#worldsoilday

#worldsoilday

We are losing soil at a completely unsustainable rate.  According to The Soil Association ‘the equivalent of 30 football pitches of fertile soil every minute’ and yet it takes over 500 years to form 1 inch of top soil. 

7 Favourite Plants for Drought AND What is ‘Chop & Drop’?

7 Favourite Plants for Drought AND What is ‘Chop & Drop’?

It’s been an interesting summer so far to say the least.  One which will be remembered for its heat and lack of rain.  It has felt like August since June, except hotter.  Here, we are scratching our heads wondering if its a blip or a sign of the times. 

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Garden – RHS Chatsworth 2018

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Garden – RHS Chatsworth 2018

Congratulations to both Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the Experian volunteer team who did a great job building the stand for RHS Chatsworth flower show. 

Designing Resilient Gardens

Designing Resilient Gardens

So what exactly does the future hold? Along with a likely frost-free Britain, climate change is forecast to generate greater variables in the weather; more storms, more rainwater, and then longer hot dry spells; so resilient plants will become imperative. We will have a longer growing season and therefore can utilise plants from arid countries

Why Wild Gardens for Children?

Why Wild Gardens for Children?

In the good old days, children played outdoors for hours, only coming home when they were hungry – isn’t that the story? Well it’s not quite how I remember it but apparently now, the majority of children today spend less than 60 mins outside a day, which is less than prison inmates.

My Irish Road Trip & Thoughts on Plastic

My Irish Road Trip & Thoughts on Plastic

We spent our sunset walk picking up plastic bottles, lids, toothbrushes, toys and straws, some of it was broken and unidentifiable. It was food for thought. This coincided with another big push in the media about the single use plastic issue and ocean pollution. They say every bit of plastic that was ever made still exists – somewhere. The irony of gardeners, nature lovers, producing a material which is not digestible by the earth makes me ponder the plastic plant pot issue which plagues the industry.

How To Create A Mindful Garden? Just Be Mindful.

Mindfulness is still a hot topic, but why is the garden the best place to practice mindfulness? And how do you make your garden a mindful one?

Victorian Garden Ideas – Biddulph Grange

Victorian Garden Ideas – Biddulph Grange

What to do with my victorian garden? Ideas from Biddulph Grange….We may have different ideas today about our outside spaces but here are a few ideas worth stealing….

Create your own Prairie – Pensthorpe style

Create your own Prairie – Pensthorpe style

Back in August I visited Piet Oudolfs, Millennium Garden at Pensthorpe Natural Park in Norfolk. It had been on the wish list for a long, long time and it was well worth the journey. Huge swathes of colour & texture guide you around the garden down to the lake, and you can see the parallels to other […]