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Raspberry surprise – a little bit of help in the garden

Raspberry surprise – a little bit of help in the garden

Raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’ ™ is a dwarf variety that is claimed to grow to just 120cm (36”) – the perfect size for a patio pot, or a sunny place in… Read more »

Is it ripe yet?

Is it ripe yet?

Growing your own crops is so satisfying, not forgetting about all the health benefits of eating fresh vegetables too. We spend a lot of time caring for our crops, protecting… Read more »

Raspberry surprise!

Raspberry surprise!

I’m very pleased with this pair of Raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’™ plants that found their way to my desk today.  I wasn’t expecting them so it was a lovely surprise! This… Read more »

The war against weeds – part 2

The war against weeds – part 2

Perennial weeds are far trickier to deal with than annual weeds. They die back in winter each year before re-emerging the following spring so you need to kill the root… Read more »

The war against weeds – Part 1

The war against weeds – Part 1

There is one thing that unites us as gardeners – our dislike of weeds! Competing with our carefully tended plants for light, space, water and nutrients, and often more vigorous… Read more »

Evergreen Shrubs

Evergreen Shrubs

Evergreen shrubs form the backbone of the garden. They provide structure and colour even in the depths of winter when other plants are dormant and bare. Evergreens offer more than… Read more »

Gardening with children

Gardening with children

Gardening with children From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow. Aeschylus. Working in horticulture brings with it a certain responsibility – that of everyone else’s gardens! Friends, family,… Read more »

Sue’s (Very Unscientific) Potato Trials

Sue’s (Very Unscientific) Potato Trials

Sue’s (Very Unscientific) Potato Trials Harvesting potatoes is my second favourite garden task, beaten only by lifting parsnips! You can feel your excitement building as you lift each tuber from… Read more »