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 on a Budget: How To Cut Costs In The Garden

Other than the weeds, trimming your gardening budget is also a good idea. With all the things your garden needs to stay alive and healthy, knowing how to cut costs in the garden is a skill in itself. However, this is also a balancing act. How would you decrease your spending without compromising the health of your garden? How do you trim cost without trimming quality? Gardening on a budget may seem hard at first, but there are many ways […]


The Right Greenhouse For You

A Greenhouse is an excellent investment for any keen gardener, making growing and maintaining a variety of plants easier throughout the year and provides shelter from adverse weather conditions such as frost, snow and heavy rain. All of which are far too common in the UK. If you are interested in growing different crops which may not grow in a UK climate a greenhouse can prove essential and means that you can grow a variety of different plants. GBC group […]


The Cost of Gardening: How to Start Pruning Back the Expenses

Whether you a pro gardener or whether you are simply dealing with the upkeep of your little patch of land, gardening can be a really expensive endeavour. From plant pots and features through to simple tasks like pruning, looking after a lawn and keeping your plant borders under control, all of the equipment that you need will cost money. This can be a little disheartening for the novice and professional gardener alike. Keeping our small patches of paradise properly organised, […]


Knotweed: A Property Menace

There has long been a real concern regarding the dangers of a British garden dweller, although it’s probably not what you would expect. While it hasn’t got sharp claws or long fangs, and isn’t going to attack you in the middle of the night, this devil-in-disguise can pose quite the risk to your livelihood; in particular, your home. Knotweed, commonly known as Asian or Japanese knotweed, is a large, herbaceous perennial plant that has successfully established itself in and around […]


Christmas Gifts for The Gardener

Christmas is fast-approaching, and although this is a wonderful time to celebrate with your family, it can be somewhat daunting trying to come up with gift ideas for everyone. It doesn’t have to be flashy, it doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should be something you’ve taken the time to think about. If you have a gardener in the family, you’re in luck. There are many different things you can buy them that will help with their hobby and […]