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The world’s longest double herbaceous borders have opened at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, sweeping along 320 metres of the Broad Walk through the heart of the world-famous garden.
The borders, along the approach to Kew’s Palm House, contain thirty thousand plants mixing bold textures and vibrant colours, with the display timed to peak in high summer from June to September. Many are unusual varieties propagated from Kew’s world-class co...Read more...
A new breed of ‘super-ant’ is taking over UK gardens according to researchers at the University of York.
Protect your Garden from Super-Ants!
First discovered in the UK in 2009, Lasius neglectus is capable of building massive colonies of interconnected nests containing tens of thousands of insects and stretching for miles. Three new infestations have been found in the UK this year alone.
Native to Asia, they are likely to have arrived in the U...Read more...
Plant flowers for bats and win some fantastic wildlife gardening prizes in a new competition launched by the RHS in partnership with the Bat Conservation Trust and the Wildlife Trusts.
Create a Bat-Friendly Garden
All you have to do is plant a bat feast of insect-friendly flowers to give your local colony of bats plenty of food to enjoy, then take a photo and send it in. Among bat-attracting flowers you can plant in your garden are oxeye daisies, Ver...Read more...
Have a go at square foot gardening and find out just how much delicious home-grown produce you can harvest from the tiniest of spaces.
Square Foot Gardening - Give it a try?
When all you’ve got to work with is a single raised bed, as little as a metre square, packing variety into your patch becomes incredibly important. Divide it up, though, and you can harvest nine or ten different vegetables.
You don’t have to stick to the minimum size...Read more...
Gardeners can play a key role in preventing flooding after heavy rain, according to the RHS which is calling on everyone with a garden to do their bit to soak up excess rainwater.
Help prevent Flooding after heavy rain
Torrential rain and thunderstorms have caused flash flooding in the south-east this summer, and extreme weather events are set to become increasingly common. Yet gardens can play a massive role in reducing the risk of flooding by soaki...Read more...
It’s National Allotments Week this week and we’re all Growing Together – this year’s theme for the annual celebration of all things allotment-related run by the National Allotment Society.
National Allotment Week
Allotment sites all across the country are opening to the public and welcoming in local communities to see for themselves how plots are open to all sections of society, from the unemployed to the professional, young or old, all races and rel...Read more...
It’s all too easy to hit the gardening doldrums in August, so concentrate all your efforts on keeping the display at its peak. Here’s our list of jobs to be getting on with this month.
- Keep up with watering concentrating on hanging basket and container displays, plants in the greenhouse and newly-planted seedlings.
- Top up ponds in hot weather using rainwater wherever possible – tap water...
Just one in four of us come across hedgehogs regularly in our gardens according to a wildlife survey from the RSPB. That’s a drop of three percent on the previous year – showing that populations of our favourite mammals are still in steep decline. The charity asked 280,000 people to keep records about wildlife they saw in the garden over a year.
You've got more chance seeing a Fox in Your Garden than a Hedgehog?
The results included foxes for the fir...Read more...