Gardeners may come across different types of soil in various parts of the UK, which can have a huge implications on what they are able to grow there. There are things you can do to improve your soil, such as working in organic matter, so you should take these steps over a period of time if you find that you don’t have very high quality soil in your local area.
These are the main types of soil you will find, and how to identify them:
- Clay soil. It will feel very sticky, and hard when dried. You can plant flowers like Bergamot and flowering quince.
- Sandy. This will have fast drainage and be gritty in texture. Tulips and hibiscus might do well in sandy soil.
- Peat soil. It will be dark in colour, and will retain moisture. Try growing heather and witch hazel.
- Silty soil. Smooth and well draining, you can grow Mahonia and ornamental vine.
- Loamy soil. With good structure and drainage, this is the ideal soil. Try growing wisteria or delphinium.
- Chalky soil. With an alkaline pH and stony texture, chalky soil might support lilac and Madonna lily.
It’s easier than you might think to plant and grow strawberries in the UK climate. With a little care and attention, your strawberry plants can thrive, and produce lots of fruit for you. Here is a guide to planting and looking after your plants:
- You should plant your strawberries around late springtime, making sure you buy a healthy looking plant. This will help you to get strawberries that will thrive.
- Plant your strawberries in rows if you have more than one plant. They don’t need much to grow – just some sunlight, and good quality soil. Don’t plant strawberries where you have previously grown tomatoes, as they can spread diseases.
- You can grow strawberries in borders, planters or even in hanging baskets.
- Water your plants regularly, especially whilst they are bedding in.
- Pull out weeds in the surrounding areas to encourage your plants to grow juicy, healthy strawberries for you.
The foxglove is a flower that will always draw attention to itself, forming a tall spike of flowers that stand out amongst other, lower-lying shrubs and plants. In most varieties, the flowers will be pink or purple and the leaves will be a musky kind of green.
Most gardeners will be able to grow foxgloves successfully, but there are a few things to bear in mind. You must plant them at the right time of year, usually around late August time if you have ripe seeds. They will then usually flower in the mid-summer time.
When planting foxgloves, make sure you leave the seeds uncovered a little because they need to use light for germination. You should make sure you leave enough space between the seeds when planting in the ground, as this will ensure they will be able to grow tall. Make sure your flowers have some light shade.
The lily is a timeless favourite of UK gardeners. Lilies will make a statement and add a dramatic, classic beauty to a garden or courtyard space, which is why so many people choose lily bulbs to plant. If you want to successfully buy, plant and grow lilies in your garden space, then this article is for you. (more…)
Garden gates aren’t just for decoration – they are an investment for your property. If you are choosing some new garden gates for your home, there are some things you should think about. Here are some top considerations for your garden:
• Get the right material. Choose from wood, metal and potentially plastic, depending on the look you want. Different types of gate will be more long lasting, so choose your options wisely.
• Think about how much privacy you need. If the gate is at the front of your property, could you benefit from having a taller gate? This will help protect your property and keep it feeling more snug, cosy and private.
• Consider maintenance. Wood can look beautiful, but it might require more maintenance than other types of material. However, if you are mainly concerned with aesthetics and are happy to spend a bit more on the right gate, then select timber.