© Garden Cottage Nursery, 2017
Most of our customers have coastal gardens exposed to salt winds often on shallow peaty soils, this makes it difficult to grow many common-or-garden plants and to use normal gardening methods. Finding information elsewhere on how to cope with these conditions can be difficult so we thought we would offer up a few pages of advice and general background.  Click on the pictures to be taken to the corresponding page.
How To Garden Right
Knowledge Is (Gardening) Power

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Stormy Loch Thurnaig Approaches to Coastal Gardening on the West Coast of the British Isles  Gardening on the West Coast provides both obstacles and opportunities: Shallow peaty soil, incessant wind and mild winters. Stormy Loch Thurnaig Coastal Windbreaks and Hedges If you are a plant by the sea the buffeting salt air will play a defining role in your growth or lack of it. Erecting a living buffer to the wind we can grow much much more and all your plants in the lee will grow far quicker. Stormy Loch Thurnaig Making a Border  The classic building block of the garden is a Herbaceous or Mixed Border. Preparing it in the best possible way will ensure that it puts on the best display. Stormy Loch Thurnaig Rabbits and Your Garden  Ravenous hordes of rabbits spoil many gardens. With a few alterations and some careful planning the Lagomorphic tide can be turned. Larger browsers, such as deer, dislike similar plants too. Stormy Loch Thurnaig Encouraging Wildlife In Your Garden  The whole reasoning behind gardening is to make our immediate natural environment more pleasant to us, why not make it more so to other creatures too.  Here we give some simple doís and doníts we should all follow. Stormy Loch Thurnaig Plants and Their Insect Pollinators  To ensure fertilisation the majority of garden plants attempt to attract insects to their flowers, different plants target different types of insect and have many novel techniques. Here we discuss how and why they do it. Stormy Loch Thurnaig Plant Taxonomy  Humans like naming things, it helps keep them tidy and organised. With plants there are rules to make sure everyone names things in the same way and to reduce confusion. I try to explain a bit of how and why this is done. Stormy Loch Thurnaig Gondwanan Plants What Are They and Why Grow Them in Britain?  Gondwana, the southern super continent of the Age of Dinosaurs was a cradle to many interesting plants and animals.
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© Garden Cottage Nursery, 2017
How To Garden Right
Knowledge Is (Gardening) Power

Gardening Info

Most of our customers have coastal gardens exposed to salt winds often on shallow peaty soils, this makes it difficult to grow many common-or-garden plants and to use normal gardening methods. Finding information elsewhere on how to cope with these conditions can be difficult so we thought we would offer up a few pages of advice and general background.  Click on the pictures to be taken to the corresponding page.
Stormy Loch Thurnaig Approaches to Coastal Gardening on the West Coast of the British Isles  Gardening on the West Coast provides both obstacles and opportunities: Shallow peaty soil, incessant wind and mild winters. Stormy Loch Thurnaig Coastal Windbreaks and Hedges If you are a plant by the sea the buffeting salt air will play a defining role in your growth or lack of it. Erecting a living buffer to the wind we can grow much much more and all your plants in the lee will grow far quicker. Stormy Loch Thurnaig Making a Border  The classic building block of the garden is a Herbaceous or Mixed Border. Preparing it in the best possible way will ensure that it puts on the best display. Stormy Loch Thurnaig Rabbits and Your Garden  Ravenous hordes of rabbits spoil many gardens. With a few alterations and some careful planning the Lagomorphic tide can be turned. Larger browsers, such as deer, dislike similar plants too. Stormy Loch Thurnaig Encouraging Wildlife In Your Garden  The whole reasoning behind gardening is to make our immediate natural environment more pleasant to us, why not make it more so to other creatures too.  Here we give some simple doís and doníts we should all follow. Stormy Loch Thurnaig Plants and Their Insect Pollinators  To ensure fertilisation the majority of garden plants attempt to attract insects to their flowers, different plants target different types of insect and have many novel techniques. Here we discuss how and why they do it. Stormy Loch Thurnaig Plant Taxonomy  Humans like naming things, it helps keep them tidy and organised. With plants there are rules to make sure everyone names things in the same way and to reduce confusion. I try to explain a bit of how and why this is done. Stormy Loch Thurnaig Gondwanan Plants What Are They and Why Grow Them in Britain?  Gondwana, the southern super continent of the Age of Dinosaurs was a cradle to many interesting plants and animals.