Thanks, I suspect, to the wet winter and warm spring, it has been a bountiful year for tree fruit. Our young trees have surpassed themselves this year, endangering their boughs…

The National Allotment Society supports your right to have an allotment - so why don't you support the society?

Happy anniversary! For the past 18 years allotmenteers have been celebrating National Allotments Week, organised by the National Allotment Society (NAS). National Allotments Week started in 2002 as a way…

Black Beauties Main

Best Black Flowers There’s something alluring about dark plants. Flowers that smoulder in shades of midnight navy, damson black and velvet crimson; sultry black and maroon foliage – woven in…

Garry Coward-Williams, editor My fiancée Gill and I have lived at our house four years and we have worked hard to develop our garden from an overgrown disaster area into…

It’s time to get potatoes in the ground, so I went to the allotment yesterday and planted three rows. My allotment neighbour and mentor, Ray, who has had an allotment…

Keep Your Citrus In Shape

Keep Your Citrus In Shape   If you are growing citrus trees in pots they will have loved the Mediterranean-levels of heat and sunshine we experienced for most of this…

Amateur Gardening 25 May 2019 for web

Amateur Gardening 25 May 2019 Free ‘wildlife-attracting annuals’ seeds worth £3.05 PLUS   Jobs for this week Plant up herbs and bank holiday jobs Ruth’s plans for her three-day weekend…

What to do with roses in March

March is traditionally the time when gardeners prepare their rose bushes for this summer’s flowers. You should have already cut them back by a third in autumn, but if you…

Preparing your soil for sowing

The secrets to successful growing are healthy, nutrient-rich soil and crop rotation, so this week I have been preparing and warming my soil and thinking about what crops to grow…