How to grow tomatoes

There is no disputing that tomatoes are a wonderful and versatile food that is healthy, full of nutrients, and delicious. More and more people are opting to grow their own fruit and vegetables more now than ever before, you simply cannot beat fresh homegrown produce.

If you would like to start growing your own tomatoes, first you must consider which variety you want. If you are looking for salad tomatoes then Sungold is a great option or if you are wanting to make passata or ketchup then Roma is a great choice for you.

Once you have chosen your variety follow these steps.

1. Sow the seeds indoors in March.

2. Keep your seedlings moist and in a sunny spot.

3. Plant out, two feet apart, in a sunny location after the risk of frost has passed.

4. Feed when fruits start appearing

5. Harvest from July as they turn red

Things to consider before setting up a vegetable patch

So, you have decided that its time to start growing vegetables in your garden. Vegetables provide valuable nutrients to your diet and it can’t be disputed that fresh home-grown vegetables taste amazing! Before you set up there are a couple of things you will need to consider.

You will need to pick the best location for your new veggie patch and will need to consider how big or little you want it to be.

You can easily grow vegetables even if you only have a small amount of space. You can grow them in containers or in a raised bed if you are really limited in space and of course you can have your vegetable patch as big as you like.

For the location you must pick a light airy spot which has limited shade. Most of the grow at home vegetables really love sun and need it to thrive.

Once you have figured out the location and size you can get to work buying the materials you will need to set up and of course your chosen vegetable choice.

How to reduce weeds

Keeping weeds under control in your garden can be a time-consuming task but is essential to keep your garden in perfect shape. Although the initial stage of pulling pesky weeds can be somewhat satisfying it soon becomes a chore. Simply following a few basic steps can reduce weeds and keep your garden looking great.

– Avoid soil disturbance – disturbing your soil can lead to a break out of fresh weeds, if you need to disturb your soil make sure you fill with plants or mulch.

– Cut the source – use a sharp knife with a narrow blade to slice through the roots rather than digging them out.

– Pull when wet – weeds are far easier to remove after a big downpour. If you can’t pull them, or cut the source – remove the heads to buy some time

– Consider your space – closely placed plants will give shade which will reduce weeds

– Draught – only water the plants you need in hot conditions, avoid watering any weeds.

Benefits of potted plants in your garden

Potted plants can make the world of difference in your garden, especially if you have a relatively low maintenance space or possibly a tiny concreted area to work with. With potted plants, even the smallest of gardens and balconies can enjoy a touch of nature, and there are so many different flowers and plants you can choose from, including those that blossom in spring, winter, autumn and summer.

 

With potted plants, you can keep the space nice and tidy too, whilst they’re so easy to grow and nurture, and if the weather gets a bit too severe, you can always bring them inside to ensure they survive. These are just two of the reasons why potted plants are so popular in the UK, but a third and final reason is that they’re very affordable too. You can buy already developed plants in pots from gardening stores and you only need to have a little peak in the sale section to discover a complete collection of plants at very low prices.

 

Decorating your garden trees

With Christmas not too far away now, we’d like to focus on a festive theme today; decorating the trees in your garden. Whether you have a tall oak tree, a selection of hedges and shrubs or a fabulous conifer tree that’s perfect for Christmas, you should always try to add a few decorations. There are many Christmas tree ornaments that are suitable for outdoors such as those made of wood and metal, but it’s the lights that are going to have the biggest impact. With outdoor trees, you want a good selection of twinkle lights to weave in between the branches, and we’d recommend you go for solar powered because it’s easier and it will, of course, save you a considerable sum on electricity. You can light up your house like the house in “Home Alone” and really get into the festive spirit. Get some lights and decorations on the trees in your garden today.

Love your garden all year round

As garden lovers, we want to spend as much time outdoors as possible, but sometimes the British weather can make this difficult all year round. Don’t let the rain stop you from relaxing in your garden, all you need to do is add a summer shed to sit back in.

Ironically a summer shed isn’t just for the summer, but of course, it is a little more pleasant during the warmer months. Adding a summer house to your back garden will create an area of shelter that you can personalise and make your own.

There is no need to worry about getting cold either, as all you need to do is add a small heating system to take the nip out of the air. You could add electric to your summer house to add a heater or alternatively use a gas heater instead.

Style your summer house however you like, adding seating, shelves and a table. Sit back and relax as you look out to your garden from a different view.

Keeping your greenhouse free of pests this winter

A greenhouse needs to be maintained all year round to get the best growth of your crops and plants inside. Winter, in particular, is a more difficult season to maintain your greenhouse.

