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 2015 The 2015 Flower and Vegetable Show took place at the Allotments this weekend and we won nine first prizes and a second prize: July 2015 I can’t believe that it has been a year since my last post but we have been busy at the allotment. Last year’s harvests were not as good as we had hoped so once everything had been harvested Allan took […]

Jobs to do in the Vegetable Garden

A month by month, easy to follow, guide to the jobs you should be doing in your vegetable garden or allotment now. January Coming soon February Jobs to do in the vegetable garden or allotment in February. 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: Greenhouse Cucumbers Leeks Onions Greenhouse Tomatoes Seeds to sow outdoors where they are to grow. Check that the […]

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Jobs to do in the Garden

A month by month, easy to follow, guide to the jobs you should be doing in your garden now. January In the Flower Garden: Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs Prune standard roses Take hardwood cuttings from shrubs Remove dead stems and leaves from perennials Tidy grasses In the Vegetable Garden: Fork over empty beds and mix in compost Plant fruit trees Prune Gooseberry bushes Warm up beds for early crops Tie raspberry and blackberry canes to support wires In […]

Pesticide-Free Gardening

“Many gardeners have an aversion to chemicals. These gardeners may be devoted to pesticide-free growing, want to plant (and eat) edibles, or simply like the thought of keeping flower beds naturally healthy. Whatever the reason, there are key steps you can take to get and keep the pesticides out of your garden.” KELLY ROBERSON Source:



Why should you feed the birds during the winter?

Over recent years there has been a decline in the number of hedgerows in our countryside leading to a shortage of berry laden trees and shrubs which are a vital source of nutrition for native garden birds during the autumn and winter months. Shrubs and trees such as Rowan, Cotoneaster, Pyracantha, Hawthorn, and Yew provide a marvellous source of winter food for the birds but sadly there just aren’t enough to go round so take some time this weekend to visit your local […]