James Thornton

Hi and welcome to Garden DIY. I am James Thornton and produce the content for all the gardening and DIY articles on the site. I am an avid gardener and DIYer with over 25 years’ experience while also being a gadget geek when it comes to new products in the garden industry. I hope you find my insights and opinions helpful.

How to grow leeks from seeds

How to Grow Leeks from Seeds

Leeks are one of the easiest vegetables to grow from seeds. Hard-wearing and easy to care for, leeks can be sown from February to June (depending on the type) for harvest in August and throughout the winter. They can survive very cold winters and aren’t prone to disease, making them one of the simplest vegetables …

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How to grow potatoes in pots

How to Grow Potatoes in Pots

Potatoes are traditionally grown in the ground but not every garden has space for a large batch of them, especially considering rows of potatoes need at least 45cm between each other! This means planting rows of potatoes doesn’t just take up huge amounts of valuable growing space but planting and harvesting them is back breaking …

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How to ripen tomatoes

How to Ripen Tomatoes

Waiting for tomatoes to turn ripe has always been an exercise in patience. Depending on the variety, it can take anywhere from forty to sixty days from the time the blossoms on a plant set fruit to the time those fruits are ripe and ready to pick. The ideal temperature for ripening tomatoes ranges from …

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Growing Tomatoes in a Greenhouse -Grow Bags or Pots

Growing Tomatoes in a Greenhouse

A greenhouse provides perfect conditions for growing tomatoes throughout much of the year. Unlike planting outside, when you grow tomatoes inside of a greenhouse, you’re using fresh soil each year which is very beneficial for the long-term health and growth of the tomatoes. Using soil in a greenhouse provides the plants more nutrients while also …

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How to kill horsetail UK

How to kill Horsetail

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is common perennial plant that grows throughout the country. Quick to spread and difficult to kill, horsetail is one of the more annoying weeds to try and control in the garden. Even the smallest amount of horsetail can easily spread throughout your garden, as the roots spread far and wide while the …

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Planting Strawberries in containers

How to Grow Strawberries in Pots

Strawberries are a deliciously sweet fruit that are quite easy to grow in the garden. While they naturally grow in the ground, strawberries can be grown in pots, which is great for anyone lacking enough space to plant them directly into the ground. Whether planting from seeds or seedlings, strawberries planted out in early spring …

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How to Prune a Bay Tree

How To Prune A Bay Tree

When most people talk about bay trees, they are referring to Laurus nobilis, which is most often called bay laurel, and sometimes Grecian laurel, Turkish bay, or sweet bay (although there is a kind of magnolia which is also referred to as sweet bay). When purchasing fresh bay, it is crucial to be aware of …

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When to Plant Agapanthus

When to Plant Agapanthus

Agapanthus Growing Guide Agapanthus plants, also referred to as the African lily or lily of the Nile, are perennials that flower in the summer months. Gardeners prize them for their flamboyant flowers. Although these flowers are usually on the blue to purple spectrum, they also come in pink and white. Considered a landscape staple in …

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How to Grow Clematis UK

How to Grow Clematis

Clematis is treasured for its marvelous, long-blooming flowers and its manageable growth habit. As a bonus, pretty plumed seed heads that are decorative all by themselves appear after the flowers. There is a clematis plant that is suited to just about any situation and climate. Clematis offers the longest flowering period of any climber, and …

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