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Soil texture: digging deeper into the soil in your garden
It's hard to overstate how important it is for gardeners to understand the soil in their garden. The soil dictates[...]
How do plants grow? Becoming a Gardener – Step 1
For most people gardening is about plants. Admittedly, features like paths, walls, fences and decks play part in creating the[...]
Suburban garden makeover: Part 3 – growing plants in the maturing garden
The pictures on this page show the garden in its first spring and early summer. One thing to note is[...]
Urban garden transformation: small space, big plants … and lots of them
This urban garden transformation was the first gardening I ever did. The garden was in Tooting in South London and[...]
Gardening convert: the story of a new gardener
When I was a nipper, Mum and Dad were not gardeners. Our garden was so overgrown me and my mates[...]
English Ivy – Hedera helix
Hedera helix Common name : English Ivy Family : Aralicaeae Hedera helix is a vigorous self clinging climber or ground[...]
Taking care of dahlias: the trick with deadheading
To my mind, one of the greatest strengths of dahlias, is that they can go on flowering from mid-summer right[...]
Suburban garden makeover: Part 2 – the garden layout
In progress: the garden design and its execution There were several design ideas at work when I was planning this[...]
How to grow dahlias
According to the late Christopher Lloyd, whose Great Dixter garden featured multiple dahlia cultivars, dahlias are best in in late[...]
How weeds thrive
In this post in this series on weed control, I cover not just how weeds survive, but how weeds thrive[...]
Suburban garden makeover: Part 4 – the garden after 1 year
The mature garden - after only one year On this page you'll see the garden at its zenith in its[...]
What are weeds?
In part 2 of this weed control series, I try to answer the simple, but not entirely straightforward, question -[...]