Give gardening as a gift to your kids

Give gardening as a gift to your kids

Today’s blog is dedicated to my little Mum (Pearl) who died a few days ago at the age of 89. It also celebrates my Dad (Gordon) who passed away 18 years ago. Without the two of them (pictured together here) I would never have unearthed my passion for gardening. Neither Mum nor Dad were hugely […]

Rotten stinking … but this manure is liquid gold

Rotten stinking … but this manure is liquid gold

It stinks! No point beating about the bush when it comes to the liquid manure I’m brewing behind our allotment shed.  Any unsuspecting veg thief will undoubtedly scarper once he gets a whiff of the comfrey liquid bubbling away in an old plastic dustbin. How odd that something that is actually so full of goodness […]

View from the office

View from the office

I’m sitting here looking for inspiration but keep getting distracted by the view down the garden and over the hills from our newly refreshed “office”. I guess you could call it the lounge bar of the Gardener’s Call really. For the future, this is where our blogs will come from (unless its very cold that […]

Rotting luck – get yourself a compost heap

Rotting luck – get yourself a compost heap

If there is one single thing any aspiring gardener can do to transform his (or her) garden it is to change his attitude to the soil. Stop thinking of it as dirt and start to recognise it as the source of all success. Soil might look pretty dead and inanimate but it’s actually teeming with life. […]

Plant detective: on the trail of the tree peony

Plant detective: on the trail of the tree peony

 Do you ever wonder where your plants come from? No, I don’t mean the local garden centre, nor even the nursery that supplies its plants. Where did they actually originate — and who brought them here in the first place? If, like me, you start to love your plants then it’s a bit like taking […]

Read this – it could save your life

Read this – it could save your life

I have found it! I have searched everywhere and it was right there in front of me all this time. What I have discovered folks is a magic ingredient offering both health and happiness. It’s called gardening!! There are those who reckon that gardening can single-handedly fix the NHS. Tests have been run and reports […]

Set in my ways

Set in my ways

So there I was dripping in wet concrete. It was even running down my face after my biggest garden project since our arrival at Flintstones went badly astray. DIY has never been a strength of mine. But fortunately I had enlisted the support of a professional in the shape of landscaper Jonny Hodges when it […]