Plant this Liatris spicata or prairie gayfeather is a grand addition to a late summer time border or container scheme, with flower spikes of purple or white that look unique however are powerful and hardy. Solar and moist soil are greatest. Top and unfold relies on your selection of cultivar (I really like ‘Kobold’), however round 75cm x 50cm.
Go to this In case your backyard grows indoors, head to the Backyard Museum in London tomorrow for the Houseplant Festival. There’s a plant swap, stalls and talks, plus a clinic to type out your crispy calatheas and spindly succulents (disclosure: I’ll be answering questions). 11am-5pm, tickets £5 (gardenmuseum.org.uk).
Dig this Compost heap wanting a bit, effectively, uncomposted? It’s time to get bodily and switch it over, introducing extra air to hurry up decomposition. Verify for sluggish worms, hedgehogs and different beasties first, then combine the whole lot up with a spade or fork. If it’s slimy, add shredded cardboard.