Autumn/Winter Gardening Projects: making leaf mould

Autumn is the perfect time of year to collect leaves in a bin liner to make leaf mould. Where I live all the streets are already a complete leaf carpet of canary yellows, firebrand oranges and terracotta reds. Why make leaf mould? Leaf mould doesn’t provide as many plant nutrients as garden compost but it…

Sweet peas growing through winter? How???

These beautiful sweet peas are already flowering in my garden from self seeded plants, which have been growing all through winter. If you grow sweet peas you must vigilantly remove dead flowers to stop them going to seed and keep your plant flowering – by doing this I have flowers May to September. But at…

Pricking out: a simple step-by-step (video)

Pricking out: transplanting seedlings from seed trays to small pots (or cellular seed trays) for growing on. In this simple step-by-step you will need your tray of seedlings, small pots filled with well-watered compost, a teaspoon and a pencil.

Planting primrose and daffodils

Primrose plants and daffodils provide wonderful late winter and spring colour in the garden. Try this project in February.

Gardening blog… working in the winter kitchen garden

Don’t let your kitchen garden go into lock-down over the winter months. There is a surprising number of vegetables you can be harvesting right now. Here’s how to plan your gardening year to include them in future. If you are anything like me, sometimes the change of seasons can catch you a little on the back foot. And…

The Daily Prompt – Tiny

In response to The Daily Prompt – Tiny It might be the size of my finger tip, but the flowers of the Eucomis (pineapple lilies) are perfectly and intricately formed. One of my absolute favourite plants…

Too much beauty, makes my soul ache

Without doubt, the most beautiful flowers in my garden right now are these Hymenocallis festalis or Peruvian daffodils. Be warned, these flowered will mesmerise you…

Make Your Own Tomato Feed

It costs nothing at all, it’s easy and takes very little effort. Why not start making your own tomato feed at home? All you need is a comfrey plant in your garden, which will grow back year after year. Left to soak in water, the leaves of a comfrey create an organic potassium-rich feed. In…