Plant of the Week – Camellias

By Caitlin Bellamy | February 10, 2021

Plant of the Week Camellias These flashy evergreen shrubs are quite the showstopper and by incorporating different varieties in your garden you can have flowers nearly all year round. Best planted in autumn and spring, Camellia sasanqua is renowned for their late autumn and winter flowers. They have an array of different flower forms but…

Activity of the Week – Start a Compost Heap

By Caitlin Bellamy | February 10, 2021

Activity of the Week Start a Compost Heap Compost heaps are great for the environment, they are a great way to recycle your green waste and cuttings. After time, you’ll be rewarded with soil conditioner for garden so it’s also a great way to save money on your compost bill. You can compost all year…

Sow Your Own – Broad Beans

By Caitlin Bellamy | February 5, 2021

Sow Your Own Broad Beans Broad beans are great to sow in February, they can be sown directly into the soil in a well-drained site, with plenty of good compost and well-rotted manure. Sow your seeds around 3 inches deep and around 6 inches apart. If you’re sowing in open ground keep the rows around…

Job of the Week – Check your support systems

By Caitlin Bellamy | February 4, 2021

Job of the Week Check your support systems As we are now into February and spring is fast approaching, make sure that your plants and vegetables have all the support they need. If you are growing items like tomatoes, runner beans or any climbing plant make sure that you have all the correct support systems…

Plant of the Week – Daffodils

By Caitlin Bellamy | February 2, 2021

Plant of the Week Daffodils You may have seen your supermarkets filling up with these simple, yet beautiful blooms. It’s that time of year where the weather begins to warm up, and Daffodils are almost ready to bloom. They are winter hardy flowers and will flower annually if grown correctly. They are low maintenance to…

Activity of the Week – Leaf tracing & rubbing

By Caitlin Bellamy | January 29, 2021

Activity of the Week Leaf tracing & rubbing In 2020, many of us embraced going for long walks, and the start of 2021 is no different. So, why not enjoy some family time outdoors and bring it indoors? Leaf tracing is a great way to get out and get some much-needed fresh air, with a…

Sow Your Own – Tomatoes

By Caitlin Bellamy | January 29, 2021

Sow Your Own Tomatoes An all-time favourite to grow, it’s time to sow your tomatoes. Now, there are two types of tomato plants, bush varieties which don’t require staking or support and can be grow in hanging baskets, or cordon varieties which grow tall. Cordon varieties do require support, either a bamboo stick in the…

Job of the Week – Order your Seeds

By Caitlin Bellamy | January 28, 2021

Job of the Week Order your Seeds The first activity of the week was to draw up the plans for your vegetable garden or allotment and get an idea for where you wanted to grow. So, now it’s time to put that into action. If you’ve decided what you want to grow, it’s the perfect…

Plant of the Week – Wintersweet

By Caitlin Bellamy | January 26, 2021

Plant of the Week Wintersweet Wintersweet also known as Chimonathus praecox is a species of plant from China. This flowering shrub produces a spicy scented flower from December through to March. It has yellow bell-shaped flowers that have blood-red staining. They flower in clusters along the branch and have the potential to reach up to…

Activity of the Week – Grow a Microgreen Garden

By Caitlin Bellamy | January 22, 2021

Activity of the Week Grow a Microgreen Garden Growing Microgreens on your windowsill is a great way to get some homegrown ingredients into your dishes. In around 7 days you can have a full crop of microgreens to harvest. Things like radish, spinach and basil can be fresh on your plate within the week. Radish…