How to take dahlia cuttings

The dahlia addiction is expensive, but if you know this little trick it will save you lots of money and also make your current dahlias much healthier. You don't want lots of stems coming out of one tuber because the plant becomes crowded and air can't circulate through the stems and foliage. If it's a… Continue reading How to take dahlia cuttings

Lifting dahlias for Winter

It has been a while since I last posted, so I thought it was about time I got my bum into gear and started writing posts again! This week we have been drying out our dahlia tubers after we had a frost that killed all the foliage and blooms a couple of weeks ago. Having… Continue reading Lifting dahlias for Winter

Kitchen garden lessons

Andrew and I both consider ourselves to be real novice gardeners, but I often forget how much we've actually learnt over the last 18 months but this summer in particular has been a real learning curve! I consider this summer as our first here at Porch Cottage. Last year we were busy cutting down masses… Continue reading Kitchen garden lessons

Watering solutions for when you’re away

This week marks the start of the school summer holidays and with the heatwave many of us are running the risk of returning home from a nice jolly to frazzled plants. We've just got back from a week away and we very wisely asked our neighbour to water everything in the greenhouse and the hanging… Continue reading Watering solutions for when you’re away

Kitchen garden update

We have been working on our kitchen garden for almost a year now. We started by half building our raised beds last year and then got distracted by more important jobs in the rest of the garden and the house. This actually turned out to be a good thing as it turned out we'd not… Continue reading Kitchen garden update

Home Hacks: How to dry hydrangeas

Drying your hydrangeas is a perfect way to keep stunning stems in your house throughout the year.  Hydrangeas are expensive, there's no two ways about it (they're £10 a stem at Columbia Road!!) so they are usually reserved for special occasions. Hydrangeas are one of my favourite flowers so when i first discovered drying them… Continue reading Home Hacks: How to dry hydrangeas