Gardening Archive

Lay the perfect patio flooring

Choosing the right material for patio flooring can be tricky. From decking, bricks, paving or gravel – which is the best option for your garden? TERRIFIC TIMBER GETTY Decking is great for many situations such as uneven surfaces, slightly sloping sites and sunny areas. But in a shady spot the porous

How to attract bees to your garden

Bees are key pollinators and their numbers are in decline. Without a healthy population there are serious implications for many garden plants and food crops. Sharon Jervis, the founder of giftware retailer Beefayre, offers advice on how to attract bees to your garden. Plant

10 tropical plants you can grow in the UK

It’s possible to get a tropical style garden without having to swathe your plants in bubble wrap every winter! These are the top tropical plants for a colder climate. 1. Chusan palm/Trachycarpus fortunei A really lovely palm (above) with fan-shaped leaves. This is a hardy plant

How to clean decking in 3 easy steps

Wooden decking needs regular care to keep it looking good and, before you get your patio furniture out of storage, this is the time to get rid of dirt and mould that’s accumulated over winter. Follow this easy how to clean decking guide to get it

How to grow the perfect tree for your garden

A tree will bring year-round interest and colour into even the smallest garden – but consider how big it will eventually become. WHICH TREE TO CHOOSE If you’d prefer a tree that doesn’t need any pruning, and grows to no more than about 3m

How to keep your plants free from pests and diseases

Planning your garden so that you’re planting in the right places is important for growing healthy plants, but even so, pests and diseases can scupper your good work.​ Catching problems early is key to keeping your garden bug-and disease-free. While you’re watering the plants, keep

Here’s How One DIY Pro Built His Own Backyard Hobbit Hole

Tucked away in Bedford, England is a hobbit hole with a very modern twist. While no real hobbits reside there, the house is exceptionally made. After a tree died in his backyard, Ashley Yeates decided to repurpose the space into this brilliant storage space. Keep in mind

Here’s the Easiest Way to Grow Tomato Seedlings

With spring finally here, it’s time to start a new DIY gardening project at home. Tomatoes are the perfect vegetables (or fruit if you want to be technical) to plant yourself, and there’s a super simple way to do it. All you need is

How to grow succulents indoors and out

The best way to think of succulents is as ‘fat plants’. Parts of them, usually their leaves, swell up with water and this stops them from drying out in arid conditions. Cacti are the most obvious examples but sedums and sempervivums are also common.

How to grow succulents indoors and out

The best way to think of succulents is as ‘fat plants’. Parts of them, usually their leaves, swell up with water and this stops them from drying out in arid conditions. Cacti are the most obvious examples but sedums and sempervivums are also common.