Monthly Archives: May 2015
Visiting just about any English garden is probably the highlight of any keen gardener's trip around the UK. Gardening traditions in the UK go back to the 18th and 19th century botanical collectors, horticulturalists, and landscape artists. Interest in gardens in this day and age crosses all social boundaries and ages. Fortunately, England has a number of beautiful gardens; some even offer something for people to see throughout the entire year. Here is a list of a few must see spring gardens in the UK:
1. RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey
The large and diverse collection of vegetables and plants at The Royal Horticultural Society's flagship Wisley garden are inspiring to any keen gardener. Alongside the plants and vegetables are stunning rose gardens and even a new state of the art glasshouse. For gardeners, a visit
One of the most valuable assets any gardener may possess is a greenhouse. For those gardeners fortunate enough to have one, the growing season can be extended. This enables the gardeners to make the best use of the sun for longer periods of time. A wide range of fruit and vegetable crops can be produced in a greenhouse, but there is a bit of a difference between crops grown as starter plants and greenhouse vegetables. It is important for someone new to this process to understand what is good to grow in this more controlled environment. There are so many possibilities of vegetables and fruits to choose from, so picking the best of the options can be overwhelming. For beginners it is always best to choose the vegetables that are easiest to grow. This gives new gardeners some experience for the first year so they will have the knowledge and confidence to try growing more complicated crops in following years. Furthermore, since the greenho
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