Greenhouse effect: raising soil temperature using a warming pad.So, for a fraction of the price of a greenhouse, I’ve been trying out BioGreen’s rubberised warming pads as a new solution.
Rosa ‘Starlight Symphony’ has good resistance to disease.Photograph: Gap Photos
Plant this Take advantage of the current bare-root planting season to add a rose to your garden.
As an ethnobotanist, I am forever fascinated by how we have come to eat the crops we do.In fact, 60% of the calories that fuel humanity come from the seeds of just three grass species: wheat, rice and corn.
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‘There are some very convincing plastic plants now.’
Photograph: JaCrispy/Alamy Stock Photo
Low-maintenance, evergreen lushness and an instant garden – it is easy to see why the sale of plastic plants is bursting into life.
The luxurious beauty of a fourposter bed.From Veere Grenney's On Decorating (Rizzoli, 2018)
The Indian guest bedroom at Veere's house, the Gazebo, in Tangier, with Moroccan embroidered curtains and hand-stenciled walls by Alistair Erskine.
Light without fire: the medium spicy Fairy lights.With literally hundreds of varieties, in an almost infinite variety of flavour, use and spice-level, I believe there must be a chilli for everyone – even people who think they don’t like chillies!
‘Joyous blooms’: Calendula officinalis ‘Art Shades’.Photograph: Dorling Kindersley ltd/Alamy Stock Photo
This summer I’ve a wedding to grow flowers for: my own.
‘Kifli’: a high-yielding salad potato.Photograph: GAP Photos//FhF Greenmedia
Plant this Dark-leaved elder (Sambucus nigra f.
“In winter it’s difficult with the light, and plants need light,” she says.
Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’ makes a dramatic winter picture.Photograph: Gap Photos
Plant this Looking for something showy for your garden this month?
Living shelf: despite their relatively low carbon footprint, there are still ways to make houseplants more sustainable.Photograph: Hugo Goudswaard/Alamy
I have been getting loads of questions about the sustainability of houseplants recently.
Standing tall: Allan gazes up at the highest of the sunflowers.Photograph: Allan Jenkins
By the time you read this I will be in hospital.
My winter houseguests – the citrus trees, chillies and numerous other tender things that have to come in from the cold – have snuck in some unwanted extras: aphids and mealybugs.That is until your whole plant is covered in fluff and turning pale.
Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ in May.Photograph: Alamy
Plant this Make the most of tree-planting season to add a native species to your garden.
Dry run: keep cacti and succulents close to a window and don’t overdo the watering in winter.Trust me, under the right conditions killing cacti and succulents is really quite easy, at least eventually.