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GARDENING NEWS


The Wonderful World of Worms

Often overlooked, these small slimy creatures are hugely important, playing a major role in helping improve our soils.




Strawberries

With winter fast approaching, strawberry planting is in the back of every gardener's mind! Growing strawberries is relatively easy. The plants themselves are incredibly hardy. But unless the plants are kept happy and healthy they are unlikely to be productive. So to make things easier, here are some useful tips on how to grow large, healthy and juicy strawberries.




April Fruit of the Month: Kiwiapples

Tasty, delicious and conveniently small. Whether you have a small space, want to grow in pots or would just like to keep the height down to make harvesting easier one of the trees in this range could be for you!




April Herb of the Month: Thyme

This delicious herb is widely used to create a host of culinary treats, and it also has an exciting past. Once associated with bravery, thyme was regularly carried into battle by Roman soldiers and then, later on, by medieval knights. In the medieval period it was also used as a supposed antidote to poison and even to ward off the plague.




Feijoa and Chocolate chip muffin

Makes 12 small or 6 large muffins As feijoas become plentiful, ensure they don’t go to waste by cooking some of these delicious, tasty muffin treats. They're best eaten still hot from the oven, helping warm you up as autumn fully descends.




Autumn Colour

As the nights start to lengthen, make sure that you enjoy the last of the warm weather and celebrate the glorious colours of autumn. And along with the traditional autumnal shades of browns, reds and bronzes, that appear dotted across the landscape, is the potential to add some bright bursts of colour to your autumn and winter garden by planting some of these stunning plants.




Hedges: Grow your Own Privacy

Whether you just find them pleasing to look at, or you want a bit more privacy from those nosey neighbours, hedges can be a great addition to your garden.

 

And unlike many dubious investment portfolios, funds invested into hedges are rarely squandered. In fact, provided you take care of them you'll find that they steadily grow without too much intervention, and they'll even benefit when you start to trim a bit of the edges.




A Quick Guide to Autumn Veggie Planting

 

Autumn is in the air, but winter is coming. So to ensure you get the most out of your veggie garden this season, we've made a list of some of our favourite veggies to plant this season, and some tips that should get you going.

 




Breathe life into your living space

Breath new life into your living space and add a touch of x-factor, indoor plants are a great way to freshen up a room, helping make the space seem softer and more inviting. And in many cases it's even good for you! Various studies have looked at the benefits of houseplants, which can include filtering toxins from the air, increasing your sense of wellbeing and when in an offoce environement a study has shown that they can even improve your productivty. 




Lawn Growing

As ever the year races on, with summer ending so quickly that I was left wondering if it ever came at all. But on the brightside it is once again the perfect time to sort your lawn out. And while you also have another window for lawn sowing in spring, I'd definitely recommend getting started resowing or patching your lawn now, otherwise you'll blink and the year will have moved on. 



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