Soil preparation for planting out
June is all about new season's roses arriving in store. Most flower gardeners consider it unthinkable to create a garden without roses as they can easily lift your garden out of the ordinary. Simply by situating them so...
Last chance to plant out spring bulbs
With the hustle and bustle of summer is over the great autumn clean-up should be in full swing as autumn breezes flurry fallen leaves into little damp heaps and bedraggled plants are in need of a good tidy up. Tidying up the garden is a great way to start composting too!
Learn the best way to get the most life from your bulbs
Celebrating the end of winter, vibrant spring flowering bulbs give maximum effect for minimum effort.
There is no limit to the number of bulbs that can be planted to give late winter and early spring colour and, with a bit of careful planning, there could be bulbs flowering in your garden right through to late summer.
Clean up, hedging, bulbs, and veggies
April is about planting spring bulbs and the sooner daffodils are planted, the better they will perform. There are always a few places where a few more bulbs can be planted such as scatter plantings of bluebells and crocuses under deciduous trees, little dwarf tulips and irises tucked into rock gardens or fritillaria and dogs tooth violet enjoying some shady spots.
Easily grown outdoors throughout the season or in the glasshouse, these nutritious greens are a great addition to salads and sandwiches and are full of antioxidants for your better health.
How to grow
There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh vegetables straight from the garden. Add to this the satisfaction and sense of achievement, the savings, the knowledge that your vegetables are free of pesticides and you have some very powerful reasons for growing your own vegetables.
Things to consider before you commit
Owning a pet is a long-term commitment with the average life span being around 12 years. Some dogs and cats can even live until 15 or even 20 years of age. Check this guide to see if your as prepared as you need to be...
Introducing your new cat to your family dog
Despite popular belief that cats and dogs are sworn enemies, if introduced correctly they can actually be great friends. This takes time however, and extreme caution as dogs generally just want to play and chase cats, while cats misinterpret and get defensive and afraid.
How to help your cat settle in
Deciding to bring a cat or kitten into your family is always an exciting prospect but, first, there's a few things that need taking care of before your latest family addition gets introduced to your home and the other family members.
Whether you're a green-thumb or not, success with plants is relatively easy to acheive provided a few basic steps are followed - especially in planting season. For best results, allowing a little extra time and money at planting time will eventually pay off.
Some ordinary everyday foods are toxic to our furry friends
There are a number of foods that you MUST avoid if you want to reduce potential nutritional and physiological problems with your pets. As a pet owner, its likely you have the customary animal food in your cupboards like a bag of bird pellets or seed for your feathered friends, dog biscuits for dogs or cat biscuits for cats. You'll hopefully also have....
Plant bulbs now for early Spring blooms
Autumn is the best time for planting out bulbs for a delightful Spring blooming show. While planting bulbs in April and May is great for successive blooming, getting stuck-in with your early bloomers in March means flowers are ready to show themselves right at the beginning of Spring - just when we all need a lift from the dreariness of winter.