Pots of Garden Tips. Scroll down for individual Growing ideas and tips.
Needing some more dry days in Cornwall this autumn. But, between the showers, it’s possible to get some tidying or clearing up done before it gets too cold. Preparing the garden now will give you a head start in the Spring.
Handy Gardening Tips
While you’re planning your garden, check out these helpful tips to get the most from your crops and reduce aches and pains!
Wouldn’t it be great to avoid the weekly supermarket shopping nightmare from time to time? Think of all the petrol, cash and not least of all, the STRESS!
Your strawberry plants should be fruiting nicely around now.
Keep plants well watered. Because they are shallow rooting plants, strawberries will dry out very quickly in hot weather, and your crop will be affected.
Growing food is as good as printing money – in fact it’s much much better than printing money because there are no printing costs involved and growing food allows you to nourish your body with organic fresh fruit, veg and herbs all year round.
Kale is a real honest-to-goodness superfood. It contains iron, Vitamins K, A and C and is also high in calcium. Well worth growing for use later on in the year, when you want to boost the immune system so you can avoid winter colds and flu.
Gardening By The Moon
Gardening by the moon isn’t a new idea. In fact new ideas tend to have driven out the traditional ways of gardening that have been feeding generations before us.
Growing Cherry Trees
Apart from the beautiful pink blossom, cherry trees also produce the most wonderful fruits in abundance.. And you can grow them in your garden! Here’s how…
Pots of Superfoods
If all the grow your own thing is getting a bit overwhelming, or you don’t have time or the resources to grow all the crops your family needs to survive, opt for the best options and grow your own superfoods!
Beetroot and Health
2000 years ago, the Romans didn’t terrify themselves by Googling their symptoms when feeling icky.
When the soldiers went off to battle, they were given borage, the herb of courage. And when it was time to have some fun, beetroots came to their aide.
For the Love of Flowers
Be nice to yourself and indulge in one of nature’s awesome creations – give yourself a gift of flowers from time to time. I suppose we don’t actually NEED flowers in our daily schedules but since when did us humans stick to what we need?
Let’s Get Growing
“We don’t have to grow EVERYTHING! But growing SOME of your own food involves fresh air, organic nutrition and glorious tastes, so why not give it a go? :-)”
We’re all wising up to the packaging and processing problems with our food supplies these days….
Grow and Eat
Ever since I lived partly off the land when my children were growing up, I’ve never been able to shake the need to grow food. Even, when I’ve had little outdoor space, a tomato plant has always got pride of place!
Organic gardening was the way of the past and hopefully it will be the way of the future, as we learn more about the damage we are causing to our environment.
My Garden Journal
When I first started gardening, it was chaos. I always seemed to forget when I sowed seeds or planted out seedlings, which meant inevitably I missed a crucial element in getting the best from my crops. So, I finally realised it was a good idea to keep notes. 🙂
Where to begin: I guess the first step is to create the interest – if it’s not already there. Find something that will appeal to your child’s nature. You will know whether the idea of: bugs lurking in the cabbages, digging holes, or ….
10 easy steps to Happy Gardening!
Preparation is the best way to get the most out of your garden. These ten easy steps will help you get the most from your garden without the headache.
Many gardening proverbs, quotes and sayings relate to everyday living. I guess it all dates back to when we were obliged to grow our own vegetables or we didn’t eat….now THERE’S a thought!
You don’t always land up with the garden supplies you wanted. A shed full of expensive garden ‘stuff’ that no-one’s ever going to use is easily acquired… The best way to a home-cooked meal is a well-stocked kitchen, and the best way to home-grown crops is a well-stocked shed full of gear you CAN use.
Garden Water Features
Something to consider while planning your outdoor space this year. Creating a water feature in your own space is both exhilarating and calming….. and excellent feng shui!
Quite a few years ago I ran a very popular gardening website – I even had an email list!
For various reasons, I had to give it up, but my passion for plants and all things gardening never went away so, drum roll please, I’m doing it once more 🙂
Over the past few weeks I’ve been on a couple of Forest Garden tours run by Martin Crawford of the Agroforestry Research Trust – Honestly, this man knows his stuff! …
Indoor hydroponic gardening, or hydroponics as it’s commonly known, has had a bad press over the past few years, due to illegal plants being grown away from watchful eyes and extending the growing season indefinitely. So let’s lay the bad press to rest and find out what all the fuss is really about…..
