Butterflies are well known pollinators, fluttering from flower to flower on delicate wings during the warm summer months. Moths on the other hand are largely forgotten and not often thought of as critical pollinators. Instead many see moths as flame obsessed nighttime pests! Yet these beautiful creatures are vital pollinators which have been in decline for … Continue reading Butterfly and moon gardens for moths
Ponds are one of the best ways to create habitat and invite wildlife into your garden, which we explored in previous weeks with "Wildlife ponds in your garden" and "Plants for your Wildlife pond". To show you how a pond can enhance your garden we will be following Dawn's garden as it receives a wildlife … Continue reading Invite wildlife into your garden with a delightful new pond
Hedgehogs are an iconic part of this country's wildlife, but how many people have regular hedgehogs visiting their gardens? We can help this severely threatened species by making a few changes in our gardens. What can we do to help hedgehogs? 1. Get together with your community and create a hedgehog highway. Simply cut CD … Continue reading It’s national hedgehog week. How can we help this iconic delight of British wildlife?
Pruning trees can be a complex art form, with each species of tree requiring different techniques, methods, environmental conditions and times of the year. Today we will be looking at when to prune stone fruit trees such as cherry trees, along with some problems which can occur as a result of pruning at the wrong time of … Continue reading Pruning your stone fruit trees, how, why and when.
One should never give up the opportunity to learn and even experts still have much to learn. This weekend we got the chance to attend a stone fruit pruning workshop at the Windmill community gardens in Nottingham. Lead by Marc Richmond, an RHS expert in pruning who works on over 900 apple trees per year, and hosted … Continue reading Stone fruit pruning at Windmill community gardens on a warm spring day
Soil, mud, dirt is truly a fascinating subject which can be very complex, yet is often overlooked as a dry, boring and simple topic, but without the complex relationships, chemistry, types and structures of soil we would not have the myriad of flora which graces the variety of habitats on earth. Sand Silt Clay Loam * Water retention … Continue reading Know your soil, types, structure and condition
How safe is newspaper to use in your garden, especially when growing edible crops? This has been an ongoing debate for many years, with many arguments both for and against using newspaper in your garden. Inks used in newspaper used to contain large quantities of heavy metals such as lead along with other toxic chemicals such … Continue reading Is newspaper safe to use in gardens and how to make newspaper seedling pots!
Stop, don't panic! No need to tear out your hair over heavy clay soil, which is often seen as the gardeners bane! Clay soil doesn't have to be a nightmare requiring huge amounts of soil improvements, instead we can create some wonderful gardens by working with the soil types we have, observing and working with … Continue reading Heavy clay soil? Do not pull your hair out look at these clay loving plants!
Previously we covered the basics of wildlife ponds and their importance in gardens. To expand on our pond series we will be looking at native UK water plants which can be perfect for your pond. Choosing water plants can be tricky, but makes all the difference to water levels, oxygen levels, nutrient balance, soil erosion and managing … Continue reading Plants for your wildlife pond
Roses belong to the genus Rosa, which includes over 150 species with fossil records placing many roses species over 35 million years old, but it was not until late in the 18th century that cultivated roses were introduced into Europe. So many species/cultivars of roses have been created in the last few hundred years, with traits such as double … Continue reading Working with and knowing your roses