‘Hardening off’ is the process of acclimatising plants which have been grown indoors, until they become robust enough to grow outdoors for the summer like bedding plants, ornamental or vegetable seedlings propagated in the greenhouse and tender or half hardy plants, like Fuschias and dahlias, which have been protected through the winter. It usually takes […]
I’m trying to think back to how many aubergines I have grown in my life. I dont mean plants – there have been a great many of them – but actual aubergine fruits, fully matured and ready for roasting to a delicious savoury gooeyness with crispy edges. I do recall one that got pretty close […]
Many of our most colourful and useful greenhouse and conservatory plants are Begonias. Though wandering through a botanic collection most of us might not realise just how many different plants were in fact all Begonias. For this is an immense tribe with many origins, sizes, shapes and habits, and an even more confusing collection of […]
Britain’s leading glasshouse designer and manufacturer, Hartley Botanic, has announced a corporate partnership with the Prince’s Foundation, the charity established by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to help transform lives through engaging, educating and empowering people. Hartley Botanic, whose craftsmen have been creating superior horticultural structures for private gardeners, large estates and institutes […]
With hosepipe bans now in place in many areas, we all need to start tapping into a more joined-up kind of gardening.
Gardeners are often blamed for wasting water, but this I feel is completely wrong. Most gardeners revere this precious resource and respond to plants by watering only when completely necessary. Real gardeners understand that plants need to grow strong roots towards the water table and be less dependent on supplementary watering. It is perhaps our […]
As predictions of ‘a worse drought than 1976’ hit the headlines, here are some water saving tips for your garden. Seven water companies in southern and eastern England – Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Anglia Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East – will soon be starting hosepipe bans; […]