Monday, 29 April 2013

Growing Our Own

This time last year we were in a bit of a tizzy as we had just had Lulu and every minute was taken up with our new bundle. We just about managed to throw a few seed potatoes and onion sets into our veg patch and not a lot else. Whilst family life is still our central focus we have managed to spend a bit more time in the garden already this year and started to get Lulu used to horticultural life. This weekend we managed to get all of our veg sown, and miracle of miracles it happened the same weekend as Monty sowed his on Gardeners' World. (1). So here's what we are looking forward to from our modest veg patch this year...

Lulu shows she's willing to muck in and help
Lulu shows she's willing to muck in and help

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Identifying Weeds

Weeds. The bane of gardeners' lives. But here at Vialii we always try and spin a positive out of a situation and for us weeding is an enjoyable job. Working our way round a congested border, clearing out the weeds which are vying for space, water, nutrients and light and trying to elbow your plants out of the ways can be a rewarding exercise. There's nothing quite like looking back on a newly weeded border, seeing your beautiful plants pride of place and knowing you have given them the best chance of growing to their full potential. But where do you start if you don't know the difference between your weeds and your wisteria? Here's a quick guide to some common garden weeds...

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Putting The Grass Back Into Your Grass!

This year the most common complaint we have heard from clients about their gardens is "Our lawn is full of moss!" Last years wet summer followed by an equally wet and relatively mild winter has provided perfect growing conditions for moss resulting in it taking up squatters rights in many of our lawns. Acidic soil, poor aeration, shade, lack of lawn feed and poor cutting can all add to the challenges of lawn care. There are many biological treatments available on the market for tackling moss but we prefer to take an organic approach wherever possible. Here we explain the method we use to tackle moss and put the grass back into your grass: