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Planting Broad Beans Now

As broad beans are frost hardy, it’s easy to grow them through the winter, either outside or under the cover of a garden frame. So I’m giving it a go planting them now. I don’t have an enormous amount of space for them in the rather...
by MyGardenSchool on Nov 21, 2010

Planting Broad Beans Now

As broad beans are frost hardy, it’s easy to grow them through the winter, either outside or under the cover of a garden frame. So I’m giving it a go planting them now. I don’t have an enormous amount of space for them in the rather...
by MyGardenSchool on Nov 21, 2010

Top Ten Garden Tasks for Autumn

1. Tidy up! Autumn is a great time for those who love wielding the clippers – all that summer growth will need a trim back now to keep the garden tidy. But many off-cuts will strike well in the humidity right now so think about planting some of you...
by MyGardenSchool on Oct 17, 2010

It’s bulb planting time! What bulbs should I plant for Spring..?

Strictly speaking it’s bulb ordering time – don’t plant them just yet as it may be a little too mild. But you definitely should be making your selections and buying your bulbs now when there is still a good selection available. Aim...
by MyGardenSchool on Sep 22, 2010

10 Cool Gardening Apps for the iPhone

10 Cool Gardening Apps for the iPhone Courtsey of Mashable Those who garden know that timing is everything, and a bountiful crop requires planning and organization. For novice and advanced gardeners alike, there is always something that can be learne...
by MyGardenSchool on Aug 30, 2010

A Magic Moss Garden

A beautiful bowl of moss.  But how is it surviving in this hot weather? Well it’s surviving because it’s Scleranthus not moss!  A beautiful green substitute that looks great spilling over in tubs or bowls. Scleranthus is a small genus i...
by MyGardenSchool on Jun 23, 2010

It’s Bedtime!

The trouble with bedding plants is they can look a bit chav.  Even the term conjures up visions of scary rows of marigolds or petunias.  But if you pick carefully and consider your colour scheme – bedding can be as beautiful as you want it to be.
by MyGardenSchool on Jun 19, 2010

Grow Your Own Drugs

Despite the rather dodgy sounding title – we love James Wong. He’s that cool guy who tells you which plants to grow for medicinal purposes. He is an ‘Ethnobotanist’. Good word! James Wong grew up in Malaysia and Singapore. He...
by MyGardenSchool on Jun 6, 2010

The MyGardenSchool Flickr Group Scores a Century!

We’re celebrating that the MyGardenSchool Flickr Group has now hit over 100 members! And 100s of unique gardening photographs – each telling their own gardening story. Have a browse below and take time out to meander through our members’ garden...
by MyGardenSchool on May 19, 2010

If Statues Could Talk

We love this naughty goblin – submitted by our MyGarden school flickr group member, richwall100.  He has a very special but sad story.  If only statues could talk.. Dedicated to Chris Filed under: Lectures...
by MyGardenSchool on May 11, 2010

THE SECRET ART OF SACRIFICIAL PLANTING

By Simon Eade – our exciting new guest blogger from ‘The Garden of Eaden’! THE SECRET ART OF SACRIFICIAL PLANTING Although the terminology sounds a little blood thirsty, it is in reality a practiced organic method of protecting your...
by MyGardenSchool on Apr 29, 2010

Featured Photograph – Electric Cabbages!

One of our favourite MyGardenSchool Flickr Group Members, fhfgreenmedia, has posted this cool picture of electric cabbages in our Group pool Filed under: Lectures...
by MyGardenSchool on Apr 23, 2010

What to do in the Garden in March – Start Composting

Why Compost? Compost is the perfect free organic food for your garden. It’s the ultimate in recycling that you can do in your own home & garden. It also links your own food chain from your home to your land – putting back nutrients...
by MyGardenSchool on Mar 14, 2010

Spring! Time to go out & visit gardens – Waterperry, Oxfordshire

I first went to Waterperry two years ago – when I was desperate for Spring! Here’s a little video I made, inspired by the rising saps, fiery tulips and and unfurling ferns.. Waterperry is at its best when plants are starting to come to...
by MyGardenSchool on Mar 7, 2010

Good Gardens to take in some Snowdrop Action

February is a wonderful time to visit one of the UK’s many snowdrop collections. Have your camera ready at Benington Lordship in Hertfordshire, where huge drifts of single and double snowdrops carpet the moat of a ruined Norman castle.  Angle...
by MyGardenSchool on Feb 4, 2010


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