Explaining a little about fertilisers; What N:P:K means; the benefits of Organic Matter, mulches & green manure – and making your own compost & manure brews. Some steps towards Organic Gardening

I had quite a few ideas about gardening that I believed wholeheartedly but quite without foundation - that is before I started my formal horticultural training. One of these truths was that there was no such thing as the over-use of fertilisers. A little more would surely provide extra benefit. Well, no, it turned out.…

Pieris ‘Forest Flame’ AGM with a few words from Graham Stuart Thomas

Pieris 'Forest Flame' AGM This plant is in my tiny front garden. It is not in ericaceous (lime-free) compost and in the summer months, is shaded by a street-planted weeping Birch tree, though now it benefits from a clear canopy and a south-easterly aspect (as it does in this last regard, all year round). In…

Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy – and Bluebell

The Isabella Plantation is an ornamental woodland garden within Richmond Park and it is ablaze with colour at the moment with rhododendrons, azaleas and bluebells at their very best.Pink and orange, red and white, yellow and blue, yellow and orange, orange and blue, purple and red - hot clashes and cool combinations. Probably the best…