How to Grow and Get the Best from your Calatheas

In this article, we will be discussing how to grow and get the best from your calatheas. Calatheas are plants that are grown for their beautiful, colourful leaves that will certainly brighten your home, especially if you get the growing conditions right.

They tend to be more trouble than other houseplants but this does not mean that you cannot grow them, especially if you get the watering right. You will find out in this article, how to grow calatheas, the best growing conditions, the varieties to grow and …

How to Grow and to Get the Best from your Dracaenas

In this article, we will be discussing how to grow and to get the best from your dracaenas. Dracaenas are wonderful large growing foliage plants that often arching with colourful leaves and an upright habit. Dracaena are popular houseplants that originate from Asia.

The name itself shows how much the plant is wrapped up in ancient mythology, as the name is derived from the Greek ‘Drakaina’ meaning female dragon. This is because it is thought that the resin that flows in dracaenas look like dragon blood. Strange as …

Baltic Worm Castings- Is it Useful in the Garden?

Name of Product: Baltic Worm Casting Natural Top Soil Builder and Improver

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Product Dimensions: 26.01cm x 23.5cm x 7.4cm

Shipping Weight: 2.78kg

My Score: 9/10

In this article, we will be discussing if you should use worm castings in your garden. In a previous article, I reviewed wormeries where the main product of worm cast is made by your own fair hands.

To some, this can be a difficult process taking a lot of time and effort. It is also very messy …

Is Volcanic Rock Dust Worthwhile in the Garden- A Review

 Name of Product: Remin Volcanic Rock Dust Soil and Compost Remineraliser

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Product Dimensions: 49cm x 39cmx19cm

Shipping Weight: 21.06kg

My Score: 5/10

In this article, we will be discussing if the gardener needs rock dust on their garden. Will the product benefit it in any way by using it or is it a lot of hot air.

Rock dust is a very popular soil additive to some gardeners who swear by it, whilst for others, they are less convinced. It has …

Do Copper Bands Really Deter slugs?

In this article, we continue our quest to deal with slug and snails in the garden and to see if copper bands are effective in this regard. They are such huge problems that often you wonder why you garden when these pests start to eat the leaves of your flowers and vegetables. They are such a nuisance I know.

I know gardening is addictive but you are still a glutton for punishment.  You cannot resist the beautiful flowers or those prize-winning vegetables. In past articles, I have reviewed …

How to Grow and Get the Best from your Anthuriums

In this article, we will be discussing how to grow and get the best from your anthurium houseplants. Anthuriums tend to be grown for their sparkling ‘flowers’ that can last for months, but it can be easily grown for their large deep green, glossy leaves of many forms. They are from the family Araceae (the arum family).

I will tell you a secret, the flowers are not flowers but the red, white, pink or purple are leaves called spathes that come from the base of the plant, where …

Slug Beer Traps- Are they Worth Getting slugs and Snails Drunk over them?

Name of Product: PonZE Home Series 12 x Beer Slug and Snail Safe Simple Easy Traps.

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What You Get: 12 Top of the Range Garden Slug and Snail Traps.

My Score: 6.5/10

In this article, we will be reviewing if beer traps are effective in the garden to deal with these bothersome pests. I have talked about slug and snails in the past from using iron phosphate pellets, slug deterrent matting and plants that slugs and snails do not prefer to

Begonia as a Houseplant- Growing this Colourful Plant

In this article, we will be discussing how to grow begonia as a houseplant. Anybody who is familiar with outdoor plants, know about begonias as beautiful bedding plants but many varieties can be grown indoors.

In fact, begonias are a popular houseplant, where some are grown for their blooms, whilst others are grown for their elegant, colourful leaves. In this article, we will talk about how to look after these plants and the varieties to grow in the home.


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Using Metal and Wirework Containers in your Garden

In this final part, we discuss the use of metal and wirework container in your garden. We will talk about how this versatile material of construction can be used to great effect in the garden. In the past, articles on terracotta, plastic, wood, glazed pottery and stoneware have been discussed but now to complete the available materials, we will concentrate on this shiny material.


At first sight, metal sounds such an unlikely material to use to make containers from, but this …

Using Stoneware and Concrete Containers in the Garden

In this article, we will be discussing what stone and concrete containers can be used in the garden as we continue our journey in the materials of construction that can be used. So far I have talked about terracotta, plastic, wooden and glazed pottery and the next logically material to highlight is stone, cement and concrete, a totally different kettle of fish to the others.


The biggest problem with real stone containers such are horse troughs, animal feeding bowls and Butler’s sinks are they …