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Wildflowers and Butterflies

Wildflowers and Butterflies

Help butterflies and moths in the new Wild About Gardens campaign and create a place for contemplation and discovery for your community. The Wild About Gardens campaign run by the RHS and The Wildlife Trusts is collaborating with film producers Studio Canal this year...
Getting Ready for the Winter Seed Planting

Getting Ready for the Winter Seed Planting

As winter approaches, you’ll need to safeguard tender plants from frost damage by covering them. Most pests, as you may know, are dormant in cold weather. Meaning, it’s a good time to look for snails in sheltered areas, such as empty pots in the cold frame...
Yellow Rattle. Increase Species Diversity

Yellow Rattle. Increase Species Diversity

Yellow rattle is an attractive, semi‐parasitic, grassland annual. In the past this plant was a serious pest for farmers as it weakens grasses and as a result can reduce hay yields by as much as 50%. In a landscape or garden context however, this suppression of grass...
Plant a Tree. Protect a Hedgerow

Plant a Tree. Protect a Hedgerow

The Queen’s platinum jubilee is bringing with it several initiatives. 70 years on the throne, the longest by any British or English monarch ever and the fourth longest of any monarch of any nation ever. [If you are interested the longest was Louis XIV at 72 years and...
Plant a Tree. Protect a Hedgerow

UK Hedgerows

Our UK hedgerows have never been more important to us. Did you know that hedgerows are not only home to plants and flowers? Many animals and insects also call our hedgerows home. It may surprise you, but in your local hedgerow, you may find field mice, bats and...
Defining Different Soil Types

Defining Different Soil Types

Characteristics of Soil Types The soil type in your farm, garden or recreational area will be a major factor in the type of flora you may expect to thrive. Here we look at some of the major characteristics that define different soil types. Organic or Mineral Broadly...