The greenhouse effect

A fully productive greenhouse is similar to having a family pet – it will need a bit of your attention every day! Despite the hard work, once you’ve reaped the rewards of tasting your own chili peppers, peaches or tomatoes and raised your own garden plants for a fraction of the price charged at the Read More

Weather warning – snow

Snow might be fun but heavy snow can caused serious damage in the garden, breaking branches off trees, crushing valuable shrubs and knocking hedges out of shape. To prevent these kinds of problems, you should carefully knock off as much of the snow as possible without endangering yourself. Use a stick to gently shake branches of Read More

Christmas blooms

There’s a tradition in the UK of recording plants that are in flower in the garden on Christmas day. Adventurous gardener Graham Strong has found that the following plants are the most reliable and can be used to glam up your garden over the holidays and also be given as gifts to green-fingered friends. Clematis Read More

Make winter special

When you’ve had enough of being cooped up inside then wrap up well and visit some of Britain’s best winter gardens, which are renown for their picturesque views, trees with attractive bark and elegant silhouettes and frost-proof flowers. Adventurous gardener, Graham Strong says that even in his local parks he finds bare branches exploding with Read More

All about heathers

Heathers are incredible plants that offer real value for money, as they provide a splash of vibrant colour, more or less the year round and especially in autumn and winter. Currently, there are more than 500 heather varieties to choose from with light to dark green, silver, yellow, grey or purple evergreen leaves. Heathers long-lasting Read More

Beat the winter blues

Colour and light affect our mood, so if you are someone that feels down as the nights draw in, take steps now. People who get the blues in winter are said to be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). For your home and workplace you can buy daylight bulbs and fluorescent tubes that mimic the Read More

Enjoy your garden after dark

White flowers and silver leaves always look cool and sophisticated and not only shine in shade but sparkle by moonlight, so are good for sitting areas as the nights begin to draw in. In the sunshine many white or cream-coloured flowers seem dull and lifeless and act only as a background or accent for more colourful Read More

Eat your greens!

Often referred to s rabbit food, eating greens is one of the best things we can do for our wellbeing. When you are adding fresh, raw salads to your diet, you’re boosting the enzymes your body needs. Conventional wisdom tells us you are what you eat; everything in the body is connected so if your gut Read More

Wake up call for bees

Without our gardens, many bees would starve when they wake up early in the year, as they need a ready supply of open flowers, with easy access to pollen and nectar. First bees to appear are the large queens of the buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris. You’ll likely come across them still looking a bit drowsy on Read More

DIY compost – it’s as simple as ABC are working with councils across the UK to deliver great value compost bins, water butts and more to help you, so make your mantra this year “recycle and reuse”. Garantia Thermo-King compost bins are easy to fill and make speedy compost – cost for 600L size is around £65 Turning garden waste into Read More