Add some Zen…

A popular gardening trend is small space woodland gardens, which are cool, mossy and damp that bring a welcome sense of organic Zen and a respite from digital overload. To benefit, find a spot to relax where the atmosphere is calm and solemn, which is perfect for meditation. Zen is a way of being and Read More

Grow your own after dinner mints

There’s no post-dinner treat, tastier than an after dinner mint. Peppermint tea has been used for centuries to aid digestion and studies have shown that it helps relieve gas and bloating, and can reduce heartburn and indigestion as well, so why not have a go and grow your own. You must use peppermint or Mentha x Read More

How to grow and make liquorice

If you ever chewed on liquorice root as a child you may be surprised to know that it’s possible to grow your own and even make delicious Pontefract Cakes – a black liquorice lozenge that originate from Pontefract. The root’s compound glycyrrhizin is 50 times sweeter than sugar and has been used to make confections Read More

Growing grapes in your garden

Grapes are tremendously satisfying plants to grow and hardy varieties such as white Theresa, an outstanding dual purpose variety, which produces unusually long, sparkling white berries with a fine aromatic flavour which ripen in late September, or black Muscat Bleu, which have a rich sweet flavour, can be grown outdoors.  The best spot for planting Read More

MARSHMALLOW…more than just a sweet treat

Marshmallow or Althaea officinalis is a perennial and cousin of the hollyhock. It grows large, bee-pollinated, white flowers from July to September, followed by seedpods that ripen from August to October. You’ll find it growing wild in sunny but cool places on the edges of marshland and on grassy banks along lakes and watercourses. Plant Read More

Shine on shade

A shady garden doesn’t have to be dull, you can still create a stunning design with spectacular lawns and cosy patio with romantic lighting and as long as you match plants to the growing conditions you can have year-round colour and interest…here’s how Dry shade Gloomy gardens and parched soil beneath trees often become dead Read More

Feed your soul

Spirits can flag as quickly as gardens can fade, so follow Glen Headland’s advice and put the heart back into both with a garden full of soul where you can slow down, feel, think and just be… Today’s frenetic lifestyles can sap our energies and leave us feeling disorientated and out of sorts but gardening Read More

Pamper with pumpkin

Pumpkin is a powerhouse when it comes to skin care as it gives dull skin an instant glow, visibly improving texture and tones with substances that soothe, hydrate and renew skin and help tame the signs of aging. Angela Lopez of Belle-Toi ( in Bournemouth has been using pumpkin juice for reducing puffy skin and Read More

Diddy daffs

You don’t need much space or skill to grow diddy or mini daffs (narcissus), simply plant the bulbs in pots or borders through September and October and wait! These dainty plants, are completely winter-proof and without too much effort will poke their noses through frosted ground in early spring For a dazzling display, plant masses Read More

Drink your garden

If you grow your own fruit and vegetables you will no doubt have made jams and chutneys galore and probably given much of it away. So what are you going to do with the glut this year? The best advice is to make soft drinks, tisanes, wine and all manner of tipples and join the Read More