Topping Tomatoes

Topping Tomatoes

You may hear people talk about topping tomatoes, but what is this? Topping the plant is when you remove the growing tip late in the season. You simply snip the whole top section of the plant out so it will no longer grow upwards. Why Do We Do This? Well, as it actually happens, I…

How To Prune Basil

How To Prune Basil

If you prune your basil plant correctly you will end up with a huge bushy plant that gives you lots of leaves and never goes to flower. But how do you prune a basil plant correctly? Read on to find out. Topping Basil The first stage of pruning basil is to top it. This is…

Tickling Toms

Tickling Toms

Did you know that giving your tomato flowers a good tickle can lead to higher yields? Here’s how. Increase Fruit Production Hand-pollinating tomato flowers can significantly increase fruit production. Tomato plants rely on wind or insects, like bees, for natural pollination. However, certain factors, such as a lack of air movement or few pollinators (in…

Pruning Brassicas

Pruning Brassicas

Everyone knows they should prune their tomatoes and raspberries, but not everyone knows about pruning brassicas, but there are good reasons why you should. Let’s get into it! Why Prune Brassicas As your plants grow, the older leaves will start to yellow and die; this is just one thing that happens as brassicas age. At…

Why Do Veg Plants Bolt? & What Can You Do About It?

Why Do Veg Plants Bolt? & What Can You Do About It?

Bolting refers to the sudden production of flowers in a vegetable plant. This process leads to the formation of seeds, which eventually causes the desired growth of the vegetable to stop. Essentially, bolting in vegetable plants begins the reproductive process, sometimes called the plant “going to seed.” In vegetable plants, bolting is a natural and…

Best Flowers for Hanging Baskets

Best Flowers for Hanging Baskets

Choose Flowers with a Trailing Growth Habit When selecting flowers for your hanging basket, choosing flowers with a trailing growth habit is important. These flowers will spill over the sides of the basket and create a beautiful cascading effect. Some popular trailing flowers for hanging baskets include petunias, million bells (calibrachoa), and trailing lobelia. These…

How to Keep Hanging Baskets Flowering All Summer Long!

How to Keep Hanging Baskets Flowering All Summer Long!

Hanging baskets can bring life and colour to outdoor spaces throughout the summer months. However, maintaining their constant flowering can be a challenge for many gardeners. Larger Hanging Baskets This is something that is often overlooked when it comes to hanging baskets, but something that I feel is very important. The larger the hanging basket…

Fertilising Pumpkins for Bumper Harvests!

Fertilising Pumpkins for Bumper Harvests!

Pumpkins are an autumn staple; many enjoy growing them in gardens and allotments. However, growing pumpkins can be challenging (particularly in the UK), requiring proper care and attention to produce a big harvest. Fertilising pumpkins is crucial to ensure a healthy plant and a successful harvest. Pumpkins require many nutrients to grow, and fertilisers provide…

4 Great Reasons to Grow Nasturtiums in Your Veg Garden

4 Great Reasons to Grow Nasturtiums in Your Veg Garden

Nasturtiums are versatile and easy-to-grow plants that can provide a range of benefits to your vegetable garden. Here are some of the main reasons to consider growing nasturtiums alongside those veggies. 1. Attracting Pollinators One of the most significant benefits of growing nasturtiums is their ability to attract pollinators. Nasturtiums are excellent at attracting pollinators…