Wasps, friend or foe?

If you're been stung by a wasp, and most of us will have at some point, then wasps are definitely a foe. For the gardener and the British countryside wasps are amazing pest controllers. "Wasps are hugely beneficial to their native ecosystems due to the sheer amount of...

It Happens Every Spring

This movie poster (adapted) from the 1949 movie 'It Happens every Spring' sums up the UK spring to a tee! No idea how the good the film is, 7/10 (IMDB) is impressive. We can all think it's the time of year for all our summer planting and then May........ .....flicks...

Spring Start : Stop : Start

Spring in the UK has always been unpredictable ans always will be. It's warm, it's cold, it in between. It's difficult to know when to start certain activities and it can catch us all out. The daily temperatures affect air & soil. Air temperatures fluctuate...

Balcony planting

Growing on balconies is very appealing and can be very rewarding. Enabling plants to thrive at great heights needs a few ideas and tips to get the best results. There are a few variables that you must take into account for balcony growing. Here below are the most...

Ask the expert

The expert team is lead by Neil Grant who is also BBC Radio Sheffield  garden expert.  In our daily team we always have the expertise here to answer your questions and give advice. Listen to Neil every Sunday morning from 9 on BBC Radio Sheffield. 

Thanks Plants!

Thanks Plants! https://youtu.be/JoUpN7GwPkY Plants are essential in our lives. Let's give them something back! Plants. When you think about plants, you might be tempted to think of the Sansevieria that used to sit on your grandparents' windowsill, or that cactus which...

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Carnivorous Plants

There is something really fascinating about plants that eat insects. It doesn't really compute in our brains. Carnivorous plants? Really, is that possible? The easiest and most popular to grow are Venus Fly Traps, Sundews and Pitcher plants and hey all need similar...

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Watering in Summer 2018

As gardeners and even non gardeners the summer weather this year is superb. Plants are flourishing and pests and diseases are too bad either. However, the elephant in the greenhouse, is the potential of water shortages and hosepipe bans. Watering in summer 2018 is a...

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