Hartley Magazine

All the latest news, hints, tips and advice from our experts

Now’s the time to plant garlic and build bonfires

Now’s the time to plant garlic. The year before last, my garlic was successful and my onions were not. This year is has been the other way round! They were both planted at the same time and treated in the same way but the results are different! It is interesting how success and failure are […]

Considerate cultivation: running your garden on renewable fuels

Going peat-free is essential in an earth-friendly garden, but there’s more: the compost you use needs to be a truly renewable fuel. Coaxing a steep, bracken-riddled bank of acidic, nutrient-poor soil into a structured, productive garden might sound challenging enough. But imagine setting out to do it in a deliberate, thoughtful way where your guiding […]

Polianthes Tuberosa

You may not know the name and few grow this sumptuously perfumed greenhouse plant, which is odd as it is so gorgeously scented. Polianthes tuberosa bulbs are commercially available though strangely seldom sell many. Though heirloom varieties are known the only named variety you will commonly find is an old favourite The Pearl. Most closely […]

Bring me sunshine: the power behind renewable gardening

Using a greenhouse to grow your own food will make your garden greener and help trim your ‘ecological footprint’ – but only if you tap into the right kind of sunshine. My garden has become important to me in ways I could never have imagined. Barely a week goes by without it providing me with […]

Waitrose help kids to get growing

Hartley Botanic have teamed up with Waitrose to support the retailer’s Get Your Grown-ups Growing competition – part of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening – by making a Hartley Tradition 6 greenhouse the first prize in the contest, for the most inspiring event staged as part of the scheme. We’re thrilled to be supporting […]

New England Garden Designers Take High Tea With Hartley At The British Consulate

Over 70 of New England’s leading landscape architects and garden designers will be the guests of Dr Phil Budden, the UK’s Consul General to New England on September 27 when the British Consulate Boston, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hosts a horticultural high tea featuring talks by Johnny Mobasher, managing director of Hartley Botanic and international […]

Get Your Grown Ups Growing

And Win A Hartley Tradition 6 Greenhouse For Your School. The Get Your Grown-ups Growing event forms part of the RHS’s wider Campaign for School Gardening, which encourages schools to create gardens, teach the skills of growing and in turn enable their pupils to learn outside the classroom. Each October schools are asked to hold […]