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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 weeds thrive
In this post in this series on weed control, I cover not just how weeds survive, but how weeds thrive[...]
Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’: Japanese Garden Star
Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ Common name : Japanese Maple Family : Aceraceae Acer palmatums are tremendous garden plants, probably amongst the[...]
Suburban garden makeover: Part 5 – the vegetable garden
The productive garden I've featured the development of the fruit and vegetable garden separately, as the images seem to work[...]
How to Grow Narcissus: Daffodil Plant Notes
Narcissus spp. Common name : Daffodil Family : Amaryllidaceae A bulbous soft wooded perennial with around 50 species and countless[...]
Weed control – is this the gardener’s toughest job?
It is said that gardening is all about the gardener’s efforts to control nature and controlling weeds must be one[...]
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[...]
English Ivy – Hedera helix
Hedera helix Common name : English Ivy Family : Aralicaeae Hedera helix is a vigorous self clinging climber or ground[...]
The 10 steps to get you gardening for life
I’m guessing that if you are here you may be new to gardening. If you are, then you are in[...]
How to grow dahlias
According to the late Christopher Lloyd, whose Great Dixter garden featured multiple dahlia cultivars, dahlias are best in in late[...]
Why get rid of weeds?
In the other posts in this weed control series, I've written about what weeds are and made the point that,[...]
Suburban garden makeover: from lawn to lush
In this 5 part series, I'll show you the process of transforming a good sized suburban garden from boring lawnscape[...]