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Our Garden


We bought this house, when it was only half built, back in 1999 and typical of new houses the garden was a mound of top soil and builders rubble. We got the builders to level the soil but it was still full of bricks, pallet wrappers etc., quite a mess really. We concentrated on getting the house sorted before thinking about the garden. At that time we didn't know too much about gardening so we decided to employ a garden designer to make sure we got the garden we wanted. We knew we wanted a conservatory building at the back of the house so we instructed the garden designer to incorporate it … [Read More...]

Our Allotment

First Prize Potatoes

A photographic diary of the progress on our Allotment in Knotty Ash, Liverpool.   August 2014 Well, it's that time of year again! Saturday saw the 2014 Ashfield Allotments Flower and Vegetable Show and we entered 21 classes, including Jams & Chutneys and Photography. When it came to the day we were disappointed in some of our produce but in the end we did quite well. We got four first prizes, four second prizes and one third prize. July 2014 It is now early July and we have had our first harvest of potatoes. I think the labels … read more

Gardening Articles


Our Plant of the Month for March is Hellebore

Hellebores can flower as early as January and continue on until late April producing lovely nodding, saucer-shaped, flowers in many colours. Their foliage is virtually evergreen, just cut down the old leaves during January or February to show the flowers off to their best. They are very low maintenance and they don't mind the shade. Most prefer heavy soils with plenty of organic matter added each … read more


The Vegetable Garden in March

Jobs to do in the vegetable garden or allotment in March. Click the links to find out more about gardening tasks and specific vegetables. Seeds to sow indoors in a heated greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill: Cucumbers Capsicum Celeriac Celery Tomatoes Seeds to sow outdoors where they are to grow. Check that the soil is workable and not too cold or wet. If it has been particularly … read more


Jobs to do in March

Flower/Plants Prune rose bushes Trim winter-flowering heathers Lift and divide congested clumps of snowdrops and buy new ones `in the green' Prune winter jasmine after flowering Fruit/Vegetables Force rhubarb Sow leeks and onions in a heated propagator Start spraying outdoor peach and nectarine leaves to prevent peach-leaf curl Sprinkle fertiliser around fruit trees and … read more


World’s Best Selling Book on Fruit Just Got Fruitier!

The New Fruit Expert introduces more than 70 new varieties. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Britain’s most popular advice book on growing fruit has been completely updated to include more than 70 new varieties of tree and soft fruits. Dr D G Hessayon’s The Fruit Expert has sold more than 750,000 copies in the UK and overseas since it was first published in 1990.  With clear instructions, … read more

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