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Each month, receive tips on the top jobs needed in your garden as well as a wealth of information on a range of gardening topics. From sowing seeds to picking fruit, each month get access to information on the care and maintenance of your flowerbeds, vegetable plot and lawn. As with your own gardening diary, the journal is split into separate sections, each covering a different area of garden care.

Monday 30 May 2022

This Month in Your Garden - June

‘June brings tulips, lilies, roses, fills the children’s hands with posies...’– Sara Coleridge 

A warm and sunny patch in the garden that is not serving any other purpose will make a great place to plant up to attract pollinators. Filled with Salvia, Verbena, Geranium, Allium, Thyme, the choice is yours from a host of plants that attract the honeybees and the entertaining hover flies. 

The Lawncare Guide - June

A weed is a plant growing in the wrong place 

The long range UK weather forecast tells us we could be in for a fair bit of rain throughout June (as it stands at the moment) and the month will get progressively warmer. So, while that encourages the grass to grow, the weeds in the lawn can also proliferate. A weed may be defined simply as a plant growing out of place or where it’s not wanted, but to the proud lawn owner, it’s undesirable and needs to be eradicated.

Lawn Care: Questions & Answers

Q. I know I need to use fertiliser on my lawn but when should I spread it and what type should I use?

The Vegetable Plot - June

Organic matters

A well prepared vegetable bed with lots of organic matter dug in is all you need to plant out celery, celeriac and outdoor ridge cucumbers early this month. The organic matter helps to retain water as well as supplying nutrients. You may have already started earlier in the season by sowing most of your brassicas, but you can still sow turnips, kohl rabi and calabrese now for an autumn crop. And sowing is what you can do a lot of in June if you want a bumper vegetable harvest. 

The Big Glut - June

Broad bean spaghetti with Pecorino 

Use those fresh broad beans. Recipe from House & Garden. 


  • 1kg broad beans (weight in pods)
  • 450g spaghetti
  • 50g butter
  • 75g pecorino, grated

Tuesday 3 May 2022

This Month in Your Garden - May

May, more than any month of the year wants us to feel most alive. Fennel Hudson

Step back to the time of the Roman Republic at the beginning of May and you would find the Floralia or Festival of Flora, who was the Roman goddess of flowers. The tradition has found its way down the centuries to our May Day, a fitting public holiday for many and a celebration of the beginning of summer.

The Lawncare Guide - May

The green, green grass of home 

It has been pretty dry for a while in many areas, so leaving the grass cut a little higher will help it through drier spells. It creates a barrier against sun and wind. Otherwise you will probably be cutting at least once a week or as the grass growth dictates and gradually lowering the cutting height to the desired summer cut.

Lawn Care: Questions & Answers

Q. We have small, circular reddish brown spots on the lawn. This happened last year as well, but disappeared in the autumn. Now it’s back. 

The Vegetable Plot - May

Succession for success

You can have a continual supply of lettuce, carrots and onions from spring until autumn and even beyond with succession sowing. By staggering crop propagation, you can extend the harvest season and it need not be complicated, but does require a bit of planning. 

The Big Glut - May

Asparagus and quinoa salad with peas and broad beans

This Delicious Magazine vegan recipe is from Gill Meller’s cookbook, ROOT STEM LEAF FLOWER. 


  • 12-16 asparagus spears
  • 500g broad beans, podded
  • 150g quinoa, rinsed
  • 300g peas, podded if fresh, or frozen
  • 6-8 spring onions, trimmed and sliced into 1cm pieces
  • Small handful chives, finely chopped (plus chive flowers to garnish if you can find them)
  • Small handful each flatleaf parsley and mint leaves, finely chopped, plus a few whole leaves to garnish
  • Handful lovage or parsley leaves, picked and finely chopped, plus a few left whole to garnish
  • A few fennel tops (optional)
  • Squeeze of lemon