Why Too Much Hard Paving is a Bad Idea

It is depressing to walk down city streets and see home after home with huge areas for cars or huge patios. So much grey asphalt, concrete and pavers is hardly cheering. And there are also many other reasons why too much hard paving is a bad idea. For one thing, huge areas of impermeable surfaceContinue reading “Why Too Much Hard Paving is a Bad Idea”

The Importance of Experimentation in a Garden

In a garden, it is important to experiment. While other gardeners, books, and other media can teach you a lot, learning second-hand is never enough to create a truly great garden. Even the very best gardens are a work in progress. All gardeners have to observe, experiment, and respond to change over time. It isContinue reading “The Importance of Experimentation in a Garden”

Dealing With Heat in Your Garden

We’ve had some lovely warm weather here recently. Since we are in Scotland, the relatively mild summer heat is usually something to enjoy and not something to fear. I am a typical Scot and anything over around 20 degrees C. (68F) feels very warm to me! I don’t fare well in the sun and searchContinue reading “Dealing With Heat in Your Garden”

Choosing Roses For Your Garden

As I was walking in my garden today, I was struck by a number of beautiful roses that are in bloom at the moment. These were planted before we arrived at the property, and so sadly I do not know which varieties we have. I love roses, however, for a range of reasons. And onceContinue reading “Choosing Roses For Your Garden”

Garden Visit – Beautiful Arts and Crafts Garden

Yesterday, on the last day of my mother-in-law’s visit, we decided to visit Kellie Castle Gardens, close to us here in Fife. As you can see from these pictures, which speak for themselves, we picked the perfect time to visit. I not only enjoyed the roses and other flowers, and the delightful smells at everyContinue reading “Garden Visit – Beautiful Arts and Crafts Garden”

Case Study: Belgium Permaculture Garden

This is my concept plan for a garden in Belgium (USDA. Hardiness Zone 8a). Details were given to the client for each of the main planting zones, with plant suggestions and an implementation plan. This design aims to suggest a planting plan for the garden which will make the space as attractive and abundant asContinue reading “Case Study: Belgium Permaculture Garden”

Garden Visit

Yesterday we had a day out and went to visit a local garden in our area – Cambo Gardens. Not everything is perfect and the place is definitely a work in progress at the moment, but as you can see, there are still some lovely views. Some areas are mulched ready for new planting, andContinue reading “Garden Visit”

Drying Herbs – Which Herbs I Dry

Some culinary herbs, I can pick from my garden all year round. But some have a much shorter season. Even those that are around all year, I sometimes like to dry – sometimes because of the different flavour they impart in cooking, and sometimes because it is just easier to use dried herbs when cookingContinue reading “Drying Herbs – Which Herbs I Dry”

Don’t Deadhead All Your Roses

Traditional gardeners will often tell you to deadhead all your roses. Many gardeners will zealously deadhead their roses throughout the growing season, no matter what type of rose they are dealing with. But deadheading too zealously can mean that you lose out on rose hips later in the year. I do deadhead some repeat-flowering shrubContinue reading “Don’t Deadhead All Your Roses”

Why I Love Mange Tout/ Snow peas/ Snap Peas

I don’t have a huge amount of space in my vegetable garden, so I want the plants I grow to work hard for me and provide as high a yield as possible. I grow and have grown a number of different shelling or podding peas in my garden. But today, having just harvested a bigContinue reading “Why I Love Mange Tout/ Snow peas/ Snap Peas”