Over the next four weeks I'll be posting about the Pollinator area at the Royal Norfolk Show 2018, which I am honoured to be creating (see my previous post for more information). This includes a series of featured posts about some of the very generous local businesses which have donated to the area. The first … Continue reading Royal Norfolk Show – Walnut Tree Garden Nursery
It's been nearly two years since I last posted. A lot has happened since then and we are in a new home with new, smaller garden. Instead of being in suburban London, we're living in rural Norfolk in the Breckland area. We are still lucky enough to be adjacent to a woodland, however the two … Continue reading Back after a little break
Recent study finds consumer biological control lethal to bumble bee Bombus terrestris in laboratory tests For many years, gardeners and horticulturists have been using biological control products as a means to eradicate garden pests such as weevils, carrot root fly, thrips and slugs. Many gardeners, including myself, have used these products as a more natural … Continue reading Is Nemasys harmful to bumble bees?
Here's a quick list of some of the things I have learnt so far from my first year of growing vegetables. Some might be useful to you if you're starting out too. 1. Grow more of the vegetables we actually eat This one seems obvious, and I knew this before we started but it still didn't … Continue reading Ten things I have learnt about growing veg this year
The summer holidays have been here for a few weeks already and it's been quite busy. So busy the garden has become slightly overgrown and neglected. When I went on maternity leave I had envisioned lots of free time to lay in the sun and read books, potter in the garden become a lady of leisure. I was … Continue reading Gathering inspiration
For Pollinator Awareness Week here's a quick guide on ten ways you can help pollinators in your garden whether you rent it or not. 1 - Plant as many different pollinator-friendly flowers as you can Variety is key. The more different flowers you plant, the more likely you will attract a range of different pollinators. … Continue reading 5 Easy Ways to Help Pollinators in your Garden
This week (13th - 19th July) it is 'Pollinator Awareness Week' and a perfect time to discuss the different plants that we can, as gardeners, provide for pollinators in our own little patches of green space. I'd like to to so by looking into some of the different native and non-native plants in my own … Continue reading Choosing Garden Plants for Pollinators; Natives or Non-natives?
Ragwort - Senecio jacobaea is a contentious topic I've noticed recently. When ever a photo is posted for identification on different Facebook groups I am following, the comments show a big divide of opinion and the same myths are often used in arguing for its eradication. For those of you who are unaware of this native plant … Continue reading Ragwort – dispelling the myths
I woke up on Thursday with that giddy 'going on holiday' feeling in my stomach. But I wasn't heading off on a jet plane, instead I was driving down the road to Hampton Court Flower Show with my partner's mother. We arrived without any traffic hassles which was a surprise and after negotiating the pushchair … Continue reading Hampton Court Flower Show 2015