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Summer Garden Guide: July tasks Now that Summer is in full-swing your garden should be ready to relax in, but there are still many tasks that need to be done. Make sure your hard work doesn’t go to waste by following our handy tips, from tying back rambling roses right through to getting your garden buildings look fantastic! Download our Summer Garden Guide, print it and pin it to your fridge so you don’t forget what needs to be done in the garden this month. Download the printable July edition

We caught up with Catherine Hughes, owner of the Growing Family blog about spending time on allotments and fitting gardening in around a hectic family lifestyle. Catherine is a firm believer in getting children interested in gardening from a young age and works with them in the garden to help encourage them to get more involved. Check out our interview below. Our interview with Growing Family 1. When did you first form an interest in gardening? When I was about 7 years old; my dad gave me my own little

Wild flowers are crucial for helping wildlife across the UK survive, so we caught up with the guys over at Grow Wild to find out how much of an impact their work has. Grow Wild is the UK’s biggest wild flower campaign and brings communities together to transform local spaces with native, pollinator-friendly wild flowers and plants.  Check out our interview with them below. Out interview with Grow Wild 1. Grow Wild is all about repopulating the UK’s wildflower population, having lost 97% of wild flower meadows since 1930. How much

Summer Garden Guide: June tasks With the Summer season upon us, there is so much that you can do in your garden! From caring for spring-flowering plants, to making sure your fruit and veg are harvested on time, and even keeping an eye on those sneaky pests that always find their way in. Download our Summer Garden Guide, print it and pin it to your fridge so you don’t forget what needs to be done in the garden this month. Download the printable June edition Download Download May, June &

Following on from our showcase of Outdoor Learning projects and funds throughout the UK, we recently spoke with the guys over at Buglife about outdoor learning and how attitudes towards it have changed over recent years.  We looked at the different aspects of outdoor learning, including the environment, wildlife, and conservation to get more of an idea about the work being carried out. Our interview with Buglife 1. How do you think attitudes towards outdoor learning have changed over recent years? After a long period of risk adverse avoidance of

We recently spoke with Alexandra over at The Middle-Sized Garden about growing techniques, gardening tips, and effective seasonal gardening. Check out what Alexandra has to say below! Our middle-sized garden interview 1. What challenges have you faced owning a middle-sized garden? The biggest challenge is that the garden is big enough to be quite a lot of work, but not quite big enough to have everything you want in it. For example, we’d love to have a greenhouse, but would have to re-design a part of the garden to get

We recently spoke with Clare over at Grubby Little Faces about attitudes towards gardening, seasonal planting, and the importance of people becoming more and more involved in growing their own food. Check out what Clare has to say on the matter below!   1. When did you first form an interest in gardening? I grew up amongst a family of gardeners. My parents & both sets of grandparents had beautiful gardens, which they spent a lot of time looking after. My parents used to take my brother and I around garden

Outdoor learning is a huge part of education and development and is becoming more and more important as people take more of a stance to produce their own food and become more self-sufficient.  But this doesn’t just end at gardening. We look at some fantastic projects, funds, and schools that are actively promoting outdoor learning to help encourage more people to get outside. Whether it is for gardening, learning about ecosystems, or simply participating in community events, these projects are helping to make a difference in their communities.   Check out

Summer Garden Guide: May tasks With sunny days and April showers, it’s time to get your garden ‘spring-ready’. May promises to bring with it some warmer days, warmer evenings, and hopefully a bit less rain! So now is the perfect time to finish getting your garden ready for summer by moving plants from greenhouses into the soil, and getting your houseplants in order. Download our Summer Garden Guide, print it and pin it to your fridge so you don’t forget what needs to be done in the garden this month.

As gardeners we all value the natural environment, and while our focus might be on plants, trees, lawns and flowers, it’s important not to forget that other creatures like our gardens too. Squirrels, bees, blackbirds, sparrows and starlings are all common sights in most well-kept gardens but there are dozens, if not hundreds, of other visitors who we can enjoy – and help. Hedgehogs, field mice, frogs, toads and newts, lizards, slow worms and grass snakes as well as lesser spotted birds like tawny owls will all make use of

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