This blog is a feed of all our recent gardening articles, tips, ideas, seasonal information, plant profiles, recipes and any other content we consider worth sharing with our customers. Posts will be written by employees and customers as well as 'guest posts' by industry professionals and friends of the business.
Below is a list of our latest blog posts, enjoy!
Author: Jennifer Charlotte Date Posted: 16 March 2018
Microgreens have been an essential highlight of modern kitchens over recent years, but they're far more than a passing trend. This article explains what they are, how to grow them, and why every green-fingered food lover should give them a try.
Author: Jennifer Charlotte Date Posted: 8 March 2018
Growing your own herbs provides a happy meeting between two great pastimes of gardening and cooking. Starting a herb garden opens up a huge range of flavors beyond those you'll find on the supermarket shelves.
Author: Jennifer Charlotte Date Posted: 28 February 2018
Like all modern vegetables, the carrot is ultimately descended from a wild ancestor, which may not resemble today's version very much at all. Although carrots are of course classed as root vegetables, their modern appearance tends to disguise this truth.
Author: John Mauger Date Posted: 1 February 2018
If you have grown zucchinis this summer you will probably have more zucchinis than you know what to do with so here are a couple of interesting recipe ideas you might consider to use up the surplus.
Author: Bill B. Date Posted: 31 January 2018
Drying chillies lets them be kept for months or even years, while also intensifying their heat and flavour as a welcome side effect. Here are three straightforward methods of doing this: air drying, oven drying, and using them to make chilli salt.
Author: Jennifer Charlotte Date Posted: 7 January 2018
One of the oldest natural growing techniques is companion planting, where combinations of plants are grown together, each providing benefits to the others for mutual success. The 'Three Sisters' method is one of the more famous companion planting schemes.
Author: Jennifer Charlotte Date Posted: 6 December 2017
Growing your own chilli from seed can present a challenge to inexperienced gardeners. Here is a complete guide to producing your first bumper crop.
Author: Adam Boddy Date Posted: 1 December 2017
December gardening tips taken from our December 2017 email newsletter.
Author: Jennifer Charlotte Date Posted: 29 November 2017
The fragrant smell of basil is delightful in the garden or the kitchen. This favorite herb is easy to grow and produces abundant leaves that are great for cooking. Following a few simple steps can help you grow delicious, healthy basil.
Author: Jennifer Charlotte Date Posted: 27 November 2017
Mistakes are part of gardening, but learning about the possible snags can save you a lot of trouble. Here's a look at 12 common gardening mistakes, and how to avoid them.
Author: Jennifer Charlotte Date Posted: 3 November 2017
Tomatoes are generally easy to grow but are prone to a number of pests and diseases. The following seven tips about how to grow tomatoes from seeds can help you grow healthy plants loaded with beautiful, luscious tomatoes.
Author: Bill Date Posted: 28 September 2017
Raised garden beds have become extremely popular in recent years, and many gardeners are moving in this direction. There are many upsides to raised garden beds, but there are also some downsides that should be considered before making your final decision.
Author: Bill Date Posted: 21 September 2017
When you first decide you want to grow your own vegetables, the choice of crops on offer is almost overwhelming. Here are five reasons why radishes should be one of the vegetables to make it to your veggie garden shortlist!
Author: Jennifer Charlotte Date Posted: 1 August 2017
Some seeds you plant may require special treatments. In this article we will explain what these treatments are, why they are necessary.
Author: Jennifer Charlotte Date Posted: 17 July 2017
Gardens look much more appealing with some color and life but many people don't know where to start when it comes to flowers. However some flowers are so easy to grow that all you have to do is sow, water and enjoy.
Author: John Mauger Date Posted: 26 June 2017
This article contains a range of homemade recipes/methods for controlling pests and other problems. While they are considered safe, only use them when and as needed as most are not selective and may kill beneficial insects as well.
Author: John Mauger Date Posted: 22 June 2017
Integrated pest management is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, etc.
Author: Gregg Jacobson Date Posted: 4 June 2017
I decided to train the cucumbers up a trellis in order to make space for other vegetables and perhaps to avoid some of the fungus diseases, which are prevalent in a warm, moist climate. Off the ground the vines have good air circulation and little...
Author: Gillian Vance Date Posted: 3 June 2017
'Fruit Salad Alley' is a row of fruit trees I have in pots on the side of our carport. Once every few years, they need to be repotted in order to keep the roots trimmed and healthy. In this article I will walk you through through the process step by step.
Author: Jennifer Charlotte Date Posted: 29 April 2017
Temperature, moisture, light and time! In this article, we'll discuss how to best store your seeds to retain the best possible germination rate to help make your gardening experience a success.