Gardening Design & Advice
Advice from the Horticultural Trades Association on planting autumn bulbs for a dazzling spring display.
With the nation unaware about how and when to plant a spring garden, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is championing the planting of bulbs now and encouraging Britain to plan ahead for spring as part of its 'Plan it, Plant it this Autumn' campaign.
Spring-flowering bulbs can be planted from September through December. Autumn is nature's natural planting time and provides a fantastic way to add early colour to your garden, patio or balcony every spring.
In his latest column, Tom Attwood, of Abi and Tom's Garden Plants, gives some advice on coping with the garden in full summer swing, composting and weeding.
In an exclusive interview with Reckless Gardener, Professor Nigel Dunnett, looks at the advantages of creating a rooftop garden, from the health benefits of exposure to wildlife and green spaces to the efficient drainage of rainwater. (Pictured left, the Royal Bank of Canada Blue Water Roof Garden for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013.)
Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design and Vegetation Technology and Director of The Green Roof Centre, University of Sheffield. He returns to RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year for the third year in a row with an urban rooftop garden designed for the Royal Bank of Canada in association with the Landscape Agency. He was one of the principal consultants, with Professor James Hitchmough, on the London Olympic Park and its transition into the Queen Elizabeth Park. He is the author of several books including "Small Green Roofs" (Timber Press 2011) and writes widely for the horticultural and gardening press.
We extend a special welcome this month to Tom Attwood, of Abi and Tom's Garden Plants, Halecat Nursery, Witherslack. Tom will be writing a series of guest articles for Reckless Gardener with tips and advice for the season.The challenge of this spring has pushed the resilience of gardeners everywhere. Nationwide the cold start has put the brakes on the progress of our spring plants, be they bulbs, herbaceous perennials, trees and shrubs. Despite this, the delayed start is beginning to be a thing of the past as the new shoots of growth move at breakneck speed.
Across the country we are seeing the effects of autumn; many of our established trees are shedding their foliage and readying themselves for winter hibernation.
The tree planting season has arrived and now, more than ever, is the time for gardeners to start planting Britain’s future trees.With Ash Dieback spreading across the country and wiping out 100,000 Ash trees (so far) it’s time to re-populate these once abundant areas in order to preserve our great British landscape.
This month, Mr McGregor talks about choosing and planting spring bulbs.
Seeing the summer season turn in and make way for autumn to work its magic is a wondrous sight. The trees and summer blooms are readying themselves for hibernation.However, autumn doesn’t just prepare us for the cooler months ahead, it also reminds of the tasks we need to complete, ensuring us another year of colourful and aromatic flowers; it is time to plant our spring bulbs.
This month, Mr McGregor takes a look at growing perfect peas.Nothing can beat eating fresh peas that have been plucked straight out of the pods on a warm summer day. When growing peas at home you can benefit from a superior taste and what’s best of all, they are easy to grow.
Not only are peas good for us, packed with nutrients, they can also be advantageous to other plants and the soil. Special bacteria that extracts nitrogen from the air is stored in the nodules on their roots, which offers great benefits to surrounding plants and the soil.
When reading my column here at Reckless Gardener you may hear me banging on about growing your own.
I'm aware of many gardeners in my local town of Woodbridge who will do all they can to keep their borders neat and their outdoor space presentable.
However, they fail when it comes to making the most out of their garden by not growing their own.So if you're one of these gardeners I’m going to do my utmost to persuade you that the best way is the organic way.
Chris Bonnett from Gardening Express runs a four acre nursery in Essex. Earlier this year he installed a bore-hole on site to guarantee his own water security in future years. He believes hosepipe bans will become a regular occurrence and knows gardeners will be able to create some stunning spaces with plants which cope in sunny, dry conditions. This month, Chris has put together his top drought tolerant garden plants to give green fingered enthusiasts a helping hand in finding the plants right for them.
Sitting back one lazy Sunday morning with the newspaper in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other I was fully prepared to read all about the doom and gloom of our current economic climate. Petrol prices have risen, food bills have increased and the cost of living is the highest it has been since the 1930s. However, there was light at the end of the tunnel; many families are now taking up gardening as a means of entertainment.Gardening has seen the average monthly cost rise due to inflation, but only by 17%*, which is considerably lower than the 46%* increase in price when taking the family to the cinema.
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