Increasing your plants by seed and cuttings

It is time to think about seed collecting and semi ripe cuttings as plants move through summer Read more

Keeping on top of the weeds and crop spacing

Taking advantage of dry conditions to hoe and reduce the weeds saves much work later on. Various mulches, and thoughts on thinning vegetables Read more


A description of this lovely butterfly and its food plants. Read more

Colour for people and bugs

How to achieve year around colour in the garden; communicating with New Zealand flatworms Read more

Juggling space for plants and softwood cuttings

Managing space in polytunnels allocated for tender plants to keep them growing; softwood cuttings is a skill that can give confidence in choosing and increasing the number of plants Read more


Identifying peacocks and a little information on life cycle and foods Read more

Lesser Celandine

A small but invasive wildflower seen in many gardens Read more

Transplanting in a cold spring

Looking after the needs for shelter and watering and the differences for pot-grown and bare-rooted transplants can help the transition Read more


A common creature in our gardens, easy to see Read more

Crop protection and outwitting weeds

Protecting peas and brassicas from numerous pests, and methods for dealing with different weeds effectively Read more

Tortoiseshell butterfly

Look out for a mid-orange butterfly in the garden now Read more

Effects of the recent cold weather

Effects of frost on mature plants and seedlings; update on current work in my veg garden Read more