News - Page 4

Garden trends forecast 2020

It is an exciting time for gardeners, with new research, products and innovative techniques being introduced to help with environmental issues, wellbeing and community. The garden trends forecast reports we may see an increase in these areas.

Read more...
How to combine concrete accents with plants?

Be on trend and combine concrete accents with plants in your home for a stylish and cool look. Concrete is not just for building houses, it can be used in many ways and with the addition of plants to soften the view you can create something really special and personalised to your taste. From concrete kitchen work tops to plants pots, we have put together these ideas for you to try.

Read more...
How to care for garden birds in winter

Winter can be a tough time for garden birds. It’s cold, food is scarce, and they use up much of their energy reserves just keeping warm. Our garden birds need all the help they can get at this time of year, so here are a few things you can do to make life easier for them.

Read more...
Plants of the moment: Festive conifers

Conifers are everywhere at this time of year. From blue spruce (Picea pungens) and Norway spruce (Picea abies) to the classic Nordmann fir (Abies nordmanniana), the festive season wouldn’t be the same without them. But conifers aren’t just for Christmas. They’re easy to grow, add structure all year round, and come in so many shapes, sizes and colours that there’s one for every garden. 

Read more...
Planting a winter garden

Gardens don’t have to look dull and drab just because it’s winter. Plenty of plants come into their own at this time of year, with flowers, berries and even coloured stems bringing gardens to life through the coldest months. Here are a few of our favourite plants for winter gardens.

Read more...
What to do in the garden in December?

With the year almost over, it’s time to make sure the garden is ready for winter. And it’s never too early to start planning for next year. With shrubs to plant, seeds to sow and winter crops to harvest, there’s always an excuse to get yourself out into the garden.

Read more...
Houseplant of the month: Poinsettia

The Poinsettia is especially popular because of its beautifully coloured leaves. Whilst these are often seen as its flowers, these are actually bracts that are formed in a star shape.

Read more...
Source: Thejoyofplants.co.uk
Plant-based Christmas Recipes

Try some delicious plant-based Christmas recipes this festive season instead of the traditional turkey and surprise your guests with some healthy plant-based, festive food. The options for plant-based food are endless now with so many ingredients and recipes to choose from. From using vegetables with tofu, seitan or jackfruit you can create some interesting and incredibly tasty plant-based dishes. We have picked some great recipes for you to try.

Read more...
Celebrate National Tree Week

National Tree Week has begun, from 23rd November to 1st December we celebrate the UK’s largest yearly tree celebration. It is timed to mark winter tree planting season which is November to March every year and the perfect time to plant trees. National Tree Week has been running since 1975 by The Tree Council and is a great way to spread the word about the importance of trees and do something really special for trees. There are many ways to celebrate the importance of trees from running events to talking a walk in woodland and educating children and communities. Have a read of our ideas to celebrate this important week. 

Read more...
Microgreens for fresh nutrition over the winter months

The festivities can take over any kind of healthy diet plus there is less growth in the kitchen garden but there is a very special something that can be grown on a windowsill or in the greenhouse during the winter months. Plus you’ll be harvesting within one to three weeks. Microgreens are easy to grow and packed full of nutrition, in fact, more than the fully matured vegetable. Microgreens are the seedlings of many well-loved vegetables and herbs, simply grown to a few inches before harvesting. Perfect as garnishes, mixed in soups, salads and sandwiches to add a packed punch of nutrition to a dish.

Read more...