Autumn Wildlife Gardening

As autumn is slipping gradually into winter in the northern hemisphere, I was trying to think of some small wildlife gardening projects you can do with a toddler. My little one was pretty disappointed after all the plums and apples had disappeared and composting and mulching is not exactly an enticement. And the watering can … Continue reading Autumn Wildlife Gardening

New Year’s Resolutions?

They normally make me cringe. But as the New Year is only a week old, I thought it worthwhile to comment on this. I for one don't believe it is feasible because most people would ditch their gym membership by the end of January if only they could as they have signed up for 12 months … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions?

Detoxify your indoor air? Just buy some plants! Or: Is it really that easy?

The idea that houseplants can act as air purifiers has been circulating on the internet for some time. Most of this is based on a famous NASA article which was published as far back as 1989. Back then, researchers were able to suggest that there are some health benefits if you are growing indoor plants. … Continue reading Detoxify your indoor air? Just buy some plants! Or: Is it really that easy?

The Garden Hotel

When it comes to protecting insects or bugs (which already sounds a bit annoying, frankly) we are faced with certain challenges. In advocating their case we can't benefit from the cuddly effect which is often so helpful with other species, especially our closest relatives, mammals (although I'd rather face a wasp in the wild than … Continue reading The Garden Hotel