Short back and sides?

We've added a new task to our list of winter maintenance jobs: cutting the hedge. After the struggle to find an evergreen shrub which would tolerate our sandy soil and windy climate we have finally succeeded in growing a wind break. Unfortunately we have become victims of our own success and have reached the stage… Continue reading Short back and sides?

Grand Designs

We have come a long way from a run-down croft house in a tussocky field to a refurbished cottage with a working vegetable garden, fruit cages and a polytunnel. However, the dream of spending my winters by the fireside with bulb and seed catalogues remains ephemeral, as once again I'll be out and about in… Continue reading Grand Designs

Right plant in the right place

Anyone who gardens on the coast or on a wind swept hillside will understand the shelter belt catch-22 - how can I establish a shelter belt when the plants need a shelter belt to get established?  The obvious answer is to protect the plants with a physical wind break, which is feasible if the prevailing… Continue reading Right plant in the right place