UK Gardening

Gardening - Mind and Matter?

Heather Budge-Reid | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Heather Budge-Reid

Horticultural therapy is a proven way of helping people with a range of mental health problems and it uses gardening to meet specific therapeutic or rehabilitative goals. In Gardening Leave's case, we help the men and women who serve our country, specifically the 20% of Armed Forces veterans who face a mental health issue.

How To Grow Fresh Tomatoes At Home

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There's no better way to celebrate British Tomato Week than to try your hand at growing some tomatoes of your own. And the good news is that you do...

Lifehack: The Zero Maintenance Garden for Gardening Haters

Darcey Garland | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Darcey Garland

I need low maintenance, NO maintenance that will not drag mud inside and will only need half an hour per year of tending. And hey presto, if you're really keen on labour-saving gardens; I found just the thing.

How to Choose the Right Hedge for an Urban Garden

Gareth James | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth James

Hedges are an attractive addition to an urban garden, providing privacy, shelter and an environmentally-friendly home for local wildlife. But what happens when a hedge outgrows its welcome?

Find, Forage and Feast With an Edible Hedge

Gareth James | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth James

Whether you prefer foraging, cooking or the simple pleasure of 'growing your own', an edible hedge is the perfect way to enjoy fresh food for free. Edible hedges can provide a wide variety of fruits, nuts and herbs, and all it takes is a quick trip to the back garden to top up your supplies.

King Henry VIII Owned World's First Gardening Manual

PA | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK

He is known as one of history's most ruthless rulers but an item from his library poses the question of whether Henry VIII enjoyed a spot of gardening...

Don't Hedge Your Bets: Plant Now for Summer

Gareth James | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth James

Hedges aren't just wildlife-friendly, they're the cement that holds a garden together, that define areas, boundaries and spaces. They're the foundation onto which everything else - flowers, bushes and shrubs - are built.

The Big Allotment Challenge: Is It Starting to Grow on You?

Paul Marshall | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Back for another series, this peculiarly British gardening show wouldn't really work anywhere else in the world. Truth be told, it scarcely works here. Which makes it all the odder why it has returned to our screens.

How To Pick The Right Office Plant

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If your desk looks as dreary as the current weather, it might be time to invest in a potted plant. A new study of European offices has found that p...

So You Want to be a Parent?

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

Thus, my mother had always told me that I had to learn to love cooking before becoming a mum. Not merely to learn to cook, but to learn to love cooking. Her rationale is learning to love cooking is not merely about putting food on the table, but cultivating a mindset where there is a genuine desire to nurture and care for another human being.

How To Grow A Garden Packed With Superfoods

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Green-fingered foodies take note: if your fridge is stocked with the best superfoods that money can buy, then the following advice should certainly be...

This App Can Recognise Any Plant

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Tech

You're walking through the countryside and you see an incredible flower, maybe you're just curious or maybe you're thinking it'd look good in your own...

Rachel Moss

Grow Veg And Sell it To Your Neighbours With This Fantastic Initiative | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you know any avid gardener, at some point you’ll likely be invited round for dinner and leave with a bundle of excess vegetables. But while g...

Garden Capitalism

Tom Johnson | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Tom Johnson

It seems that studying Plato, master of the philosophical analogy has rubbed off on me. In a system in which the interlinking of government and capitalism has created a politically endorsed economy, the original foundations have been oft neglected and I wanted to get back to how, at least in theory, our public and private sectors interlink.

A Multi-Sensory Experience: Creating a Level Playing Field for Disabled People

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lesley-Anne Alexander

The term 'multi-sensory' is thrown around a lot these days, especially by over-enthusiastic marketers who seem keen to convince us that their latest range of crisps or ice cream bars offer more than a calorific treat.

A Gardener's Work Is Never Done...

Kate Gould | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Gould

The bronze Fennel has clearly loved the winter wet and will soon dwarf the Rosa 'Skylark' it is planted with but at the moment the tight buds and blousy flowers of the rose look very pretty against the warm tones and ferny foliage of the Fennel.

Snail Wars

Caragh Little | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

Maybe it's not just about snails. Maybe it's about those things we don't like, and how to deal with them. The bad weather. Ill health. That person nearby who smells or has no manners. Are we meant just to push them well away from us, imposing their toxicity on someone else?

Sustainable Gardening - An Easy Step Towards the Circular Economy

Estelle Brachlianoff | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Estelle Brachlianoff

The Government aims to eliminate peat from the amateur garden market by 2030. We support them in this goal. We are confident that gardeners will also support them, so their gardens can blossom and bloom both for their enjoyment and for many generations to come.

Slugs in the Garden

David Wong | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Wong

Have you been in the garden today? You might have noticed that the slugs have been in the garden too. This is the time of year when the push of fresh young growth promises fruits and flowers to us in the next few months, but to the slugs I imagine that this very moment is their harvest season

How to Revamp a Traditional, Suburban Garden

Jen Stanbrook | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jen Stanbrook

Revamping a garden is pretty much the same as making over any room in your home, where the same rules apply. Ensure you have a theme, or at least a 'hook' that holds your scheme together.

The Sun Is Here at Last - Get Into the Sun and Exercise the Gardening Way

Diana Moran | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Moran

While enjoying yourself in the garden, you are also working all the major muscle groups: legs, buttocks, arms, shoulders, neck, back and abdomen. Gardening tasks that use these muscles build strength and burn calories...

These Beautiful Plants Will Clean The Air In Your Home

Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

House plants are the ultimate in functional decorating. Some well-placed greenery can not only brighten a space but also purify the air -- and they're...

Common Grounds

Caragh Little | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK
Caragh Little

It's St Patrick's weekend in Northern Ireland, and the lawnmowers are limbering up. For a week or two, now, the rainfall has slowed, the birds have been singing for nesting territory, and underpinning their chorus is that lower, guttural sound: the growling of the First Lawnmowers of Spring.

When to Commission a Garden Designer

Philip Nash | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Nash

Answer- anytime- so long as it's at least three months before starting construction works, and, if you want the garden completed by a certain date or season, then also consider the size and potential complexity of your project. So, If you want to be sitting in your new garden this springtime then NOW is the time to find a designer.

A Journey Through the Great Gardens of Europe | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Pounding the streets of Europe can take its toll on tourists, so if you're looking for a tranquil place to relax, take some time out in green spaces where nature can invigorate the body and the soul. The beautiful parks and gardens of Europe are a great way to mix history and leisure...