Monthly Archives: May 2015
Visiting one of the famous English gardens is probably a highlight for any keen gardener travelling around the UK. Many of these gardens are influenced by the 18th and 19th century botanical collectors, horticulturalists, and landscape artists, but interest in gardens today crosses all social boundaries and ages. Fortunately, England has a number of beautiful gardens; many offering something for people to see throughout the entire year. Here is a list of a few must-see spring gardens in the UK:
The large and diverse collection of plants at The Royal Horticultural Society's flagship Wisley ga
If you're considering investing in a greenhouse and taking your grow-your-own gardening to the next level, you want to know the best crops to choose for gardening success. Professional gardener, Phil McCann offers up his favourite greenhouse goodies:
A greenhouse is invaluable if you want to grow crops for longer periods of the year. It’s fair to say that most greenhouse crops will actually grow outdoors in an average, or as we have seen this year, extraordinary summer in the UK, but the usable crops won't be as good as greenhouse versions. Check this mouth-watering menu out:
Throughout history people have been using plants called herbs to flavour food, for dye, perfume, and even for cosmetics. Certain herbs are thought by many to have the power to repel insects, evil, and even vampires, while other herbs create good luck and attract the perfect lover. Herbs are used by some people to cure headaches and burns, but culinary herbs are usually the most widely used. In fact, many kitchen gardeners relish the opportunity to use fresh herbs at home. It is quite convenient to grow an indoor herb garden without the need of any outdoor space at all. This means home chefs or people who simply enjoy the flavours herbs add to foods can have their own fresh herbs. The growing of indoor herbs is quite practical and straight forward with the ideal setting for this process to be the kitchen. When cooking one simply has to walk over to the indoor garden and snip a few fresh herbs and use them in dishes. If there is no room
Thomas Bolles works with the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and specialises in the areas of sustainable turf and sustainable vegetable gardening. We were fortunate enough to interview Thomas, and found out some really interesting information about sustainable vegetable gardening that we can implement right in our own back gardens!
Our interview with Thomas Bolles
1. You work with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, and specialise in Sustainable Turf and Sustainable Vegetable Gardening. What drove you to focus on these two areas?
I grew up with an interest in plants and animals. I can remember experimenting with growing plants at a young age. I think I began around 10 with some popcorn I’d stolen from the cupboard. I’ve enjoyed successes and failures – or rather “learning moments” in the garden ever since. Being more sustainable grew out of that. As I got older I realized we&rsq