How to grow: Rhubarb

Rhubarb is probably the easiest of all fruit and veg crops to grow since by and large it can simply be left to produce a harvest of colourful leaf stalks without much help from us. However, the best thick and tasty sticks will have been given just a little attention during the season. Varieties ‘Timperley Early’Is a good one for…
The winning lawn by Andrew Wain of Euridge Manor

Fourth-time lucky Allett Creative Lawn Stripes winner

The quintessentially British striped lawn is idealised across the world and in celebration of this Allett Mowers opened up their annual Allett Creative Lawn Stripes competition internationally. This year’s stiff competition attracted a truly global set of entries in what has been a tough year for everyone going through the coronavirus pandemic. It has meant, however, homeowners around the world…
A mixed organic allotment also provides a home for wildlife

Start the journey to organic gardening in five easy steps

Gardening without harming the environment is a lot easier than you may think says Garden Organic, one of Britain’s leading organic gardening charities Feeding your soil with homemade organic compost, ditching the use of toxic chemicals such as slug pellets, and attracting more wildlife into your garden are the first easy steps.  An informative guide produced by national charity, Garden…
Mulberries are harvested at Hardwick Hall

A crop fit for a queen

 National Trust staff at one of the greatest surviving Elizabethan houses, Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, have begun harvesting what they hope will be a ‘bumper’ crop of black mulberries using traditional harvesting methods. Garden staff believe this year’s fine spring helped create ideal conditions for the 10 trees on the Hall’s Mulberry Walk, which are fruiting about a week early…