Category: Gardening How To

Gardening How To

Wildflowers from seed using plugs

Unfortunately, when creating a wildflower meadow, it’s not as easy as just sprinkling the seeds onto some existing grass. It’s best to start the seeds in plug trays and then transplant them into the meadow in the autumn or spring. You can buy ready-grow wildflower...

Late summer plants for bees

Bees need a steady flow of flowers throughout the year to supply them with pollen and nectar for the production of honey.Two of the best late summer flowering plants to support bees areHibiscus and Trumpet vine ( Campsis radicans ) Hibiscus Lohengrin Lohengrin is a...

Planning for a colourful gardening spring

Gardening is all about planning. As we come into August now is the time to start thinking about organising some spring bulbs to create some early season colour next yearTraditionally spring bulbs are ordered in September and planted into pots and directly into your garden...

Dealing with difficult perennial weeds

Most garden weeds can be controlled by my mulching and/or ground sheeting techniques without the use of chemicals, but when you are overrun with one of the top 5 UK perennial weeds, it’s time to reach for some additional help with a chemical weed killer...

Dealing with ant problems in your garden

As the climate warms, it suits ants in your garden. How many people are facing ant problems in their gardens? Ants do not normally cause any harm or damage in your garden but are a nuisance, especially with the use of lawns.  Ants normally establish...

Learn how to care for an indoor lemon tree

Indoor lemon and orange trees can be quite challenging to grow in the UK indoors, especially with the low light levels in the winter months. The keys to growing indoor lemon and orange trees are as follows they require a slightly acid soil so always...

Photinia Leaf Spot or scab

Photinia Leaf Spot or scab ( Entomosporium maculatum )Entomosporium maculatum affects woody members of the Rosaceae Family but for gardeners, it is most notable with the Photinias. Other hosts include pear trees, hawthorn, Pyracantha, Sorbus and quince.Photinia is quite a robust plant, the main problem...

Why you should be using clay pots

Why you should be using clay pots for your plantsPlants love humidity in warm and hot weather, whilst plastic pots work just fine !! you will have a lot more success growing plants and seedlings in clay pots.Learn moreClay pots, especially the cheaper clay pot...

GardenAdvice Plants Swap

Created over 10 years ago the GardenAdvice plant swap was created to help our MyGardenTeam fill a garden with colour without breaking the bank. Starting with our MyGardenTeam members swapping perennial plants with other members organised by the MyGardenTeam services gardeners.Today it’s grown to include...

Support your plants this summer 

One of the most overlooked jobs in the May gardening calendar is to support your plants as they grow. Perennial plants such as phlox and other tall perennials grow at such a fast rate in late May that supporting them is important. Whilst you can...