How to Rescue Neglected Houseplants

In this article, we will tell you what to do if your houseplant has been neglected for a while. We all have been guilty of this as in our busy lives, we have forgotten to look after our indoor greenery. Often problems we see in our houseplants are not due to pests, but due to the wrong light, watering issues, wrong location or a lack of fertilizer.

Some houseplants owners will overindulge in their care of houseplants, whilst others will forget to look after them. Plants need consistency …

How to Maintain Your Fruit Trees and Fruit Bushes

In this article, we will discover what to do once your fruit trees and fruit bushes have been planted.  Once you have planted your fruit trees, fruit bushes and canes you cannot rest on your laurels, as still there is plenty to do.

After all, that time spent in planting them, staking them, tying them in, it is now time to look after the plant, as you cannot let them grow by themselves.

The most important routine that you must get right is to how to water and …

Problem Solving for Growing Seedlings- Avoid the Pitfalls

In this article, we will discuss what to do when your seedlings are not doing well. They are growing too long and floppy, they may look sickly, or not generally doing very well.

In this article, you will find out what can be done to stop and prevent seed germination and seedling growth problems. With this little handy guide, you will know what to do if your seed germination does not go as expected. So do not panic if your seeds fail to germinate or suffers from some …

How to Harvest and Store your Fruits

In this article, we will talk about how to harvest your home-grown fruit, how to determine it is ready to harvest and what to do to store your little treasures.

We, home-grown gardeners, work hard throughout the growing season and when harvest time comes the reward of all the hard work comes to fruition and you can enjoy them. Most fruits are best eaten straight picked from the tree, shrub or canes, ideally within hours. After all, it is the main reason we grow them but often there …

How to Grow and Get the Best from your Scheffleras

In this article, we will discuss how to grow and get the best from your Scheffleras, a popular houseplant. Schefflera make a wonderful leafy houseplant and a great addition to any home.

Schefflera is a genus of flowering plants that belong to the family Araliaceae, where up to 900 species are known to exist. Most are trees and shrubs that grow up to 20m in height with beautiful palmate, long, shiny, oval leaves that droop from a central stem, thus resembling an umbrella.

Scheffleras are not frost hardy …

Creating Water Plants in Buckets

In this article, we will discover how to use shiny metal buckets to plant your water plants in. Of all the water features that I have discussed from bubble fountains, water containers, planting marginals, bog plants in containers, this is the simplest.

All you need is a bucket and a plant. Shiny metal buckets that can hold water is a wonder in the garden, as they have reflective surfaces that suggest it contains water and it shows it at its best. So what is not …

Making your own Hypertufa Container- Create your own Container

In this article, we will be discussing how to create a hypertufa container. In a previous article on stone containers I discussed hypertufa and how it can be used to make containers, I barely touched the subject in that article but now it is the time to discuss how to do it properly.

As said in that article stone containers are delightful in the garden but they are expensive, it is easy to make a fake stone mixture that can be used to mould your own container; it …

How to Create a Bog Garden in a Half-Barrel

In this article, we will discuss how to create a specific bog garden in a half-barrel. In a previous article, I talked about how to have a bog garden in full sun and shade, discussing how to create one and what plants to use.  I will take this further in this article and talk about how to create a specific bog garden that uses plants and other important features.

Bog plants make an ideal feature in containers and tend to look their best when full of beautiful …

How to Grow and to Get the Best from your Pileas

In this article, we will be discussing the best way to grow your pileas. We will discuss what the best growing conditions are, what the best varieties to grow and what the pitfalls this plant can suffer from.

Pileas are very attractive plants that are grown for their leaves that are often interestingly marked and are textured. No matter what pilea you buy they tend to be easy to grow. Let us delve further into more about this wonderful houseplant.


Pilea is a large group …

Creating a Marginal Pond in a Barrel

In this article, we discuss how to create a marginal pond garden in a barrel. Often we want plants that are a bit different and often not seen in your garden. One of these is marginal pond plants as they need water to survive. You think at first that it is impossible to have marginals in a container. Well, I am going to dismiss that thought and help you create your own marginal pond garden.


Although I will be …