Ruth Hayes

Ruth Hayes

Prepare the compost using three parts multi-purpose compost with one part horticultural grit. For longer-term displays swap multi-purpose compost with John Innes No 2, as I have done here Fill…

    Composting: The composting process will slow down as the days get colder, but keep digging over your compost heap and adding green and brown garden waste, fruit and…

Christine Walken

Since going to press with the story about Christine Walkden’s new series Glorious Gardens from Above (Amateur Gardening, 4 October), the BBC have moved its transmission date from October 6…

Autumn Lawn Care

HOT, DRY summers like the one many of us have experienced this year leave lawns looking far from their best. Frazzled, brown grass, bare patches, and a flourishing of moss…

Tip 1. Reduce the amount of water you give your houseplants until the compost is almost dry between waterings. Also stop feeding unless the plant is growing or flowering.  …

SUMMER IS a busy time for ponds; aquatic plants will have been growing rampantly and water creatures will have been multiplying too. After a summer of aquatic activity and growth,…