As well as internal temperature control and ventilation, you need to make sure you keep the pests at bay during the winter months. Small slugs and snails are drawn to the warm interior of a greenhouse compared to staying outside in the cold and frosty weather.

Remember to check all of your crops and plants to make sure they have not been contaminated by slugs, snails or any other pests. Contamination of your greenhouse can result in poor growth of your plants and even cause them to die. Make sure you have adequate pesticide in your greenhouse and on your plants. You can also apply slug repellent to keep these away from the crops and plants within the greenhouse.

The basics of gardening

There are some basic tools and techniques you need to know when you first start maintaining your garden. So many young people leave home and move into a new house only to find they don’t know the slightest bit about gardening. If that sounds like you don’t worry we’re here to help.

 

Cutting the grass is obviously one of the easiest yet most important tasks. With a basic lawnmower, you move up and down the lawn in stripes, whilst a strimmer can be used to tidy the edges of the lawn, such as where it meets the patio or pathway. Another essential skill is watering, and even in the UK with lots of rain all year round, there will be times when you need to keep plants alive with a good covering of water. The third and final basic skill you need to know is planting. A little understanding of soil and plant types can go a long way, and without planting any flowers it will be pretty difficult to create a unique style in your garden. Master all of these and you’ll be one step in the right direction.

Maintaining your own greenhouse

When it comes to maintaining your own greenhouse, there are a few important factors you need to consider to keep your plants in the optimum environment for growth. Having a greenhouse means you can effectively grow plants all year round as you have full control on the internal environment of the greenhouse, most importantly the temperature.

Keeping your greenhouse at the best temperature to help the plants grow in is important. As the weather outside changes, the internal environment should stay the same all year round. You can control the internal temperature by opening or closing air vents, adding a heater, and creating more or less direct sunlight to the house.

Another vital factor that can affect plant life in a greenhouse is pests. It is important to keep pests away from your greenhouse by thoroughly checking all plants and crops that enter, and always apply pest repent onto your plants.

Create the perfect flower bed for your garden

With the summer in full swing, there is no better time to be out in the garden. If you love the idea of a garden full of flowers, you may want to consider creating your own flower bed.

Garden flowerbeds can be made into whichever shape or size that suits your needs, however a popular location is along the edges of the garden forming a beautiful frame to the lawn. Some considerations need to be made in regards to the location of the flowerbed, this includes sunlight exposure, rainfall and the quality of the ground/ soil.

Once you have decided on the best location you can start preparing the area, with a protective lining to stop any weeds and fresh soils to help optimise plant grow.

Plant your chosen flowers and bulbs and watch them bloom throughout the summer. If your flowerbed is looking a little bare, try adding some Gypsophila to fill out any spaces.

Bulbs can be grown in hanging baskets, borders and containers to give life to beautiful garden blooms. Planting bulbs in the right way is essential to giving them the best start in life. Bulbs should be fresh – they should feel firm and solid – and they should be planted in well-draining soil, with just the right amount of sunlight when the shoots come through.


Bulbs are planted by gardeners to grow flowers of many different varieties, from begonias and freesias, to crocuses and alliums. Garden bulbs that are planted in the right spot and given the best growing conditions will have the best chances of flourishing. If bulbs are healthy and fresh when planted, there’s no reason why they won’t grow into strong, healthy plants and flowers.


Looking after a lawn is essential to keep it fresh, green and healthy. It’s useful to establish a good system of lawn care, complete with scarifying, watering, spreading top dressing and sowing additional grass seeds if needed. Laying the right turf in the first place is a good first step to having a lawn that’s in excellent condition.


Bulbs can be grown in hanging baskets, borders and containers to give life to beautiful garden blooms. Planting bulbs in the right way is essential to giving them the best start in life. Bulbs should be fresh – they should feel firm and solid – and they should be planted in well-draining soil, with just the right amount of sunlight when the shoots come through.


Bulbs are planted by gardeners to grow flowers of many different varieties, from begonias and freesias, to crocuses and alliums. Garden bulbs that are planted in the right spot and given the best growing conditions will have the best chances of flourishing. If bulbs are healthy and fresh when planted, there’s no reason why they won’t grow into strong, healthy plants and flowers.


Looking after a lawn is essential to keep it fresh, green and healthy. It’s useful to establish a good system of lawn care, complete with scarifying, watering, spreading top dressing and sowing additional grass seeds if needed. Laying the right turf in the first place is a good first step to having a lawn that’s in excellent condition.


Many domestic gardens are underused. Although a garden adds value to a home, it’s not always easy to use it all year round, and homeowners aren’t always gardeners. Domestic gardens can be much improved with quality turf, or by growing different plants, flowers, shrubs and trees. Patio areas can be created using decking, with an awning as a beautiful covering.