How to Deal with Common Pests and Diseases Found in the Garden

In this article, we will discuss effective treatments to deal with common pests and diseases found in the garden. In a previous article, I have discussed why it is important to have a healthy plant but we will still face pests and diseases and in this article, we will discuss the best way to deal with them.



These are soft sap-sucking black, green or whiteflies that are sometimes winged. They weaken and distort growth, whilst carrying viral diseases. They also secrete honeydew that will support the growth of the fungal infection called …

How to Keep Your Plants Healthy

In this article, we will discuss how once you have obtained or reared your plants how to keep them as healthy as possible. I have talked about pests and diseases in the past, but in this article, we are going to talk about what you can do to minimize damage to your plants.

Pests and diseases are part of life for gardeners as they are important actors in the natural cycle of life of decay and death. The arrival of pests and diseases does not need to cause you to go into a panic as it is not a …

How to Save Your Own Seeds- Be a Thrifty Gardener

In this article, we will discuss why and grow you should save your seed.

Most people have lost the ability to save seeds, as this is one of the best ways to save money, the question is why should you buy seeds when you can save your own?

The problem is that in the last 50 years or so gardeners have gradually turned from seed gathers and savers to buying commercial seeds.


This is because most seeds you buy are crosses of two or more parent plants, and therefore will not breed …

How to Prune to Manipulate Plants

In this article, we will be discussing how to prune perennials so that the plant can be manipulated for your benefit. Try using these techniques so that you can extend or renew blooming, encourage new lush growth, reduce the plant height, keep them from becoming invaders and to prevent pests and diseases from taking hold.

In a previous article, I have discussed the rough guide on how to prune plants that included perennials, but in this article, we will go further.


If you have a windy, exposed site such as a roof garden or …

Rough Guide to Pruning-Getting the Basics Right

In this article, we will discover the best way to pruning your plants, a task which every gardener must learn, even container gardeners. The problem is a lot of inexperienced gardeners do it wrong. To understand pruning, you need to know why you need to prune in the first place.

This is done for 3 main reasons:

  •  To remove unhealthy and dead material to make it look better.
  •  To stop a monster from being reared in your garden, so it is kept to a certain size and shape.
  •   and to increase the production of flowers and therefore fruiting.

This can …

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 other ailment.


If seedlings are growing too …

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 is called hypertufa.

It can be used …

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 talking about wooden barrels, you can use any container as long as …

Creating a Miniature Water Lily Pond in a Half-barrel

In this article, we will find out how to create a miniature water lily pond in a half-barrel. Most of us have a tinkering for a pond in our gardens, but not all of us have the room or resources to have one. A potted pond may not have the size of an individual pond but it will satisfy the need for water, as they make a great patio feature.

When you are creating a water lily pond, you will need to place the container in position first, as once filled with plants, water and other feature it will be …

Creating a Water Garden in a Wooden Barrel

In this article, we will discover a simple and easy way to create a water garden in a wooden barrel. Who does not like a water feature in their garden, but some of us do not have the room or resources to have a pond. In this article, you will discover how to create a water garden in a barrel that can hold water lilies, marginal plants, fish and even a fountain.

In a previous article, I have discussed how to create a bubble fountain and a small pebble water feature, but we now extend this to cover creating a …