Not much room in your entertaining area? Not so many mouths to feed? Barbecues don’t have to dominate. A compact model can cook quite enough for your needs plus they are often easier to clean, as components may fit in the dishwasher or the laundry tub. Cooking fuel Different models use charcoal, LPG gas or … Continue reading Bite-size barbies that are big on sizzle
Summer has arrived, your garden is looking gorgeous, but soon the heat will see your wonderful display start to wilt. So whip out your secateurs and take some cuttings of much-loved shrubs and perennials to build up your stock and create replacement plants. Think about looking in family, friends’ and neighbours’ gardens too – and … Continue reading Take cuttings of shrubs and perennials
Are you enjoying sitting under a shady grapevine this summer? As you while away the hot days, revelling in your clever choice of a natural shady nook, Jackie French explores many other uses for those versatile vines… Grape wood prunings make excellent summer barbecue skewers. Some woods are toxic, but grape wood is safe and … Continue reading Ways to use a grapevine
Some spread seed on the wind, some rely on animals to digest and distribute them, but we all have them in the garden somewhere! They’re weeds, and they are the ultimate stayers. You can hit them with systemic chemical herbicides, but if you prefer not to use them, read our A–Z feature over December and … Continue reading Blitz those pesky weeds
Playing host this festive season? Is your garden far from looking picture-perfect? Don’t worry, there’s time to spruce up your patch even if you’ve procrastinated until the last minute. Just put aside a few hours each week, and you can still whip it into shape. Here’s a few of the tasks on our to-do lists … Continue reading Help, it’s nearly Christmas!
Your tomato plants will be needing a bit of attention now to ensure a bountiful crop, so follow our care guide and you’ll soon be eating plump, juicy tomatoes that are full of flavour – a true taste of summer. Train vines Once or twice a week, pinch out shoots sprouting from leaf junctions and … Continue reading Top tips for tasty tomatoes
Want to splash some colour in a shady corner for next to nothing? Zygocactus (Schlumbergera truncata) are well suited to pots and hanging baskets because they cope with periods of being dry. They are very easy to propagate as the weather warms up, so follow these steps. Take cuttings from your own plant or ask … Continue reading Zippy way to a few new zygos