Neonicotinoids (neonics) are mostly commonly used in farming where they are applied as seed coatings for crops such as oilseed rape. Many studies have linked these chemicals to the decline in our pollinator population. In horticulture neonics can be found in pesticides and insecticides that are used to keep the plants free from attack and disease. [...]
Being passionate about plants that’s the hardest question for us to answer. Lets break it down into three sections; plants, herbs and cut flowers. John says Achillea millefolium Summer Wine is just divine. Any achillea will work hard in the garden, the deep wine colour of this variety will pop in any garden. Origanum Country Cream [...]
In all cases no matter the pest there is way to deal with the problem and not reach for the chemicals. With most pests you can introduce a biological control, in other words adding something to feed on the pest that will not have an adverse effect on the garden. Every year we buy ladybirds for [...]
Top tip, irrigation. No matter how dedicated life can get in the way at times so make things easy for yourself and invest in an irrigation set for your garden. If plants are watered at the same time each day they will always look better than those watered irregularly.
Yes, all plants will thank you for a feed even if it just a yearly mulch. Depending on the plants will depend on the feed they will need. Try to only use an organic feed such as liquid seaweed or alpaca fertiliser which is what we use at the nursery. Plant feed is available via the [...]
With most plants dig a much bigger whole than the pot so that you can add some grit or manure into the planting hole. Always ensure that the plant in securely planted so its not rocked in the wind and watch out for air pockets in the planting hole.
Please don’t unless you are doing a wild flower meadow and have the space for it. Wild flowers are amazing but they will take over the garden and smother your other plants. They also tend to grow in ways that make the beds look messy. Think of using more edible plants as ornamental such as herbs [...]
Sadly a lot of the bulbs available now are so mass produced that they are designed to only last one year (although not sold that way). Avoid spending lots on tulips and hyacinths and instead go for daffodils, muscari and alliums and they will give you years of pleasure. Also make sure you add lots of [...]
Mint must be containerised otherwise it with take over any area it is planted with and you will eventually loose the other plants. Mint is quite happy in pots but don’t plant more than once type of mint in the same pot otherwise the flavours will muddle.
Herbs are easy to grow and rewarding as you can eat them! Evergreen shrubs are also a good place to start and if you are starting a garden from scratch you would want to plant your evergreens first.