Saturday, April 21, 2018

PLACES TO VISIT, HORTICULTURAL SHOWS, COOL GARDENS

Harrogate Spring Flower Show preview 2018

Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, April 26-29 The Harrogate Spring and Autumn Flower Shows are the highlights of my gardening year, rated the best horticultural events...

FEATURED PLANTS AND FLOWER SEEDS

GARDENING NEWS, PRODUCTS, REVIEWS

ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, COMMENT

Starling nibbling at the coconut

New study: bird feeders can be disease risk

Close contact with other birds can increase disease unless cleaned regularly Many of us feed birds in winter, but a new study has claimed it...
Lovely bee on lavender

Save bees: donate to free seeds campaign

38 Degrees aims to send free pollinator-friendly seeds all over the UK Want to help protect our bees? Well, thanks to a campaign by 38...

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

American kaki fruit and pawpaw Pennsylvania Golden

A taste of the exotic in your garden from Lubera After unusual fruit for your garden? Look no further than these two from Lubera, American...

Tomato choice 2018

All cherries of various colours Like most of us, I'm way behind my usual schedule of sowing, thanks to the terrible weather. The cold, wet and...

11 unusual fruits for adventurous gardeners

Some weird, all wonderful and fruity Plumcot anyone? Here are 11 unusual fruit trees and bushes for the experimental gardener, chosen by guest blogger Caroline...

GARDENING JOBS, TECHNIQUES, MY GARDEN

Californian poppy close up

5 key gardening jobs April 14-20

 Neaten climbers Tie in honeysuckle, clematis and other climbers as new growth starts to sprout. Stake perennials Perennials should be staked early so they can be tied in unobtrusively...
George's first basking session of the year

Has spring sprung at last?

Three weeks behind - garden plants try to make up for lost time Now weeks, not days, behind, my garden seems to be going 'over...
Barley straw bale floating in the pond

Winter 2017/18: gardening casualties

Dead bodies mount up in worst winter for years As Monty Don said in his Gardeners' World column earlier this year, it's wise to take a...

RECIPES AND DEALING WITH GLUTS