On test: Lawn seed and fertiliser spreaders

Distributing lawn seed for a new lawn, or to thicken up your existing grass, can be a haphazard business if it’s broadcast by hand. The same applies to lawn feed,…

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…

How to dig in autumn’s green manures

I sowed a batch of green manure in the autumn to help replenish the soil in our raised beds after their contents – onions, shallots, broad beans – had been…

Planted front gardens are disappearing

Just 10 per cent of people quizzed by the Royal Horticultural Society said they would be interested in growing plants in their front gardens. Most said the space was needed…

Companion planting - a good lesson for children

Companion planting shows how plants can work together to do a good job, demonstrating how valuable teamwork can be. The children planted nasturtiums with runner beans to lure aphids away…