Suttons Bulb and Kitchen Garden Catalogues 2017

Hottest new plants for next spring

Gardening is all about thinking what comes next and Suttons new Bulb and Kitchen Garden catalogues will brighten up next spring and give you inspiration for 2018’s harvest.

The Bulb Catalogue includes winter bedding plants, perennials, and shrubs, not just spring bulbs.

Cover star – and one of the best-looking flowers I’ve seen in a long time – is Ranunculus Clementine, with amazing orange blooms and vivid green centres. Continue reading “Suttons Bulb and Kitchen Garden Catalogues 2017”

Citrus plants: a complete growing guide

Lubera’s top tips for oranges, lemons, limes, kumquats and more

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Step-by-step instructions for growing citrus fruits – a red lemon. Picture; Lubera

Citrus fruits are among the most popular fruit to eat, yet many gardeners shy away from growing them, fearing the plants to be difficult to grow.

Like most things, once you know how, they’re easy – here are some excellent cultivation tips from Swiss fruit experts Lubera.

The citrus harvest focuses on the winter months – mandarins, clementines as well as fresh oranges but the main varieties of oranges and lemons are available Continue reading “Citrus plants: a complete growing guide”

Strawberries: late summer planting

Order strawberries now to plant next month

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Plan ahead now for next year’s strawberries. Picture; Lubera

August is the ideal month to plant strawberries, as they’ll establish well in warm, dry soil.

So what are the best varieties for you? Swiss fruit specialist Lubera is always a good port of call for something a bit different.

By crossing old varieties with modern ones, they’ve achieved the best of both worlds – large fruits with a good balance of sugar and acidity, and a strong perfume. Continue reading “Strawberries: late summer planting”

Gardeners’ World Live: Lubera fruit

Unusual fruit displayed by The Potting Shed Stage

Fruit on display by The Potting Shed Stage at Gardeners’ World Live. Picture; Lubera

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Gardeners’ World, fruit specialist Lubera has been exhibiting a selection of its plants.

If you’re at the show, you’ll find the Swiss fruit experts next to The Potting Shed Stage at Gardeners’ World Live.

The show runs until June 18 but you can order the plants online.

Here are four of the chosen plants the crowds particularly enjoyed: Continue reading “Gardeners’ World Live: Lubera fruit”

Win The Jam Maker’s Garden book

new gardening cookbook review and competition

The Jam Maker's Garden
The Jam Maker’s Garden by Holly Farrell

Ever grown a crop of fruit or veg and it’s done so well you end up with a glut and haven’t got a clue how to use or preserve it?

Well, this new book, The Jam Maker’s Garden – Grow Your Own Seasonal Preserves could be the answer – and you can win one in this week’s competition.

Written by Holly Farrell with pictures by Jason Ingram and published by Frances Lincoln, this is NOT a book to keep on the shelf – you’ll need it to hand in the kitchen when you bring your crops indoors and decide what to do with them.

As well as a useful beginners’ section on what equipment you’ll need to make jams, jellies, chutneys, ketchup, curds, etc, the Continue reading “Win The Jam Maker’s Garden book”

Top tips for growing citrus fruit

Lubera shares the secrets of successful citrus fruiting and overwintering

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Not the easiest of fruits to grow but here are some vital tips. Picture; Lubera

The care and harvesting success of citrus plants stands and falls with the overwintering of them. Anyone who has visited an original orangery knows that the winter conditions are cool and bright.

Swiss fruit expert Lubera has shared these hints and tips to help you grow the perfect limes, lemons, and oranges.

The winter temperature needs to be between 5°C and 10°C, so that the plants go “dormant” period. Under Continue reading “Top tips for growing citrus fruit”