Bees and Flowers
Bees are at risk at the moment and we really need to encourage these wonderful creatures to our gardens and parks. One of the problems with bees is that some humans get really freaked out by them because they have a sting. But…
These beautiful clematis flowers bloomed after just a couple of days of Cornish sunshine. I couldn’t remember what they were called – and I call myself a gardener, tut tut!
Gardening For Health
In the past few months I’ve been kind of ‘on the road’ but settling nicely into my new house and thought it was about time I started blogging again! Maybe I’ll write about my exploits another day but for now, having my own garden reminded me of all the wonderful health benefits of gardening 🙂
The most important step to having a healthy body is to eat healthy food. What better way than to grow your own diet in a pot.
Creating Butterfly Gardens
Butterfly gardens are featuring more and more in regular backyard gardens. Growing beautiful flowers to attract butterflies is an added bonus. Scroll down the page to see what I mean!
40 Million Years of Flowers
Did you know that sunflowers have been around for 40 million years? (humans are only about 100,000 years old) Reasons to grow a few this year:
Ten Tips for Top Crops
Growing your own food is one of the most satisfying and nourishing hobbies you could undertake. But if you’ve never done it, these ten top tips could help you get the most from your crops..
Gardening in August
At this time of year, there should be tons of crops available. Remember to pick them, oh, and eat them of course. If you have too many, give them away or swap with other growers, or if possible freeze a few for later in the year.
Make your garden plans before you dig your holes! “If you fail to prepare you prepare to fail”….
..well, ye-es, BUT sometimes we go overboard with our planning and when it comes to the garden, we can let nature take it’s course sometimes, if we ‘keep an eye on it’ 🙂
The Natural Garden
Be at one with nature…A natural garden encourages birds, bees and butterflies – and frogs, toads and lizards to a friendly environment. Letting a garden go back to nature doesn’t always achieve this result. Sometimes nature needs a little help…..
There’s really nothing like the taste of a home-grown tomato and if you’re growing some this year, give your plants the best chance of producing perfect tomatoes. Here are a few solutions to some common problems.
Growing wildflowers at home is becoming more and more popular while we encourage wildlife to our gardens. Wildflowers are perfect to use for all sorts of things.
Growing gourds is a fun project from start to finish! Ask around to see if anyone’s been saving their seeds. Often when we save seeds, we land up with hundreds so you may find someone willing to share their supply….
Growing nuts in your garden provides the family with good fats and loads of nourishing vitamins and minerals. However, it isn’t always wise to grow huge trees near the house so a solution is at hand! Nature usually provides for our needs and hazels are perfect for an average sized garden.
Growing Apples and Pears
I’ve been having a bit of a tec-detox recently but now it’s that time again – Spring just around the corner bringing with it some blue skies and sunshine we hope.
Lettuce seedlings are best re-potted as they gain a lot of strength in their early stages of growth and you want to plant out tiny lettuces rather than seedlings with only one or two leaves.
Because raspberries are a soft fruit, they don’t travel well and are therefore often expensive to buy – A good reason to grow this delicious and healthy fruit at home.
Apples and Pears
There are thousands of different cultivars of apple and pears. Generally the best ones to grow at home are those already growing in your region. It’s sometimes worth trying something special but best do the research first so you know how to care for your tree before you start.
Ten Edible flowers
There are hundreds of edible flowers you can grow in your garden. However, you must be 110% sure they’re edible before you eat them!
Growing mushrooms at home is very do-able, with the right growing conditions, to produce a bumper crop. Fungi are just as nutritious as vegetables and don’t have to be treated as a luxury crop.
Growing Aloe Vera
The essential kitchen windowsill plant. Aloe vera gel (inside the leaf casing) is wonderful for soothing minor burns. I couldn’t do without an Aloe Vera in the house! Find out more about the medicinal uses of this magical herb and how to grow it yourself here.. Growing Aloe Vera