The sap flow in plants is decreasing rapidly and most plants are growing slowly. Luckily the 21 of June is already the winter solstice, with the shortest day and longest night of the year. After that the season starts turning back towards summer, spring approaches and sap flow increases. So if you are wondering what […]
Late spring and early summer is when plant growth is most rapid and vigorous, which is why many hedges and topiaries require regular pruning at this time of year to maintain shape and form. The golden rule is to always cut off as little growth as possible with each successive shearing. This ensures dense, healthy […]
Getting fit and healthy can be an expensive affair if you consider the cost of gym membership – sweaty and dreary institutions with hectic peak times and busy parking arcades, communal bathrooms, tyrannical personal trainers who resemble The Hulk, and watertight contracts that can tie you down for ages. Another point to consider is that […]
Winter is generally a relatively quiet time in the garden. It offers moments for reflection about the forthcoming spring, wondering when the rains will fall, or maybe when they will cease if you live in the winter rainfall region.
Guanosol: suitable for use in pot plants and for trees and shrubs in the garden and so easy to use: Just pop in a pill
It isn’t difficult to create your own topiary and it’s a lot cheaper than purchasing one of the much admired ready-made varieties.
Gardeners are often uncertain about the difference between compost and mulch. Compost is what remains once plant and vegetable matter has decomposed; and it is used mostly in the preparation of garden beds to improve the structure of the soil.
There are no hard and fast rules about fertilising, but a productive food garden often needs less fertiliser than you may think.
Once one is equipped with sufficient knowledge it is easier to make choices from the wide variety of excellent garden care products available. Organising this knowledge into a basic framework makes it simple and easy to use.
How to analyse your soil Soil is special. It is far more complex than simply the dusty stuff we try to keep the children out of, wipe off our shoes, try to keep out of our homes and hide beneath lawns, paving and shrubs. It is not a sterile, stagnant medium but a wonderful […]