Correct feeding of the right nutrients at the right time helps keep plants happy and productive. Overfed plants become weak, sappy and prone to pests and diseases, while underfed plants lose their vigour and cropping ability. Here are 5 tips for fertilising wisely and without damaging run-off. Use pelletised organic fertilisers or controlled-release synthetic fertilisers … Continue reading Fertiliser dos & don’ts
It’s the stayer in the herb garden – a handful of mint adds freshness to everything from tea to tabouli. Jackie French has a use for every type. Here are some of her favourites. Egyptian mint (Mentha niliaca) Add a lavish helping of chopped leaves of this mild, broad-leafed mint to a traditional, parsley-based tabouli. … Continue reading Patch up your lawn
Dead patches in the middle of your lawn are easy to fix. Follow our step-by-step guide to make your lawn somewhere to stretch out and relax on, or where the kids can bowl a straight ball in a backyard game of cricket. Use a garden fork to loosen up the area, then turn over the … Continue reading Patch up your lawn
Just as gardens and their owners need more water in summer, so do our pets. What is normal water consumption for a cat or a dog? Their hydration needs vary hugely, depending on their size, their age and their general health, among other factors. Dogs can drink up to 90ml per kilogram of bodyweight per … Continue reading How much water does your pet need?
Fruit leathers are a great way to use up slightly overripe produce, and they can be made with raw or cooked fruit. Try combining fruits, such as strawberry and apple, or pineapple and raspberry, to produce interesting flavours. Some turn out more leathery, or chewy, than others. Enjoy experimenting! Wash and peel the fruit, then remove … Continue reading Fun in the kitchen with fruit leathers
Enclosed terrariums (mini-gardens in sealed glass containers) were all the rage in the 1970s, but the terrariums of 2018 are a little different in look and style. Modern terrariums are partially open and are often in chunky containers or balls of glass. Rather than containing ferns and tropical plants, they are drier environments, ideal for … Continue reading Make a trendy terrarium
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