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10 more great gardening blogs

04 May 2017

It’s the time of year when our gardens get busy. But are you stuck for ideas and inspiration? We’ve found ten more great gardening blogs to get your green fingers going. Get clicking, then get digging.

The propagator blog

propagator blog's heated bench
The propagator's heated bench gets put to good use
Image: The Propagator

If propagating is your thing, this blog charts the successes, failures and experiments of a man on a mission to propagate like crazy throughout 2017.

What do you do when you find you have ‘a bunch of procrastinators’? Seeds that just won’t germinate. If you’re The Propagator you get stuck into some research. His conclusion? ‘Seems I am guilty of treating all my children seeds the same.’ Check out the Propagator’s list of problem germinators, which comes complete with instructions for what to do to encourage that all important sprouting 

Peonies and posies

peonies & posies cherry blossoms
Julie’s beautiful pink cherry blossoms have come into bloom
Image: Peonies and Posies

‘This week my garden is overflowing with spring loveliness’, says gardener and blogger, Julie King. We’re talking tulips, the first of the anemones, and spirea ‘Arguta’, otherwise known as Bridal Wreath – and that’s just for starters.

Julie’s stunning photography captures all these lovely blooms as, through her blog Peonies and Posies, she tells the seasonal tale of her quintessentially English garden. This is a blog for all you romantics out there.

Lavender hedge

If you’d like to know more about growing about basic garden produce like potatoes, you’ve come to the right place. Ever heard of ‘chitting’? Blog author Debbie shares tips about the best way to prepare seed potatoes for planting.

A self-confessed plantaholic who draws her inspiration is the late BBC Gardener’s World presenter, Geoff Hamilton, Debbie is a flower-arranger, garden designer and garden photographer, with a practical bent. Wondering what you’ll do with all your apples this autumn? Debbie’s Dorset Apple Cake looks delicious.  

Growing nicely

If you’re into garden design you’ll find plenty on this blog to inspire you. Not only did blogger Jill Anderson study horticulture & garden design, she also designed and helped to build two show gardens at The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Want a garden that looks great right though the summer and into the autumn? Check out  Jill’s post on late summer colours in the garden. She recommends plants like Rudbeckia, Goldsturm and sedum flowers. Looks wonderful.

Ellen Mary gardening

chestnut farm, west beckham
A beautiful sight from Ellen’s visit to Chestnut Farm in West Beckham
Image: Ellen Mary Gardening

Ellen Mary is as busy as the bees in her garden. She’s a columnist for Places and Faces and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, a trustee of Anglia in Bloom, and patron of Filby and District Gardening Club. Clearly, here’s a lady who loves nothing better than to inspire people to get into gardening.

There’s plenty on Ellen’s blog to get your teeth into. Learn how to grow and cook anything from Celeriac and Jerusalem Artichoke, to the humble Brussels sprout, with regular articles following a single vegetable from cradle to plate.

Noel’s garden

As a writer, researcher, teacher and lecturer, Noel Kingsbury is a man on a mission to stop the decline in the teaching of gardening skills. If you want to know more about gardening, Noel’s blog is a great place to start.

Giving the visitor fair warning that he can ‘sometimes express unfashionable thoughts’, Noel’s writing is thought provoking and enlightening – like this post on William Robinson, who in 1871 published The Wild Garden. Incredible to think that Robinson was a big fan of Japanese knotweed...

Sally Nex 

sally nex's greenhouse lemons
Sally’s lemons kept her greenhouse in colour throughout January
Image: Sally Nex

Sally’s gardening obsession began with a few peas and beans she planted in her back garden. With her first harvest came the revelation you can actually eat this stuff, and it tastes great. Her tiny  garden has since given way to an allotment, and now to an acre of former chalk quarry in the Blackdown Hills.

If you’ve ever wondered about which plant can help with circulation (hawthorn berries) or eczema (chickweed), then you need to read Sally’s blog post, Garden Words: Purely for medicinal purposes. Sally now writes on gardening for both The Guardian and Gardener’s World, proof that mighty oaks from acorns (or runner beans) do grow. 

Sunday Gardener

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The first bee of spring, clinging onto a Rhododendron
Image: Sunday Gardener

Concerned about the fate of our bees? You must read Carol’s post: Bees are not just for summer. Early flowering plants are so important for solitary bees as they emerge from hibernation. The Sunday Gardener, Carol Bartlett, shares her wealth of gardening knowledge with her readers on this wonderfully informative blog.

If you have a plant you’re not sure about, we recommend you give Carol’s plant identification service a try. Just attach a photo and she’ll try to work it out. Got a gardening question? Email blogger Carol and she’ll get back to you. Or for great gardening tips, why not  subscribe to her monthly newsletter, “Sunday in the Garden”? Carol’s blog is a wonder source of advice and info.

Richard Jackson’s garden

Ever wrestled with the question of to mow or not to mow? Award-winning garden owner, Geoff Stonebanks, tackles the great lawn question, concluding that with a small garden you should at least consider the alternatives. No more mowing? We like that.

The team of professional gardeners behind this blog, is more than happy to answer your questions. Ever wondered when exactly spring can be said to have sprung? In Cornwall, the deciding factor is the The Cornish Bloomometer. Spring has arrived when the first Magnolia Campbellii puts out fifty or more blooms. Who knew?

Lou J Nicholls

lilac suckers
Suckers: a beautiful problem to have
Image: Lou J Nicholls

How do you stop common garden pests in their tracks? Check out blogger Louise’s post, Bugging out! The bad guys! Got a cabbage white invasion? You need a fine mesh to protect your plants. Under attack from asparagus beetle? Learn to make use of its natural predators.

Louise Nicholls started out in jewellery design, and is now a Head Gardener who describes herself as horticulturist, blogger, photographer, garden consultant, lecturer & trainer, with a passion to teach others how to do stuff in the garden.

How do you solve a problem like Lilac suckers? Prevention is better than cure, says Louise, and the key could well be reducing stress on the plant.

Are you a garden blogger? Or do you have a favourite gardening blog? Let us know on our Facebook page - we’d love to have a look.

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