September Gardening Tips

By Monday, September 5, 2016 0 0

September is an important time for gardeners, with the transition from Summer to Autumn becoming crucial for deciding how you want your garden to look through the colder months and beyond. So here are a few ideas for what to do in your garden this month.

Prepare your winter pots and beds

As summer flowers begin to wilt, now is a good time to prepare the garden for winter. Replace flower beds and pots with simple, low maintenance, hardy plants that will continue to bring a touch of life to your garden through the colder months. Bedding plants like cyclamen, violas, primulas and polanthus will continue to flower every so often throughout milder periods, evergreen shrubs like ivy or thyme fill out a garden with green leaves, and tough plants like sempervivium will survive even through freezing temperatures. Plant your winter selections now to allow them to bed in a grow to an optimal size before the temperature drops.

Plant sweet peas

As one of the most popular flowering plants, there are hundreds of varieties of sweet pea, with breeders developing new types each year. The simple “White Supreme”, the blue flowering “Charlie’s Angel” or the frosted pink “Gwendoline” all provide a delightfully strong scent that makes them sought after in gardens. Plant towards the end of the month in fertile, well drained soil with as much exposure to sunlight as possible, and keep watered during dry spells. Use pea sticks, canes or trellises to support the plants and allow them to climb as they grow. They should begin to flower beautifully by late spring.

Plant coriander

Many crops are reaching peak time for harvesting, but there’s still time to grow something new. Coriander, best used in Indian or Thai cooking, can grow well with limited sunlight to add a fresh flavour to autumnal dishes. Plant coriander in deep pots or flowerbeds and protect with a cloche during colder nights and you should be rewarded with a crop that lasts until winter.

Enjoy the outdoors with a fire pit

Though the evenings may be getting shorter, there’s still plenty to enjoy in the garden. If your summer beds are still in bloom and your garden still smells fresh and peaceful, don’t miss out by retreating inside. Add a decorative fire pit or chiminea to your garden and add some essential warmth to your September evenings outdoors. With many designs to choose from, an outdoor fireplace adds a contemporary touch to outdoor living, and becomes a wonderful, cosy centrepiece for friends and family to gather round.

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Advanced BBQ Techniques

By Friday, August 12, 2016 0 0

Advanced BBQ Techniques

The sun is out, the beers are cold and the grill is on.

This isn’t your first BBQ. You know all the basics, you’ve heard all the safe beginner barbecue stuff – don’t start until the coals are white, ensure meat is properly cooked through, etc. But no-one got a Michelin star from just knowing the basics. It’s time to bring up your bbq game to professional level with some advanced tips for serious grillers.

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Beginner BBQ Techniques

By Friday, August 5, 2016 0 0


So the sun has finally come out and everyone’s looking to you to properly honour it in the traditional fashion through the burning of meat on an open flame. Before you begin, there are a few basic things you need to know in order to successfully host your first BBQ party.

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5 Tips For A Bee Friendly Garden

By Monday, July 25, 2016 0 0

5 Tips for a Bee Friendly Garden


The bee population worldwide has been falling rapidly over the last few years, and that’s a problem. It’s actually surprising how important these tiny insects are to the natural environment and our own lives. It’s thought that the pollination provided by bees affects up to a third of the food we eat every day. Apples, broccoli, sunflowers, coffee and cocoa beans may not exist without bees. Neither would many of the crops grown to sustain cows and other livestock, seriously affecting another part of our traditional diets.

If a small insect can have such a big impact on the natural world, then it should only take small changes to aid them. With that in mind, here are a few easy things you can do in your garden to encourage the bee population to thrive again.

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5 Apps That Are Revolutionising Gardening

By Wednesday, June 29, 2016 0 0



If you’ve always considered gardening an analogue activity, uninterrupted by the technological advances that have taken over so many other activities, then it’s time to discover a whole new way to grow. Our smartphone-enabled modern world doesn’t have to always be at odds with the beauty of nature, sometimes it can actively help to enhance it. We’ve discovered five brilliant apps that are changing the way we grow things, and this short guide will demonstrate the simple steps that you can use them for to create a modern, flourishing garden.

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Gardening Jobs for June

By Thursday, May 26, 2016 0 0

Summer Gardening Jobs


Summer is very nearly here, which means it’s time to get your garden looking beautiful in time for hot Summer days, barbecues, and lovely cool evenings. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our top gardening jobs for you to get done this June, to have your garden looking Chelsea Flower Show standard just in time for Summer!

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Gardening for Spring: Time to Get Out in the Garden!

By Friday, March 18, 2016 0 0

Get Spring Ready with our Gardening Advice

After a somewhat grey, cold and dreary Winter, we’re finally approaching the Spring season, and it’s certainly a great time to get the garden ready for warmer days, barbecues or even just lounging in the sun with friends. Here at Pantry & Patio, we want to help you get the garden ready and healthy again, so here’s our list of top gardening tips for the Spring season.

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Gardening Tips from the Experts for February

By Friday, February 5, 2016 2 0

Get Spring Ready with our Top Gardening Expert Tips!

February is finally here after a rather chilly and stormy January for most parts of the UK. What with the business of getting back into the work routine post-Christmas, tidying the house, getting the kids back to school, and just the lack of any nice weather, there’s a chance that your personal landscape might be feeling a bit unloved and a bit worse for wear. It can be difficult to know where to really start in a situation like this, and with Spring on the way, it’s a good time to read our extensive list of gardening tips, exclusive from some of the top gardening bloggers on the web.

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