My Journal

My top low-maintenance gardening hacks

My top low-maintenance gardening hacks

There's no denying that maintaining a garden is a commitment if you want it to look great. However, there are lots of ways to manage your garden that will keep things simple and no-fuss, leaving you all the more time to sit back and enjoy your surroundings. In this...

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Eco-friendly pest control for your garden

Eco-friendly pest control for your garden

There's nothing more frustrating to the committed gardener than seeing a prized shrub munched by bugs, or tender new seedlings being leeched by aphids. Keeping on top of pests is key to a successful garden, but I prefer to take a green, eco-friendly approach to pest...

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My favourite tropical garden plants

My favourite tropical garden plants

One of my most commonly-asked questions is about great tropical garden plants to bring drama and colour to clients' gardens. Though there's a lot to be said for a classic English country garden planting scheme, I'm a big fan of using bold tropical plants in the garden...

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Pet safe plants for your garden

Pet safe plants for your garden

As a passionate gardener as well as an avid dog lover, I'm always keen to make sure I use pet-safe plants in my own garden and my clients' too. I'm well aware of the mischief our pets can get up to when unsupervised - most of the time it's (hopefully) relatively...

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My favourite flowers for summer colour

My favourite flowers for summer colour

As we near the summer months each year, I start to plan what my summer garden will look like and get excited about choosing new and colourful plants for my scheme. However, year after year there are some wonderful 'old faithful' flowers that return again and again to...

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Design tips for small gardens

Design tips for small gardens

During my time as a professional gardener, I've had the privilege of visiting a huge range of gardens to offer design insight. Whether it's a sprawling country garden or a modest yard space, my favourite gardens to work on are the ones that truly reflect their owners....

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A beginner’s guide to growing vegetables

A beginner’s guide to growing vegetables

Springtime is a great time of year to start planning to make changes in your garden. If you'd like this year to be the year you start growing vegetables, then read on - in this article I'll take you through some top tips for starting to grow your own produce. The good...

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A guide to making compost at home

A guide to making compost at home

Good compost is the not-so-secret weapon in any keen gardener's arsenal. If you're wanting to grow really top-tier fruit, veg, flowers and plants then nutrient-packed compost is your best friend. In fact, so precious is compost that many gardeners refer to it as...

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Five jobs to get your garden ready for spring

Five jobs to get your garden ready for spring

As winter starts to reach its end, hints of spring are in the garden, and I start to have a real boost of appreciation for the world around me. The days are getting longer - imperceptibly, but it's happening! - buds are peeping out of branches. Brave snowdrops and...

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Seasonal recipe: jerusalem artichoke soup

Seasonal recipe: jerusalem artichoke soup

A Jerusalem artichoke is a funny thing that isn't actually at all what you'd expect it to be. Don't let the name deceive you - though it's similar in flavour to artichoke, this gnarled but tasty tuber is actually more closely related to the sunflower. It's not from...

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