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 […]


How To: Create A Dementia Friendly Garden

Quality of life is a key consideration for the elderly – making sure that their golden years are as stimulating and enjoyable as possible. Dementia is a general term, describing a group of symptoms related with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities – 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 in the UK live with dementia, with one person being diagnosed every three minutes. Creating […]


BBQ Cheat Sheet

With the warmer weather upon us, what better way to celebrate than to get out into the garden and throw a barbecue for your friends and family? It doesn’t get much better than getting everyone together, enjoying refreshing drinks and indulging in some alfresco dining. However, outdoor eating has its hazards – you need to be mindful of the fire risks throughout your barbecue including how to safely dispose of coals and fuel at the end. Taking small but practical steps can minimise […]


Make Your Lawn Mower Like New Once Again

As the summer is now well and truly upon us, this means many gardeners will be looking to increase the amount of gardening they do. Caring for the lawn is an important step at this time of year, as the grass is growing more quickly than during the colder months – and proper lawn care requires a high-quality lawn mower. Read on for advice on how to get your lawn mower working like new again. Lawn Care Lawns require more […]


Woburn Abbey Garden Show

BBC’s Adam Frost and Pippa Greenwood to headline the revamped Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2018  Woburn Abbey is delighted to announce that BBC Gardeners’ World TV presenter Adam Frost and BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time panellist Pippa Greenwood are headlining this year’s remastered Woburn Abbey Garden Show on 23rd and 24th June. Now in its 9th year, the ‘Gardeners’ Garden Show’ attracts around 5,000 visitors and has become an important diary date for gardening enthusiasts. Set just over an hour from London in 42-acres […]


Bedroom Plants to Help you Sleep

A good night’s sleep – not only is it something we need, it’s something we crave. If you often find yourself awake, tossing and turning at night despite yearning for sleep, you’re not alone: according to the National Sleep Association, between 50 and 70 million US adults suffer from a sleep disorder. In fact, lack of sleep is such a prevalent issue that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently called insufficient sleep a “public health problem.” Several factors can keep us […]