Our Blog

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.