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I decided to compile a set of activities for kids to do in the garden.  During these periods of lockdown and home schooling (around Australia) I feel it is important to encourage kids to have some type of time spent outside.  These activities are suitable...

Garden Tasks for Early Spring *With the slightly warmer weather and regular showers of rain the weed growth is going to be powering on.  Trying to keep on top of weed growth now should be a priority.  In an ideal world, if you can try to...

In the last ten years of gardening at the Berkshires we have noticed a significant increase in the number of birds around the garden.  When we were creating the garden we were coming out of a ten years of drought.  Around the old house some...

I was busy weeding a client’s garden bed during the week when I felt a gentle breeze blow across my face and I was showered with pale pink papery petals. I stopped for a second and looked up into the canopy of a Prunus “Nigra”...

When the sun does come out there are still lots to be done in the garden. Now is the time to take full advantage of the reduced or slowing down of growth in the garden. Putting time aside to tackle the weeds, complete all your winter...

Pull all your garden tools together. Give them a clean with warm soapy water. Biodegradable detergent is best. Check your garden tools are sharp and oil your secateursOrganise how you store your tools -small hand tools could be stored in a bucket of clean sand....

When it comes to flowering plants, it’s hard to go past roses, with their gorgeous flowers and lovely scents. If they are planted in the right location they will be very hardy, long-lived and long-flowering plants. Here in the garden at The Berkshires we have them...

Roses are available to purchase in two ways. They will be sold as a potted plant or a bare rooted plant. Some rose specialists suggest you should not plant a new Rose in the same location as where another Rose has been. If you do need...

FertiliserRoses are very heavy feeders so you need to ensure they receive enough nutrients throughout the growing season. I would recommend spreading organic natural fertiliser on plants twice a season in autumn, spring and summer. Especially at the beginning of spring when the chances of...

Above image: An Unpruned RoseMid to late winter is the time to prune your Roses.Roses will respond well to pruning – they will produce much more new growth and you will get many more flowers. Most roses will go completely dormant in winter, however some...