Category Archives: Review

Book Review: The Allotment Book by Andi Clevely

I’ve recently been lucky enough to be given an allotment and my family gave me this book by Andi Clevely for Christmas to help get me started. My allotment is the most land I’ve ever had to cultivate (by a mile!) and it’s approaching the growing season. It’s fair to say I am feeling very daunted. Will I have time? What if I forget stuff? Are my windowsills big enough to house all the seedlings? I have the “I’ve taken on too much” fear. In summary, I am this book’s ultimate target market! Continue reading Book Review: The Allotment Book by Andi Clevely

Book Review: Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns

Ferns are probably my favourite group of plants. They’re odd, secretive and lush. They’re little living time machines. The Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns is one of the new books by Kew Gardens, forming a series of books exploring a single group or family of plants in great detail. It was an essential read. Continue reading Book Review: Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns

Book Review: Plant Lover’s Guide to Dahlias

When I discovered Dahlia’s properly in 2013/14 it was love at first sight – so an entire book on these plants with ‘pow value’ was a must buy. The Plant Lover’s Guide to Dahlias is one of the latest in Kew Gardens’ new series of books exploring a single genus or family of plants in depth. Continue reading Book Review: Plant Lover’s Guide to Dahlias

Book Review: Plant Lover’s Guide to Salvias

I can’t remember when or how I discovered Salvias, but last year I bought a few little cuttings from Ebay and that was that. Our garden is now full of techno-neon Salvias powering the border and pots for most of the year. The Plant Lover’s Guide to Salvias is one of the latest in Kew’s new range of books that takes a deep-dive into a single genus or family of plants, perfect for expanding my Salvia knowledge. Continue reading Book Review: Plant Lover’s Guide to Salvias

Book Review: Succession Planting for Adventurous Gardeners by Christopher Lloyd

As a novice gardener, there are gardening concepts we all struggle with (dappled shade vs light shade, free draining but water retentive etc). Once you ‘get it’ you get it, until then the answer can elude you, like walking a maze in heavy fog. You know the solution is obvious but damned if you can find it. Continue reading Book Review: Succession Planting for Adventurous Gardeners by Christopher Lloyd

Review: Garland Super 7 electric heated windowsill propagator

To keep this review simple: it works, it’s £25, buy it. If you want to know more, the Garland Super 7 electric heated windowsill propagator is lovely little thing that Chris bought me for my birthday in 2014 and every single seed I tried growing on it germinated. Continue reading Review: Garland Super 7 electric heated windowsill propagator

Review: Garland Grow Light Garden

Being an impatient so and so occasionally, last winter I couldn’t wait to get sowing and growing.  After a failed attempt to grow plants from seeds the year before on our windowsill (due to lack of light), I investigated grow lights and stumbled upon the Garland Grow Light Garden (see images above and below). Continue reading Review: Garland Grow Light Garden

Parrot Flower Power – iPhone app and Bluetooth sensor gizmo

For Christmas, Chris bought me a Parrot Flower Power – what is it? It’s a battery powered sensor shaped like a plastic twig that you stick into the soil next to a plant and it will tell you the plant’s general health. Continue reading Parrot Flower Power – iPhone app and Bluetooth sensor gizmo