Hands On Heritage Skills. Picture; Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum Hands On Heritage Skills 2017

Learn traditional crafts, Saturday, September 23 and Sunday 24

Hands On Heritage Skills. Picture; Beamish Museum
Hands On Heritage Skills. Picture; Beamish Museum

It’s traditional skills weekend at County Durham’s Beamish Museum, as part of the month-long Great North Festival of Agriculture which celebrates the rural heritage of North East England.

At the 1940s farm and 1800s area, try your hand at and enjoy many traditional crafts, learn about their history and their purpose.

You can also learn about the Remaking Beamish plans for our 1800s area, which includes a Georgian inn Continue reading “Beamish Museum Hands On Heritage Skills 2017”

Deluxe Vitopod Double Layer Lights

New Vitopod heated propagator with lights

Award-winning propagator shines out

Deluxe Vitopod Triple Layer with Lights. Picture; Greenhouse Sensation

Want to start sowing early? Here’s a new bit of kit that will help you on your way to earlier and bigger crops.

The multi award-winning Vitopod heated propagator now features a light kit which neatly and securely holds two lights above the propagator, overcoming the difficulty of attaching lights to greenhouse or polytunnel frames.

(I can vouch for this, securing my grow light in a desk Continue reading “New Vitopod heated propagator with lights”

Pepper (Hot) Curry Pepper

New veg seeds 2018: my top picks

Catalogue overload? Here are 11 veg worth a try

It’s great when the new catalogues come in and you can sit curled up in a chair, pondering over what you’re going to grow next season. Continue reading “New veg seeds 2018: my top picks”

Double Wheelie Bin Hide

How to hide ugly wheelie bins

Enhance your garden by covering up bins

Sick of your wheelie bins ruining your otherwise pristine garden design?

We have three – ordinary, gardening and recycling – and while I support recycling, etc, they are far from attractive.

However, Forest Garden, which manufactures timber garden products, has come to the rescue of ‘bin blight’ with a simple, stylish and practical solution.

Accessible storage solution

The company’s Double Wheelie Bin Hide is an attractive and accessible storage solution that also provides great shelter for the bins. With an easy opening bi-fold roof for each wheelie bin, the lids can be easily accessed to open fully, without having to pull the bins out.

“Previous surveys have proved that wheelie bins supplied to households by local authorities have been dubbed unsightly, spoiling the appearance of homes and they need hiding away from view,” said Nicola Simpson, head of marketing for Forest Garden.

“Homeowners do feel strongly about the negative impact they are having on the appearance of their properties. Our simple but effective storage solution will help to address this growing problem.”

Forest’s Double Wheelie Bin Hide measures 122(h) x 146(w) x 92(d)cm and retails at £249.99. The timber is pressure treated and it comes with a 15-year anti-rot guarantee.

For more information about Forest Garden visit www.forestgarden.co.uk.

Sex wellies

Wear Your Wellies To Work Day

Put your best boot forward for Thrive, September 20

Giesswein tiger wellies
Beloved Giesswein tiger wellies

Gardening charity Thrive is holding its first major fund-raising day on Wednesday by encouraging people to become ‘suited and welly-booted’ for work.

The idea is simple – give up the high heels for the day, wear your wellies instead and make a donation to the charity.

There is a welly campaign page on JustGiving where you can give your donation, or donate via text with BOOT03 and the amount you want to give to 70070 – for example, BOOT03£5.

It’s easy enough for me to spend every day in wellies but this isn’t just for gardeners, so spread the word.

Thrive is a charity which uses gardening as therapy for vulnerable, disabled and mentally ill people, so your cash is going to a good cause.

How to help

Warm fur-lined tartan wellies from Giesswein

Upload it: Put your welly pictures on social media, using the #welliestowork hashtag. Thrive on Twitter – @thrivecharity.

You could win a fantastic welly boot store donated by Thrive supporters Forest Garden by raising the most money.

Welly day is supported by Thrive’s Garden Ambassador David Domoney, who has a video message – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VV-tGrM0nk

Roger's premier gold-winniing apple and pear exhibit

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show: pictures and results

From perfect carrots to dinner plate dahlias

The autumn shows are a beacon of hope for gardeners – despite marking the end of one growing season, they give us ideas and plants for the year to come. Continue reading “Harrogate Autumn Flower Show: pictures and results”

Kevin Fortey Mandy

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2017 review

Saucy secrets to growing monster veg!

Huge veg growing owes a debt to bras and tights – that’s the best thing I learnt at this year’s Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. Continue reading “Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2017 review”