I was expecting the road to becoming a bonafide eco-friendly gardener to be bumpy, but not to zig-zag off into quagmires of confusions. Hard landscaping has led me to such boggy places for, unless you chip your own wood (by hand) or cycle down to your nearest shellfish processor to fill your panniers with discarded […]
Sometimes all that’s missing in the garden is someone to share it with – and social media could provide a spur-of-the-moment solution.
Congratulations to Chorleywood Primary School – winners of the 2012 RHS Get Your Grown-ups Growing event. The prize, a Hartley Tradition 6 Greenhouse, was presented to the school by the RHS and Hartley’s Managing Director, Johnny Mobasher , on June 3rd. ‘As a corporate partner of the Prince’s Foundation, we are enthusiastic investors in the […]
There is still time in June to sow fast maturing vegetables in areas affected by late frosts, and affected by the erratic weather. Spring onions, parsley and other salads that are harvested successionally can be sown regularly until August, to make full use of the growing season. Those needing warm soil like Florence Fennel, Courgettes […]
Little by little the greenhouse plants that have been sewn, potted on and juggled about for the last couple of months are finding their way outside. First they have to look sturdy and healthy, and to have produced a few leaves, then they get a week on the back steps – a gentle sunny and […]
Most Lilies don’t need to be in a greenhouse as they’re perfectly hardy. Of course amongst such a huge family there are tender sorts but generally those most commonly grown are happy outdoors all year round. However there’s one very good reason for growing these under cover and that’s Lily beetles. These have devastated lilies […]