Plants in our Garden

Since 2011 I have kept a long running post detailing the plants in my garden in St. Helens. My new garden in Cheshire was very overgrown when I moved in so most of it was removed or pruned hard during autumn 2015. The progress of the “re-build” of the garden can be found in my post Dove Cottage Garden but here I will give details of the planting along with links to the actual plants on external websites. Front Garden The […]


Dove Cottage Garden

In June this year (2015) I moved from my four bedroomed, modern detached house, home for 16 years, to a three bedroomed cottage in a small village in Cheshire. I have dreamed for most of my adult life of a home in the countryside and after many false starts I finally managed to fulfil my dream. The new house is called Dove Cottage and is, in fact, a good, solid, three bedroomed house with small front and back gardens, there is […]


Our Allotment

A photographic diary of the progress on our Allotment in Knotty Ash, Liverpool. August 2016 Yet another year had gone by without any entries about the allotment! The main reason for this is that we didn’t really change anything this year. We planted seed potatoes in black plastic bags to keep them out of the ground which has resulted in eel worm in the past. The harvest wasn’t very good in terms of overall weight but we got a few […]


Gardening And Your Mental Health?

By now, you’ve probably heard about some of the basic advantages of gardening. Gardening on a consistent basis provides a great source of physical activity and exposure to nature. Additionally, consuming the produce you’ve grown in your garden nourishes your body, and is cost efficient. Alongside these fundamental reasons for maintaining a garden are some deeper and more surprising reasons. Research continues to support the notion that gardening can actually improve your mental health. Want to discover the specific, evidence-based ways […]


Know Your Yucca

Yucca are popular plants, well-loved for their green fleshy leaves, easy-to-care for attributes and the way they brighten up favourite spot. They’re an excellent plant for the less green-fingered, as they can last for quite some time without water and continue to grow, even without too much sun. There are 40 different Yucca species, some of which can be grown indoors and others prefer the outdoors. As you can see, they’re a versatile plant! There are also, even more uses […]


Easy Ways to produce a Zen Garden

Whether you are a long-time gardener or are just beginning to explore all of the possibilities of your green thumb, there is always room to improve your personal green space. Having a space where you can go to unwind after a long day’s work or during your free time at the weekend can be quite relaxing and bring you peace of mind, especially in a garden that inspires peaceful vibes. If you are looking to transform your outdoor space into […]


Battling with Bugs in your Garden

Our friends at Compost Direct have compiled another must-read article, this time it is about dealing with those pesky insects which can leave us gardeners extremely frustrated. Here are the top 10 most common pests in our gardens and greenhouses (according to the RHS):


Gardening Hotspots

Compost Direct has compiled research about UK gardening hotspots, highlighting the UK locations that avoid the worst of the weather and offer greater opportunities for green-fingered gardeners including statistics on rainfall and sunshine. Take a look below: