My Weekly articles:


My Weekly – June 2010


Clever Composting: Don't throw away your kitchen waste, I'll show you which food scraps can be used to make fertiliser.

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Home Composting' is a four-step guide to turning household waste into garden compost.

Published in My Weekly on 12th June 2010.

  My Weekly – May 2010  

Growing Summer Berries: How to grow succulent summer berries in beds, borders and baskets.

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Strawberry Baskets' shows you how to grow strawberries in a hanging basket.

Published in My Weekly on 29th May 2010.

  My Weekly – May 2010  

Blue Haze: Enjoy the peace and tranquility of a cool, blue-toned, scented summer garden.

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Night Scented Stock' is a step-by-step guide to growing this fragrant hardy annual.

Published in My Weekly on 8th May 2010.

  My Weekly – May 2010  

Plants For Every Room: Each room of the house has a different environment - which atmosphere will best suit your plants' needs?

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Cacti & Succulents' is a step-by-step guide to looking after these exotic desert plants.

Published in My Weekly on 1st May 2010.

  My Weekly – March 2010  

A Wildlife Haven: Thoughtful planting will ensure all your favourite butterflies and birds will return year after year.

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Easy Bird Feeders' shows you how to recycle bottles and jar lids to make simple bird feeders.

Published in My Weekly on 20th March 2010.

  My Weekly – March 2010  

Gardening Made Easy: Make some wise choices now and enjoy your garden for years to come without the need of back-breaking work.

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Planting Sea Holly' is a guide to growing this striking evergreen perennial.

Published in My Weekly on 6th March 2010.

  My Weekly – January 2010  

Exotic Elegance: Orchids, orchids everywhere – there are now hundreds of new varieties available that are so simple to grow.

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Moth Orchid Care' shows you how to maintain these popular houseplants in four-easy steps.

Published in My Weekly on 30th January 2010.

  My Weekly – January 2010  

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Planting Primroses' shows you how to add a splash of early spring colour to your garden.

Published in My Weekly on 23rd January 2010.

  My Weekly – December 2009  

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Scented Decorations' explains in four easy steps how to make fragrant ornaments for your Christmas tree.

Published in My Weekly on 19th December 2009.

  My Weekly – November 2009  

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Festive Floral Gifts' shows you how to turn a houseplant into a colourful Christmas present.

Published in My Weekly on 28th November 2009.

  My Weekly – October 2009  

Winter Thrills: As cold weather approaches your garden needn't go to sleep – you can create a riot of colour all winter long.

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Winter Patio Pots' shows you in four simple steps how to plant winter flowering bulbs.

Published in My Weekly on 31st October 2009.

  My Weekly – September 2009  

Grow An Indoor Garden: Turn your conservatory into a lush, green oasis, but plan carefully or you could end up with a dull, brown desert.

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Indoor Pond Plants' is a step-by-step guide to making an indoor water garden.

Published in My Weekly on 19th September 2009.

  My Weekly – July 2009  

10 Fascinating Facts: Interesting and unusual facts on a selection of well known flowers. For instance, crocuses produce the spice saffron, harvested from their stigma. It takes 150,000 crocus flowers to produce one kilogram of dried saffron, making it the most expensive spice in the world.

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Homemade Fertiliser' is a four-step guide to recycling household waste as compost.

Published in My Weekly on 18th July 2009.

  My Weekly – July 2009  

Summer Butterfly Garden: Which species of these beautiful insects are on the increase and which ones have declined in recent years? Let me show you the variety of garden shrubs and flowers you can grow to help them thrive.

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Build an Animal Shelter' is a step-by-step guide to encouraging wildlife to stay in your garden.

Published in My Weekly on 4th July 2009.

  My Weekly – June 2009  

Midsummer Nights: I explore the garden at night time, describing which plants offer fragrance and visual impact after dark, whilst also attracting nocturnal wildlife visitors.

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Create Scent-sations!' is a simple four-step guide to giving your garden a delicious evening fragrance in your garden.

Published in My Weekly on 20th June 2009.

  My Weekly – April 2008  

Butterfly Garden: There are a wide variety of butterflies that will find their way into your garden, given the right encouragement. I detail the type of flowers, trees and shrubs which will lure in some of our most colourful and attractive species.

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Create An Ivy Refuge' is a step-by-step guide to planting an easy to grow climber that's loved by a variety of wildlife, from birds and bees to butterflies.

Published in My Weekly on 19th April 2008.

  My Weekly – March 2008  

Mediterranean Garden: How drought-tolerant plants can be used to great effect, following English Nature's recent advice to gardeners to use more Mediterranean plants which need less water. Plants such as sun roses, sage, sea holly, hardy geraniums, thyme and echinacea flourish even when there is a hose pipe ban.

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Plant A Fragrant Fir' is a step-by-step guide to planting a lemon-scented evergreen conifer in a pot.

Published in My Weekly on 22nd March 2008.

  My Weekly – February 2008  

The Bird Friendly Garden: I explore natural ways of attracting and supporting garden birds. I show how a wildlife garden can supply the three basic requirements of food, water and shelter necessary to accommodate a diverse range of birds in their common habitats.

The 15-Minute Gardener: 'Planting A Pyracantha' is a step-by-step guide to growing this attractive berry-bearing shrub, much loved by garden birds.

Published in My Weekly on 23rd February 2008.