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 […]


Best Ingredients for Good Compost

Waste Not Want Not: The Best Ingredients for Your Compost Bin Gardening is not just the art of cultivating good plants but also of cultivating good soil. And the answer to good soil lies in compost: a rich source of nourishment made from home waste. 1.6 million households in the UK create their own compost in this way. And whilst it’s popular and an easy means to achieve good soil, there is a skill involved. To create a dark, crumbly, […]


Law of the Lawn

When it comes to gardening, it appears that many of us are worried that the garden is greener on the other side. When surveyed in 2015, over half of Britons admitted to looking over to their neighbour’s gardens to compare them to their own. 24% were so worried about the competition that they admitted to giving bad gardening advice to those living next door! To avoid you resorting to these sneaky tactics to keep your lawn at its best, gardening […]


The Cost of Gardening

Tending to our garden can come at a cost, especially if we’re keeping up with garden trends which are constantly changing! It’s estimated that over the course of a gardener’s lifetime, they’ll spend £30,000 on tending to their garden. A staggering amount by anyone’s standards, but just how does the amount break down? Gardening Express carried out a survey to find where this money was being distributed. £10,000 was being spent on plants and £9,000 on renewing old decking and […]


Gardening And Your Mental Health? 1

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 […]