Everything In The Garden Is Lovely…Well It Will Be Eventually. Get Out And Get Planning

I hope you like the main picture, which is (supposedly ) me sipping a hot drink in the garden. I don’t think it’s good enough and certainly not pretty or stylish enough to be me but the picture editor is officially an intransigent idiot and we have now fallen out. No matter. As I sit … Continued

National Gardening Week. Come On, Get Involved.

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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It seems these days that every week is National or International something week. National Freedom Week, National Baked Beans Week, The International Week of Belly Button Fluff… OK,  I made that one up, but you know what I mean. Well, at last there is a now week we can all get behind. National Gardening Week. Do I … Continued

April Showers. Pricey Flowers. Fawlty Towers.

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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So. As Holly pointed out in her usual ascerbic manner on Tuesday, we are now in Spring. This must be true because it’s raining and still a bit chilly. Oh, and there are showers. The famous April showers. At least that is normal. ‘April showers bring May flowers’ as the saying goes. Well good. I like flowers. … Continued

Tea For The Tillerman

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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OK. So we all know it’s time to prep’ our gardens properly. The soil needs breaking up, the plots need cultivating and planting and we all need to get out of the house, stop moping around watching the latest Netflix series and get out from under our long-suffering partner’s feet. Dick’s blog yesterday, Time for the tiller, … Continued

The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring, Tra-La…

Spring, as has been mentioned on more than one occasion in these very virtual pages, is in the air.  And as if the good presenters of Springwatch didn’t have enough to do, keeping a watchful eye on pregnant sheep and making ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ noises whenever a new lickle lamb pops it’s woolly head head into the … Continued

After The Storm – February Comes Creeping Into Your Garden

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Like the old Barbara Dickson  Song (penned by the great Alan Tarney) ‘January – February’,  the months always seem to turn around so quickly and one minute you are sitting, thermostat cranked to the max, curled up in your armchair, sipping warming soup and watching the eternal loop of ‘Friends’ on Comedy Central and the … Continued

It’s Groundhog Day. RIP Winnipeg Willow But Punxsutawney Phil Lives On

Don’t forget it’s Groundhog Day. But it comes with a touch of sadness. January hasn’t had a great start as far as this girl is concerned.  I’ve been deeply affected by the passing of Bowie and the sainted Sir Terry, (my mum’s favourite but as a dedicated Eurovision fan, mine too!) not to mention the … Continued

Up north or down south, here are two gift suggestions to suit the climate

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Christmas presents still proving a challenge? Well here are a couple of thoughts on great gifts for gardeners. Football pundits are apt to summarise matches as a game of two halves. Well that’s just how the weather is for Britain at the moment, a country of two halves. If you’re in the North you have … Continued

Ten top quirky but practical gardening presents you probably have not considered

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Still stumped for a present for the keen gardener who has everything? You may have seen this list of suggestions but here are a few thoughts on less obvious ones, containing that essential piece of gardening equipment someone always wished they had but have never bought. A bit quirky, maybe, but they are practical if … Continued

Ten top machines to clear up after the rain and gales

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Rains and winds are shifting the last of the leaves quickly so that a lawn or drive cleared one day is covered the next. There is a good old-fashioned leaf flurry every time a wind starts a-blowing so that you really can’t leave the leaves lingering on lawns any longer. So here are ten top … Continued