyclamen, Fuchsia, Dahlia, Pansies, Heather all […]

Bog garden

Following on from previous blogs about waterlogging and dealing with too moist areas; its time to celebrate these damp and wet areas by creating a bog garden.  Adding a new bog area will increase local ecosystems and biodiversity. Bog gardens are also great for a transitioning from a pond back to a drier part of […]

Waterlogged Plants

Following on from last weeks blog on waterlogged garden solutions, this week we are focussing on the issues specifically with plants in waterlogged areas of the garden. Plants can become waterlogged in beds and pots. Waterlogging is an excess of water around roots caused by badly draining soil. This can be very damaging for plants […]

Waterlogging

Do you have issues with waterlogging? In a period of heavy rainfall does any area of your garden become saturated with water. Are plants and grass areas surrounded by a pool of water that does not disperse into the ground. A dense soil can cause this problem. It can also lead to fungal diseases on […]

August Garden jobs

Its August already……….. Those hot summer days have turned stormy of late but the season still progresses. Let’s keep up with those August Garden jobs, before we know it we will be prepping for winter. 1.Deadhead flowers to keep flowering plants looking their best. 2.Keep watering – rainwater is best if you can collect it […]

Protecting Pots in Summer

Keeping your pots cool in the summer. Just a few tips for those of us who have smaller gardens/ yards full of pots. We need to keep an eye on our potted plants in this heat wave (well its expected back). Consider the pots you have, its better to buy lighter coloured ones e.g., terracotta […]

helping local wildlife in summer

Helping your local wildlife in the heat. Your garden is not the only one that might need a bit of extra care in the summer heat. Your local birds and wildlife may be finding it harder too. Here are a few easy and simple jobs you can do to help. Bird baths – providing water […]

Make your own bee house –

Why not add another place in the garden to help your local bee population? Why not make a bee house? It is easy to do maybe get the kids invloved. Find a suitable casing with an open end. A recycled 2l bottle would work with the top and end cut off. Just cut a section […]

Common garden pests

Green fly and Black fly – Aphids are 5mm green or black in colour. They can be found on new growth and the underside of leaves. They eat the sap of the plant and slow the growth. Easiest way to get rid of them is to knock them off the plant and squash them. Lily […]

Protecting newly Planted seedlings

Now is the time to put those seedings into the garden. After weeks caring for them indoors you want them to do their best when in the garden. After hardening off the seedlings, another period of vigilance is needed. Seedlings are at risk from pests, diseases, sun, and wind damage. If you have an outdoor […]