How to put on a festive feast for birds!  

The cold snap of winter means steaming roast dinners and hot cocoa are back on the menu – and you can share the festive celebrations with the birds outside your window! Many of the foods we eat are also big hits with the birds, especially during the colder months when there are fewer natural food sources available and they need extra calories to stay warm.  Try sprinkling some of these treats on your bird table and see what turns up. Maybe your local robin, or a swirl of…

Wildlife is welcome!

Actively attracting insects, worms and birds to our gardens and pots can help save the planet Gardeners at a national horticultural charity are encouraging us to attract wildlife into our gardens to help prevent irreversible extinctions and save the planet this ‘Organic September’.Leaders at Garden Organic say that without a collective effort to halt a worrying decline in wildlife, vital…

Five top tips for tackling an allotment

Ex Blue Peter and Westminster Abbey gardener, Chris Collins, shares his top tips for starting out on your organic allotment journey during National Allotments Week (9 -15 August 2021).Chris (now Head of Horticulture at charity Garden Organic) started his allotment journey three years ago when he took on the challenge of a large overgrown plot in Enfield, North London. The…

Growing for gold

Medwyn Williams is a name synonymous with veg growing, and with 12 consecutive Gold Medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, he is one of the worlds foremost experts on growing and showing vegetables. Here he talks to Grapevine podcast host, Daniel Heighes Q: Medwyn, Queen Victoria has just turned up in a time machine and she wants the walled vegetable…

Growing Online

We dig deep into the World Wide Web to harvest some great websites, tips and gardening chitchat. Sowing Mangetout (KG YouTube Channel) Emma is sowing ‘Sweet Horizon’ mangetout, ideal for steaming or stir-fries. Seeds can be sown March-July and pods harvested June-September, depending on when you sowed them. One method is to sow in cell trays initially, one seed per…