Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. In warm regions, the weather has cooled, so newly planted trees and shrubs have time to get their roots established during the cool, wet winter and be ready for new growth in spring. In cold areas, fall planting works well, too. As long as the tree or shrub is planted a few months before the ground freezes, the
Here in Wales it's not been a blistering hot August to put it mildly but we live in hope as September is often a good month in the west.Who knows though? The weather this year has been all over the place.
It's a month of change as harvests come in thick and fast and we start to think about preparing for the coming winter.
Cox's Orange Pippin has been said by many, for the last 170 years, to be the best tasting apple in the world. It is most definitely British and is suited to growing in our variable climate.
This variety does not store particularly well and neither does it develop its full flavours when picked early and kept in cold storage. For these reasons, the Cox's Orange Pippin sold in your local supermarket will never have the same taste or crunch as one which
Growing your own tomatoes is simple and just a couple of plants will reward you with plenty of delicious tomatoes in the summer. There are all sizes of tomatoes to try, from the tiniest cherry types, favourites with children, through to full-flavoured giant beefsteak tomatoes.
In my Gardening with Nature newsletter I usually talk about ways to garden to help wildlife, birds, bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. But so often when we talk about Nature, we exclude ourselves. Human beings are also part of Nature and when gardening we should think of our neighbors, friends, and family, too.
Whenever I think of cover crops and green manures, I think of farms with tractors and acres of land to plant and till. But cover crops can be useful for soil building in a small garden as well and even in a raised bed garden.
In my upcoming book, The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening, coming out in December 2020, I talk about growing cover crops to build your soil
I've been an organic gardener for decades. But that doesn't mean my thoughts and practices for controlling pests, particularly destructive insect pests, hasn't changed. As any gardener knows, gardening isn't a static activity. Nature, garden technologies and our own preferences evolve over time.
Most gardeners know that pollinating insects, birds, bats and other creatures have been on the decline for many years. This is a concerning problem because pollinators are vital to healthy ecosystems and our way of life. It's estimated more than one-third of the food we eat and 90% of the flowers blooming are dependent on pollinator
Editor's Note: Welcome to our first edition of the Gardening with Nature newsletter, featuring Charlie Nardozzi. Charlie was a big part of NGA for a long time and we are delighted to have him writing this newsletter for us again. Every other week this newsletter will be sent to you and will contain interesting, innovative and inspirational ideas of how you can garden alongside nature.