Monthly Archives: October 2016

  1. Getting kids gardening with The Pumpkin Patch

    Getting kids gardening with The Pumpkin Patch

    Earlier this month, we spoke with Lisa Fearn from The Pumpkin Patch to talk about the importance of getting children into gardening and the valuable skills they can learn from doing so. Lisa spoke to us about the classes The Pumpkin Patch run, favourite recipes for homegrown food, and seasonal cooking.

    Our interview with The Pumpkin Patch

    1. You have five children of your own who all love gardening. How did you get them into it to start with?

    It wasn’t a matter of getting them into it, they just started helping in the garden. When they were very little they used to play in a sand pit just next to me in the garden. I’d dig the soil and they would dig in the sand! They soon started joining me in the garden and would help to plant up young plants and sow seeds… usually all over the

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  2. Making cities green with Trees for Cities

    Making cities green with Trees for Cities

    Earlier this month we caught up with Samantha Lagan, who works with Trees for Cities to help make cities across the world a greener, healthier, more attractive place to live. All of the advice and tips about planting and looking after trees was also kindly supplied by Harry Thacker, Urban Forest Manager at Trees for Cities.  Check out what Trees for Cities do, how they help cities, and how to properly plant and care for trees in our interview below.

    Our interview with Trees for Cities

    1. Trees for Cities is the only charity operating on an international level to create greener cities. How do you do this?

    In cities other than London, where we are based, our model is to work in partnership with local delivery organisations. In the UK these may be City Councils or community groups, whilst overseas we work with non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

    2. Trees for Cities

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  3. Gardening with The Anxious Gardener

    Gardening with The Anxious Gardener

    Featured image credit: David Marsden

    Earlier this month, we spoke to David from The Anxious Gardener about how he became a self-employed gardener, how other people can do the same, and some great tips for attracting wildlife to your garden. Check out our interview below.

    Our interview with The Anxious Gardener

    1. You started gardening 10 years ago, has much changed between then and now?

    For me, the major change in the last ten years has been the smartphone. Not only does it allow me to interact easily with people on social media (in what can otherwise be a lonely profession), but more importantly it gives me immediate access to a whole world of gardening know-how. If I'm unsure or I've forgotten when to prune a particular shrub or the conditions a certain plant prefers, I can find out the answer instantly. I still keep a hefty RHS encyclopaedia at work and it is e

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  4. Caring for Roses - An Interview with Gardening Know How

    Caring for Roses - An Interview with Gardening Know How

    We spoke with Stan Griep, the Master Rosarian at Gardening Know How, about growing and caring for roses.

    A master rosarian has to grow roses for many years and contribute significantly to the realm of rose growing in order to achieve their title, so Stan has a wealth of experience, which he kindly agreed to share with us.

    Our full interview with Stan is shown below:

    Interview with Gardening Know How

    1. You have years of experience growing roses in cold climates. How difficult is this? Are there any roses that flourish in colder environments?

    It definitely is more trying to grow roses in a cold climate.

    You need to really do your homework and research the growth habits and growing-zone ratings established for the rosebushes you are considering for your rose beds or rose gardens.

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  5. Your ultimate guide to gardening: Infographic

    Your ultimate guide to gardening: Infographic

    Need to know what to do in your garden but don't know where to start? We've looked at 4 key areas for gardening and provided 5 top tips for each to help you make a start on your garden. Our 4 key areas of focus are:

    1. Seasonal Gardening - we've covered tips for the whole year, not just the current season, so if you want to know more check out our gardening advice section
    2. Eco-Friendly Gardening - eco-friendly gardening is a huge part of making sure that you are doing your bit to help the environment while you enjoy your garden! Find out more about eco-friendly gardening here
    3. Growing Your Own - growing your own food is becoming more and more important, and popular! We look at some great ways to get started here but for more information check out our
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