How Can I Make Compost?

Wildlife

Composting is an entirely natural way of recycling your garden and kitchen waste, transforming it into a nutrient rich material that your plants will love. Martyn Loach shows how easy and cheap it is to replicate nature and create the ideal conditions in which your flowers and shrubs will thrive.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Friday, 4th of May, 2018.

VegTrug - The Easy Way To Grow Your Own Vegetables

Organic Gardening

At GLEE this year David Coton visited the VegTrug stand to find out how their specially designed space saving planters can encourage us to grow more of our own food without the use of pesticides.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 14th of September, 2017.

Amazon Report Reveals Popularity Of Indoor Gardening

Herbs

A summer sales report from internet retailer Amazon has revealed some interesting gardening trends and Nathan James Dodd has discovered that we are becoming a nation of indoor gardeners.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 28th of August, 2015.

Raised Beds For Vegetables Explained

Organic Gardening

David Hall was digging his allotment recently, keeping an eye on an adjacent plot holder who was constructing raised beds. Taking a breather, it crossed my mind whether I should adopt such a system, would it prove more productive and less hard work?

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 21st of August, 2015.

Essential Gardening Tools & Why

Organic Gardening

It's essential to have the right tools for different jobs around the garden, and here's David Hall's list of the tools he finds most useful.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 20th of August, 2015.

How To Store And Preserve Fruit And Vegetables

Vegetables

In the autumn, when there is a glut of fruit and vegetables, particularly if you have an allotment, you may have to store fresh produce or conserve it in some way, here Martyn Loach offers some advice.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Wednesday, 19th of August, 2015.

Using Containers And Planters To Grow Vegetables

Fruit

Many of us have modest outside spaces but they needn't be unproductive and, as David Hall finds out, containers and planters are a brilliant way of growing vegetables and herbs.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 17th of June, 2015.

Great British Growing Awards

Organic Gardening

'Grow Your Own' magazine, the UK's best selling kitchen garden magazine, has just announced its Great British Growing Awards, and Nathan James Dodd has been looking through the winners.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 6th of March, 2015.

Jamie Oliver Launches His Kitchen Garden Project For UK Primary Schools

Organic Gardening

Jamie Oliver launched his Kitchen Garden Project several years ago to meet the needs of the new compulsory food education curriculum. David Coton finds out how schools can get involved and the campaign's tie-up with the Soil Association.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 4th of December, 2014.

What Does Sustainable Gardening Mean?

Media

The RHS define sustainable gardening as 'the concept of using practices to maintain a garden so that natural resources are not exhausted and without causing ecological damage'. Martyn Loach wonders how the average gardener can achieve these aims.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Thursday, 1st of January, 1970.

Growing Seed Potatoes

Compost

At home it used to be chips with everything. Admittedly I was still a child then, but I thought chips and mashed potatoes were entirely different animals.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Thursday, 24th of January, 2013.

Grow Herbs For All The Right Reasons

Fertilizer

Interest in growing herbs has increased sharply over the last few years as we have turned back to nature to exploit the culinary, medicinal and aromatic properties of these plants. David Hall gives you a few tips on what herbs to choose and how to grow them.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 27th of August, 2015.

What To Do In The Garden In October

Compost

In October, David Coton is getting the garden prepared for the onset of colder weather but, at the same time, the arrival of spring bulbs in the garden centre is a reminder that you should also now be planning ahead for next year.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 2nd of October, 2017.

What To Do In The Garden in June

Seeds

At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our Garden Centre in Birmingham. David Coton will be planting the bedding in containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Sunday, 27th of May, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden In May

Seeds

Although the weather is feeling decidedly chilly for the time of the year, during May the threat of frost will pass and, with spring well under way, David Coton is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 30th of April, 2018.

Using Water Butts To Conserve Autumn Rainfall

Flowers

You might think that Britain is drenched by a deluge of water throughout the year, but regular hose pipe bans prove otherwise. That's why we need to conserve the rainfall that we receive and Nathan James Dodd thinks the best way of achieving this is to use a water butt.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 14th of October, 2015.

Seasonal Gardening - Be Prepared for Autumn

water

Autumn gardening is unfortunately about saying farewell to the warm summer days and Nathan James Dodd has a few suggestions on how best to prepare for winter.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 13th of October, 2015.

Container Gardening

Garden Furniture

If you have a small garden, courtyard, or no garden at all, container growing might be the perfect way to fill your outside space with some of your favourite plants. David Coton considers timber and stone containers and how best to use them.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 11th of May, 2015.

Orchid Plant Care Tips

Grow Your Own

Orchids in pots, especially the ‘Moth Orchid’ or Phalaenopsis, are widely available and popular gifts. Placed on a window sill, they bloom for long periods when pruned, watered and fed correctly. In this article David Coton share some important orchid plant care tips.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 20th of August, 2015.

Foraging Autumn Hedgerows

Compost

Country walks are at their most enjoyable in the autumn, when the hedgerows are full of berries and fruit ready to be foraged and made into delicious food and drink. Martyn Loach has been out and about to see how much of nature's bounty he can gather.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Wednesday, 3rd of September, 2014.

How To Feed Your Garden

Foraging

At this time of the year, when the growing season is coming to an end, you may feel that the garden needs replenishing with nutrients.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 19th of August, 2014.

Foraging For Fungi

Compost

Foraging has now become so popular that a national newspaper publishes a column on the subject. Martyn Loach says this isn't surprising as foraging for mushrooms is free and your harvest can be extremely tasty.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

How to Interest Children in Gardening

Fungi

Certain challenges in life are easier to negotiate than others, Ellie Goodall thinks that persuading children to become interested in gardening shouldn't be too difficult and can be very rewarding.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Friday, 8th of April, 2016.

Autumn Softwood Plant Cuttings

Flowers

Many gardeners like to think of themselves as thrifty individuals. Why go to the expense of buying anything new when you can cobble it together from odds and ends?

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Wednesday, 6th of November, 2013.

Gardening Organically

Propagation

Martyn Loach explains that organic gardening is about working with nature rather than against it, if nature had succeeded in sustaining life over millions of years, it must have something going for it.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Friday, 24th of May, 2013.