Pricking out and potting on

April has begun with a slump in temperatures, howling gales and horizontal rain but the greenhouse is a riot of growth, with many of the seedlings needing to be potted on. Pricking out seedlings may seem tedious to many, but gardener's find this a relaxing and rewarding process. Taking  young … [Read more...]



Flower of the month – Helianthus

Perennial sunflowers or Helianthus are a great way to bring fresh, bright colour to the back of the border in autumn. Flowering into early October, Perennial Helianthus are hardy, vigorous plants with small to large yellow flowers. They can grow from three to seven feet tall, depending on the … [Read more...]



Hackney Veg Patch

When growing veg, it is important to plan ahead very carefully to gain the best out of your plot and to maintain crop rotation. On our searches around the web we found this wonderful site " Our Vegetable Garden - Notes from a Hackney veg patch" where you can find an interesting array of articles … [Read more...]



Sunflowers for Uplifting Colour

Colour affects our mood and shades from yellow through red have an uplifting effect on our spirits. Few plants can be more rewarding or easy to grow than sunflowers. Traditional sunflowers can be tall, Growing to heights of  4 - 6 ft but developments in cultivation now gives us blooms of 2 -3 … [Read more...]



Make Spring Gardening Easier

As gloomy winter days give way to the watery sunlight of spring, the temperature may still be cool but daylight hours are lengthening and the garden is certainly starting to show new signs of life. Early spring can be a hard physical time for the gardener and apart from the usual seed sowing … [Read more...]



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