Friday, 31 March 2017

Gardens to Visit - Abbotsbury - Five ways to make your garden look tropical

Rope Bridge at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens in Dorset
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens - The Rope Bridge
If you long to create a tropical paradise in your garden then Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens in Dorset has lots of examples of what to plant and how. There are plenty of plants that look exotic but that are hardy enough to be grown in most places in the UK, so whether you're in urban Birmingham, suburban Surrey or rural North Yorkshire, read on to find out how you can turn your garden into a jungle - or a post-apocalyptic vision!

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Green Fingers Tip - What's happened to your garden mint and what to do about it

Garden mint spreads to the rim of the potHaving fresh herbs outside the back door is easy and convenient. Mint dies down in winter but is now growing strongly again. But if you grew some in a pot last year you will almost certainly see that it is now growing mainly around the rim of the pot, not in the middle where you planted it. This seems strange but gives you the chance to propagate extra plants, and it only takes a few minutes.

Friday, 24 March 2017

A simple garden project for a fun children's play feature - build a boardwalk!

Garden boardwalk for Children at Picton Castle
A boardwalk is great fun for small children
You can give your children an unusual and fun feature to use when playing in the garden by building a boardwalk. It's fun to play on, easy to build and will give your garden a real sense of adventure. You can make it whatever size suits your space, and it doesn't have to cost a lot either. Now is the perfect time to add this fantastic home made play area to your garden. 

Friday, 17 March 2017

Getting your allotment or vegetable patch started

Allotment prepared
If you've just decided to create a veg garden, taken on a new allotment plot, or are just getting your existing plot started again after winter, the better your preparation the better the results will be. So what do you need to do to get your vegetable garden or allotment going?

Friday, 10 March 2017

How to choose which sweet peas to grow for your garden

Sweet pea varieties, lathyrus odoratus
There are hundreds of varieties of sweet pea 
Sweet peas are a must for your garden. Easy to grow, they bring colour and fragrance to the garden in summer, and make great cut flowers, so you can enjoy that fragrance indoors too. In fact the more you cut them, the more flowers they produce. But there are so many varieties, how do you choose which ones to grow?

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Join the #mygardenrightnow project

Magnolia flower budWhat's happening in your garden right now? Take a picture and share it on twitter using #mygardenrightnow. Let the world see your garden as it is today, and see how it compares to everyone else's.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Houseplant Help: How to grow your own spider plants, for free!

Spider plant Chlorophytum comosum
If the cold, rain, wind, or all three, keep you indoors this weekend, then it's time to focus on houseplants. The humble spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum, is a popular but underrated houseplant. It's easy to look after, difficult to kill, and very simple to propagate. You will soon have dozens of baby spider plants to fill your house or office, or give away to friends. All you need is a happy spider plant, some pots of compost, and some paper clips!