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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


Give a Bird a Home

Shocked at the decline in our native birds the people at Sykes Cottages recently conducted a survey to find out how many people had a nest box in their garden; the survey showed that less than a third of people do. Following on from these results they produced very interesting, and useful, visual guide to easily show people what they can do to make their gardens bird-friendly; take a look … read more


The Chelsea Flower Show: what to see at the biggest show of the year

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show remains one of the biggest garden shows in the world, and is a must visit for anyone with a real love for horticulture.  Visitors from all over the world head to the gardens of the Chelsea Royal Hospital to view hundreds of different displays across multiple styles. In other words, if you’re a gardening fan you need to be there!  2015’s Flower Show is running from … read more


How to Grow Potatoes

Potatoes are produced from seed potatoes which should be from certified virus free plants and ideally the size of a hen's egg. Before planting they should be chitted to produce small, strong shoots. Chitting: Place the seed potatoes in egg boxes or seed trays, eyed end up, and keep in a light, frost-free room for about six weeks to allow the shoots to develop. Potatoes be grown in any soil … read more


How to Grow Fragrant Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas are one of the most popular plants for UK gardeners. They are annuals so only last the one summer but the display they give is always amazing; lots and lots of colourful, usually fragrant, flowers growing on bright green stems up to 6-7ft in height. Wonderful! As an added bonus they are very easy to grow; you can sow the seed directly into the ground or bring them on in the … read more

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