Pee-cycle for better crops

While butterflies sip nectar from flowers, they also sip any urine that has collected on the flowers and leaves any chance they get. Urine is a butterfly’s best source of vitamins and is a pretty useful fertilizer for the garden too! Urine is almost perfectly sterile unless the person it came from has a urinary track Read More

Feline-friendly, no-stain lilies

While the dark pollen on lilies can look beautiful, especially against pure white and pale coloured flowers, you want to avoid brushing against it, as it will stain. To avoid complaints from customers, florists often remove the pollen entirely, by gently pulling each pollen-loaded anther off the stamen. To remove any pollen that gets on Read More

Clogs are great for gardening

When I first started work in the greenhouses at Falinge Park, Rochdale all the older guys used to wear Lancashire clogs. They explained that the wooden soles keep your feet warm and dry and were especially comfortable when standing on the cold concrete and tiled floors of the greenhouses, which were also often wet from Read More

Plant these bulbs double quick!

Certain speciality bulbs must be planted immediately after purchase and not only should these bulbs be planted immediately but they should also be purchased early too, otherwise, they will dry out and deteriorate. This applies to all varieties of Erythronium or dog’s-tooth violet, Corydalis, Fritillaria and the rhizome-forming Anemones such as Anemone nemorosa and Anemone Read More

Squirrels are naughty but nice!

It’s often thought that squirrels and other rodents eat daffodil bulbs. This is not true. The bulbs and leaves contain poisonous crystals, which only certain insects can eat with impunity. Squirrels can lose 25 percent of their food to other squirrels. In an effort to keep their food safe they try to throw food robbers off Read More

Your hair helps nesting birds

Whenever you visit the hairdresser ask if you can take home the clippings for the birds. Put them in an old style cage bird feeder or a pop sock along with pet hair (do not use it if the animal has been treated for fleas) and feathers and hang it in the branches of a Read More

Kick off your shoes and relax

After a bad day, de-stress by kicking your shoes off and walk barefoot on the lawn. The “green” scent of fresh cut grass will have a similar effect, relaxing your entire body and mind and may even boost your memory! There is some science behind this fact. Known as ‘earthing’, walking barefoot, allows you to Read More

Be water wise

Next time you’ve got to get the watering done in a hurry why not copy this clever gardeners great idea…it just goes to show that two hands are better than one! Gardeners are often accused of using more than their fair share of this precious resource so maybe it’s time that we adjust our water Read More

Helpful spiders eat flies

Spiders are beneficial in the garden as they help to keep populations of pests in check. Commonly seen outside in early autumn is the garden orb web spider. These spin large, roughly circular silk webs, which they suspend vertically from the stems and foliage of plants. The intricate webs look amazing when dripping with dew Read More

Try this toilet paper substitute

Want to grow something unusual? Then try Yacon or Smallanthus sonchifolius, which has leaves that are so soft they have even been used as toilet paper! It is a distant relative of sunflowers with a sweet-tasting tuber that can be made into a ‘no-sugar’ syrup for diabetics and for those on a diet as it is Read More