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Earlier this month, we caught up with Guy Barter, RHS Chief Horticultural Advisor, about horticulture, wildlife, and his plans for 2017. Check out his interview below. Our interview with Guy Barter 1. Why is wildlife so important to the horticultural industry? Wildlife in the general sense of biodiversity is important to everyone as our existence is tied to that of other living things. However for the horticultural industry, in particular, there is a sort of invisible help from wildlife that acts to keep populations in check, so unbeknown to gardeners,

Featured Image Credit: Anne Heathcote Earlier this month, we got back in touch with the lovely people at Freshwater Habitats Trust to get their advice on ponds before the summer months. They tell us all about the different wildlife ponds can attract, how to create your own wildlife pond, and whether or not you should worry if water levels drop in your pond in our interview below. Our Pond Advice interview with Freshwater Habitats Trust 1. What are some of the benefits of wildlife ponds? Wildlife ponds are fabulous places

Fencing has to be practical and look great in the garden. And not just any garden – it has to be right for your own particular plot. Most fencing is used for screening. It might be hiding an ugly view, obscuring the neighbours or acting as a barrier to unwanted guests. Or even to stop winds from howling across a site. There are fencing options that marry practicality and beauty. Check out some different garden fencing ideas and advice below. The best fencing for different uses Solid fencing is the

School children go back to their learning institutions resplendent in over-sized blazers and blister-inducing, shiny black shoes. Crows and ravens return noisily to nest uncomfortably close in neighbours’ trees. Strictly Come Dancing revs up for its sprint to Christmas and…..there’s plenty to be getting on with in the garden. There’s lots of crops to pick, dahlias to cut, gladioli to stake against the breeze as thoughts turn to planting again. After all, the soil is warm, the soil is moist, the soil is ready. September is a marvelous month. Gardening

‘We’re all going on a summer holiday’ – except your plants won’t be and you need to get them sorted before you go away. Charm your green-fingered neighbours and make it easy for them – gather containers together, rig up watering systems and go away with a clear conscience. Or you can go all high-tech and water your plants from the warmth of your sun lounger using a Wi-Fi-connected watering system. Whatever you do, make sure you do something to avoid disappointment. Houseplants are always trickier as you might not

We can only hope that July is a little sunnier than June. Flash floods, rain washing out cricket matches around the country, and roses sticking firmly in the bud and rotting before unfurling. But, and there is a plus side, everything is growing so quickly outdoors. Soft, leafy growth should ensure the potatoes produce a great crop. Most are flowering now indicating that tubers are present ( or coinciding with the beginnings of a crop) and now is key to a bumper harvest. If it doesn’t rain, and even if

Gardening is one of our favourite hobbies and in this fast moving world, it has many benefits. You get a pretty space to enjoy and unwind in at the end of a busy day and to grow some of your own food. I love growing herbs like thyme, rosemary, chives and parsley by the back door, using them freshly picked in cooking. A small budget doesn’t have to hold you back and it doesn’t mean small ideas, a touch of creativity and planning ahead can help a small budget go

Even if your fence hasn’t fallen over in the strong winds, chances are the panels have still taken a bit of a beating over recent weeks.  Even when the weather is nice it is important to make sure that your fence is in good condition regularly to help limit the amount of repairs and replacements you will need to carry out over the years. When the weather couples strong winds with wet days our fences and garden buildings can suffer a lot of damage.  The wind can batter fence and

As storm Henry blasts us into February the garden still thinks it’s mid-spring. Daffodil are in full blooms, joining the primroses, crocus, snowdrops and hellebores in what is a fantastic spectacle. But loitering about gazing at flowers is fast becoming a luxury as the frenzied activity of a busy gardening season is beginning. I like to pot up shallots into individual pots of multi-purpose compost and get them growing before planting out. They get a great start, grow quickly and crop well. Sow a pot or tray of hardy annuals

My new greenhouse has had a baptism of fire (or to be more accurate, wind!) with gales howling around the structure and rattling the panes. All is well as it’s solidly constructed and now even has a few hyacinths growing happily in what is a perfect space to sit and ponder. Santa brought the electric greenhouse heater so the sparky is booked to run power from the house. I need two more weeks of warm weather then everything will be toasty in the greenhouse. There will be plenty of time

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