IF YOU can imagine how Arlene Foster might react were ‘Her Majesty’ to make a surprise visit to the DUP leader’s home, then you’ll begin to get an idea of the uncharacteristic manner in which Monty Don behaved when Jimi Blake visited the Gardeners’ World presenter’s Longmeadow garden last year.
HAVE you have ever wondered why the plants and flowers in your garden always look so much more vibrant and vegetables suddenly seem to grow bigger after rainfall from a thunderstorm? According to science, this happens because electric currents inside the thunderclouds create an electro-magnetic effect on the rainwater, and it is the energised water droplets falling to ground which invigorates plant growth and makes gardens seem to come alive.
WITH reports that neighbours are increasingly at war over invasive bamboo plants spreading out of control, it may be worth considering what other hard-to-get-rid-of species you're unwittingly planting in your garden.
IT BRINGS a whole new twist to the ‘Waiter, there’s fly in my soup’ joke but over recent years scientists have been exploring the potential of adding insects to the human diet as a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to mammal and poultry meat.
AS the scourge of plastic continues within the gardening industry, with an estimated 500 million black plastic plant pots in use in the UK each year, surely the least we can do is seek eco-friendly alternatives in which to raise our seedlings.
THERE’S a lot to be said for hiring a garden designer and contractors to transform your garden over a relatively short period, ensuring you're equipped with the trendiest plants and hippest hard landscaping.