Monthly Archive: May 2016

Growing Mushrooms

Growing Mushrooms

Mushrooms are typically grown indoors and not in the garden quite often using mushroom growing kits. It is however possible to grow mushrooms with your own set up in your own area.

First you need to pick a mushroom to grow, popular choices being shiitake, oyster and white button. First you will need to buy spore or spawn of your chosen mushroom from a reputable …

Garden Gazebos

Garden gazebos are tent like garden features that can be constructed of wood, rattan, metal and plastic. You can buy them from garden centres, hardware stores, online stores and they come in various sizes, styles and materials.

Gazebo is a flippant translation from the Latin ‘I will gaze’ and is used to describe a building or structure from which one may enjoy a view over the …

Growing Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes

Growing tomatoes from seed is easy and there is a huge range of varieties out there to choose from which can be grown indoors and outdoors, in containers and hanging baskets. Their only real requirements are heat, sun, food and water to produce sweet and juicy fruits.

When sowing seeds start by filling pots with compost and water then scatter seeds thinly and cover with …

Growing Strawberries

Growing Strawberries

As well as being easy to maintain strawberries take up hardly any room, produce beautiful flowers and of course give us delicious fruit to enjoy. They can be grown in a wide variety of soils from light sand to heavy clay and can be planted outdoors from late June to September.

Strawberry plants can produce fruit for five to six years although the amount of …

Plants to attract butterflies

4 Plants to attract butterflies to your garden

Here are five of the best types of plants that will attract butterflies to your garden.

Butterfly Bush (Buddleja  Davidii)

The butterfly bush is by far the most popular shrub to attract butterflies to your garden and will often be covered in butterflies and moths all summer long.  This is an easy to care for shrub and requires little maintenance …

Plants to attract Moths

Plants to attract Moths

Moths tend to be overlooked when you think about garden wildlife with butterflies, bees and other insects topping the list. As the moth numbers decrease it has a negative affect not only on their species but also on the plants that they normally pollinate and the animals that rely on them as food.

Important to increase the moth numbers

By choosing certain flowers you …

Growing Extra Tall Sunflowers

GROWING EXTRA TALL SUNFLOWERS

When it comes to sunflowers everyone wants to grow the tallest they possibly can, it has become a fascination for some gardeners. Extra tall varieties include the mammoth American giant hybrid and the skyscraper. The world record for the tallest sunflower is 25ft 5 ½ inches and the largest flower head 32 ¼ inches diameter. The most flowers recorded on a single …

Plants to attract caterpillars

Plants to attract caterpillars

Creating a garden that is centred on attracting wildlife is not only rewarding but it also creates a really nice environment to be in. Naturally creating a garden that attracts butterflies and moths will result in them laying their eggs and in turn helping maintain and grow the next generation.

Its important that you grow the plants that caterpillars feed on in order …

Growing Fennel

Growing Fennel

Fennel has been used for thousands of years as both medicine and flavourings, however these days it’s widely used by chefs all around the world for its superb flavouring.

Planting Fennel

Fennel will grow well almost all gardens but it’s important that you plant it in a location that gets plenty of sunshine. If planting in beds with other plants its recommended that you plant it …