Gabriel Ash Blog

A is for... Apple Day

October is the month for English apples and a good summer this year means there should be plenty available. It’s also a good time to seek out and try some of the varieties which aren’t sold in the shops. There are over 2,000 apple varieties, yet supermarkets usually only carry around 6 of them at a time.

by Michelle Chapman in Gardening - 17 October 2014

The 10 Mistakes Most Gardeners Will Make

Planting a garden is exciting and can be a very rewarding pastime. However, there are a number of mistakes that novice gardeners can make which can render the experience more challenging. Here are ten of the most common and handy tips on how to avoid them.

by Gabriel Ash in Gardening - 12 August 2014

The Fruits of My Labour

It’s the height of summer now and my allotment is in full bloom. Several years ago I decided to dedicate a patch of ground to growing my own cut flowers. I was bored with the choice of flowers on offer at the supermarket and florists, I was no longer happy about buying imported blooms and the environmental impact of growing and transporting them, and I thought it would be fun to give growing my own a try.

by Louise Curley in Gardening - 5 August 2014

Greenhouse vs Coldframe

Greenhouses are a familiar feature in many gardens, and they offer a number of advantages. Some plants will only grow with the heat of a greenhouse, and others do a lot better in this environment or are simply more likely to grow when started off this way.

by Gabriel Ash in Gardening - 28 July 2014

Five Herbs that like Heat

If you'd like to squeeze a few treats in with the tomatoes and cucumbers, then there are some tropical herbs that thrive in hot and humid conditions.

by Emma Cooper in Growing - 22 May 2013