Gardening services – make your garden bonnie

If you would like some help with your garden, please get in touch. My ethos is simple – I treat every garden I work in with the respect and care that I give to my own garden.  That is what all gardeners should do. I offer a full range of gardening services, maintenance and advice for…

Control garden pests without reaching for the Roundup

We all want friendly insects like bees and worms in the garden to keep our plants pollinated and the soil in good condition, but sometimes other pests come along which can wreck havoc in our lovely outdoor spaces. While your first instinct might be to reach for the insecticide, I believe it’s always best to…

Gardening jobs for a rainy day

When the rain is pouring down and you’re tired from work, heading into the garden for maintenance isn’t top of the list of things to do. Even the most committed gardener has moments when they would just rather shy away from the perils of mother nature and stay indoors. But that doesn’t mean you can’t…

Key elements for a relaxing garden

There’s no question that a garden is a great location to chill and unwind in, but if you are anything like me, before you can de-stress you’ll have to make sure it is relaxation-ready. If my garden isn’t up to scratch, I can’t kick back and relax – it’s impossible not to want to weed,…

Japanese Knotweed – truths and treatments

Every gardener’s worst fear is a creeping and unstoppable invasion of a non-native species. For a growing number of gardeners around the UK, it’s a nightmare that is all too real, in the form of the voracious Japanese knotweed. We hear so many horror stories about this plant and the destruction it can cause to…

Gardening inspiration for a blank canvas

A gardener’s biggest challenge isn’t necessarily dealing with pests, weeding, or pruning but starting from scratch with a completely new garden. It can be hard to find inspiration when you’re faced with a new space but there are a few places to look that can help you find it. Picture   Who’s going to use…

Automatic watering systems and why I’d consider getting one

I can honestly say I’d never given automatic watering systems a second thought until I started to grow my own tomatoes and courgettes indoors this year.  I’ve got six tomato plants and two courgettes which I’ve brought on from seed and they need lots of water (and now that the flowers have started to show,…

A beautiful garden is a neat and tidy garden

Flickr What do you imagine when you think of a beautiful, vibrant garden space? It might be perfectly arranged flower beds, gorgeous garden paths and mystical lighting arrangements. It’s unlikely that you think about mowing the lawns, weeding the beds and removing unwanted debris from the garden. But crafting and maintaining the perfect garden is…

How to throw a Garden Party – in Scotland!

When the weather is great it’s easy to get creative about throwing an outdoor party.  Unfortunately though, the Scottish climate doesn’t always lend itself to partying in the garden – even during the Summer. In this blog, Sara McQueen, who works in the marketing department of Scottish timber company, Stewart Timber, gives us her pointers…

Neonics and how they’re killing our bees

Any gardener worth their salt knows the importance of bees, and there’s something heartening about seeing them buzzing around the garden helping flowers and plants pollinate far and wide. However, you might not be seeing quite as many bees around these days, and that’s because bee population is in decline. It’s been an issue for…

It’s nearly show time! Gardening Scotland 2017

Tomorrow marks the start of Gardening Scotland 2017– the nation’s biggest and most established garden and outdoor living festival – taking place at the Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston until Sunday 4th June. Hot on the heels of the Chelsea Flower Show, the festival is guaranteed to stimulate all the senses, with something to inspire and…

How to plant a hedge – advice from Hopes Groves nurseries

If you’ve decided you want to add a hedge to your garden but you’re not sure where to start, I have the answer for you. As you’d expect there are a few things you need to bear in mind when planting. Hedges are great at providing many different attributes to a garden – they can act…

Hedge trimmer review – Einhell GE-PH 2555

A good hedge trimmer is an essential tool for any gardener – not just for cutting hedges but also for shaping larger garden shrubs such as photinia, cornus and aucuba. I recently purchased a new Einhell GE-PH 2555 from power tool and garden supply company FFX and while the hedge trimming season isn’t yet in full…