Originally from South America, nasturtiums have a culinary and medical history. The leaves and flowers are edible with a tangy taste similar to pepper. Used in salads and soups they add colour and flavour to many dishes. There is evidence nasturtiums discourage slugs and snails. This is a good reason to include them in an …Read More about Nasturtiums Gallery 2017
Posts relating to IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
The Spanish slug (Arion vulgaris) is here to stay. While it has only been a few years since the Spanish slug took over from our local snails as the main garden problem, it beholds upon the gardener to learn how to live with these creatures. Each year is a new learning opportunity for understanding these …Read More about Living with Spanish slugs
Bluebells are considered indicators of ancient woodland. The blooms appear in early spring to take advantage of the sunlight before the forest canopy covers over for the summer. They suit damp wet ground and once established return each year. You know it is spring when the bluebells start to bloom. Many traditional gardeners hold that …Read More about Bluebells 2017 gallery
Apart from providing wonderful colour in a small garden, nasturtiums are the gardener’s favourite for encouraging beneficial insects into the garden. Originally from South America, nasturtiums have a culinary and medical history. The leaves and flowers are edible with a tangy taste similar to pepper. Used in salads and soups they add colour and flavour …Read More about Nasturtiums
Gardening in the city is very important for helping the birds and bees that visit every day. The insect life that makes up the garden ecology and plays such a central role is often overlooked. Besides producing for the household this garden also provides for a wide range of birds and insect life.