Sponsored post: April’s cut flower patch planting diary

Louise Curley Cut Flower Patch Book 05 (22nd July 2013)

Louise Curley, author of The Cut Flower Patch, shares this month’s planting diary.

Sow and grow


The Simple Things Gardening Editor, Cinead McTernan goes back to gardening school, with a course on sowing seeds. Read her top tips for healthy sowing and growing. No matter how many times I sow seeds nothing quite beats the buzz of seeing little green shoots as they start to germinate. The journey from seed to… Continue reading

Join The Simple Things for a day in the country with Yeo Valley


Join us for a special day, hosted by Yeo Valley exclusively for readers of The Simple Things Learn more about growing organically, watch a butter-making demonstration and receive some expert tuition on arranging flowers. You’ll spend the morning in the tranquil Yeo Valley Organic Garden, meeting the friendly garden team as you pick an array of flowers from the six and a… Continue reading

Grow indoor herbs PLUS a competition

How to grow herbs indoors in unusual containers

Add colour to your kitchen and flavour to your food…and win some brilliant freebies along the way!

Escape: The country's oldest daffodil hotspot

The country's oldest daffodil hotspot

They brighten our homes and herald spring. Grow them, visit them or simply enjoy them – you’ve got to love a daff

Lolly stick plant labels


If you tried Monday’s strawberry lolly recipe, you’ll probably have a little pile of used lolly sticks by now. In the spirit of upcycling, we’ll be trying out this cute DIY idea from Lil Blue Boo, and turning ours into plant labels. Blogger Ashley’s used transfer paper to achieve a typewriter effect for the lettering… Continue reading

The first signs of spring


How lovely has it been to see a bit of sunshine hit the old streets of Britain this week? If you left the house without a jacket, spotted the first blossoms on a tree or hung your washing on the line of the first time this year, then join us in celebrating the much anticipated… Continue reading

Top tips for growing tomatoes not seen in Issue 8

Picture taken by Rosie Barnett

We all know how disappointing the British summer can be. Ideally we’d all have greenhouses or poly tunnels, but if you have neither don’t despair. Last year I grew one single cherry tomato plant in a pot on a sunny windowsill – it turned into a vast plant and produced more fruit than I believed… Continue reading

Two Thirsty Gardeners: An easy guide to planting soft fruits…

Two Thirsty Gardeners Blackcurrants 1

Whether you’re talking blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries or more exotic varieties, now is the time to think about planting out soft fruit bushes – it’s easier than you think and the results are SO delicious!

Two Thirsty Gardeners: Roots manoeuvres – five ways with parsnips plus growing tips…

Two Thirsty Gardeners parsnips

Growing, cooking and even brewing tips for your surplus vegetables – not to mention Sunday lunch “parsnip roulette”! – from our regular guest bloggers, Nick and Rich.