Autumn

how to make compost

How to make your own compost

The easiest way to start composting at home is to invest in a compost-maker. Most garden centres will stock two sizes: 220-litres or 330-litres. The golden rule is to buy…

prune roses

How to Prune Roses

To ensure you achieve the healthiest and best-shaped roses, which in turn give you the best flowers, you need to prune roses annually – and this can be carried out…

Snowdrops / aconites / AG garden

Five top winter flowering bulbs

1. Eranthis hyemalis The golden glow of this charming low-growing winter perennial is a heartwarming sight indeed. The flower is set within deep green leaves. The winter aconite will thrive…

living screen fence

How to make a living screen fence

Step 1 – Peg a strip of black membrane, 1ft (30cm) wide and as long as needed, to the ground. Once it’s in place push the edges into the soil…

This is a great way to keep your children entertained during half term or weekends. Take them out for a walk and get them to choose some different shapes and sizes of leaf. Then when you get home place the leaf underneath a piece of paper and scribble over them with a coloured crayon or a pencil.

Top tips for autumn leaves

1) Composting Autumn leaves are great for composting especially tree leaves. Tree leaves are rich in trace minerals as they have drawn in nutrients from the subsoil gained from the…

5 New canes will benefit from a good layer of nutrient-rich mulch. Well-rotted manure or compost are ideal. I’m using the leaf mould made from last year’s autumn leaf fall

How to plant raspberry canes

If you’re after a quick fix, where results outweigh the initial work you put in, follow the steps below for planting raspberry canes in November, for a bumper crops next…

3 Check that the planting hole is deep enough by placing a cane or spade handle across it. The top of the plant compost should just touch the cane . Fill the hole in with soil mixed with compost. Firm in and water well

How to plant border shrubs

We show you how to plant your border shrubs in Autumn in this simple step by step guide. Step 1) Choose your site and dig the soil over with a garden…

How to force bulbs in winter [video]

How to force bulbs in winter [video]

Our Amateur Gardening expert shows you how to force bulbs in winter. The bulb we chose was narcissus, this was chosen due to the amazing scent. The best time of…

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Add topiary to your garden this winter

No matter what time of year, a well-tended topiary shape is guaranteed to catch your attention. Usually created using evergreen plants, these shapes take centre stage during the winter months,…

How to take cactus cuttings [video]

How to take cactus cuttings [video]

If you have a cactus with buds that need removing this simple video shows you how to take cactus cuttings and replant the buds. If your cactus has small baby buds…