Plant of the Week ~ Crataegus monogyna (Common Hawthorn)

This week we take a look at the first tree in our 'plant of the week' blog - Hawthorn. Read this week's post to discover why this plant is so invaluable to humans and wildlife.

Pruning your stone fruit trees, how, why and when.

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.

Stone fruit pruning at Windmill community gardens on a warm spring day

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

No garden? No problem, why not grow a container garden?

Many people rent properties and cannot always change their garden structure (such as having decked, paved or concreted areas), or you may only have small areas which are paved over. Don't let this stop you from creating a mini wildlife haven on your doorstep this year. Get creative and grow beautiful flowers, shrubs or even … Continue reading No garden? No problem, why not grow a container garden?