Homegrown is where it’s ‘appenin!

By Glenda Stansbury We all know you cannot beat the satisfaction of growing your own fruit and veg and the immense pleasure it brings to pick your own fruits of labour. The toil of previous months seem to get swept away on the first taste of your crop, yes, those flavours really are more intense

Do we take plants for granted?

By Rebecca Moy Having worked since the age of 13 with plants and still working with them now, it reminded me how we really should celebrate that we live our lives surrounded by them and that they still amaze me! Just for a second, imagine life without plants. For a start you probably wouldn’t be

The Bedding Season

By John Hawkins  In the 1960s the bedding season was totally different from today, both in its length and its range of plants. The first of the box bedding appeared in the month of May and by box I mean in a wooden seed tray of 48 plants (pre decimal) and if you only wanted

Wildlife Friendly Gardening

By Tim Bucknall There’s no room for complacency though – through intensive farming the countryside is getting less and less wildlife-friendly, and so it falls more and more to gardeners to support wildlife. So what are the best ways to do this? All creatures need the right habitat, and it’s possible to provide a range of

Easy-Going, Great Value Plants for New Gardeners

by Susan A. Tindall These are plants that require very little in the way of maintenance. They should all be a reliable presence in your garden for many years and serve as good foundation plants while your taste and garden style evolve. Considered in terms of one’s wardrobe they generally represent everyday wear rather than

Edward’s Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop is called Edward’s to celebrate the contribution that our late father, Edward (Ted) Stewart, made to Stewarts and the gardening industry. Ted Stewart (left) standing in front of a Mosquito Bomber Edward (Ted) Stewarts flew Mosquito Bombers in Burma during WWII. He returned to England to find the family business on its

Mother’s Day

By Kayleigh Slapp Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday as it is more traditionally known, is a celebration honouring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. In Britain the date of Mother’s Day is not fixed but it always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which in 2017 is on

Grow Your Own Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow yourself, and they have such a wide range of uses. You don’t need a large garden for these, in fact, you can grow them in containers so you don’t need ANY garden! There are three main types of potato, each of which have their own requirements.


In October we polled our social media followers on which they preferred; the Devonshire scone with cream first and jam on top, or the Cornish scone, with the cream layered on after the jam. It was tense, but the general consensus was that jam should be added before cream. Scones are one of the most

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