Welcome to Gardening With Ken!

Gardening With Ken is my blog where you will find gardening hints, tips and advice, as well as design ideas.
I've been gardening for over 50 years and have won awards for my work.

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Ken’s Weekly Tips – Dealing with fungus on sleepers

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Dealing with fungus on sleepers

When fungus grows on a sleeper, it's just doing what it's meant to do - breaking down dead organic matter and returning it to the soil.

It’s September, and it’s another busy month in the garden.

It’s September, and it’s another busy month in the garden.

September is now upon us, and there's a lot to do to keep it looking at it's best, and to prepare it for next season.

From the Allotment – The caterpillars have left their mark

From the Allotment – The caterpillars have left their mark

It maybe a dull and damp Bank Holiday, but Andrew's busy on the allotment. The brassicas are looking sad but everything else is looking good!

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Pennisetum – The plant that will tolerate a lot!

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Pennisetum – The plant that will tolerate a lot!

Pennisetum forms a compact low mound, and it produces lasting brush-like flowers in late summer, and it works brilliantly in these beds.

Ken’s Weekly Tip – Pruning a Hornbeam hedge

Ken’s Weekly Tip – Pruning a Hornbeam hedge

With mid-green foliage with deep veins and serrated edged leaves that turning coppery-brown in autumn, you must keep on top of pruning a Hornbeam.

Gardening With Ken – It’s been a great year for the greengage

Gardening With Ken – It’s been a great year for the greengage

A perfectly ripe greengage is a joy to eat, and the team at Wilkin & Sons in Tiptree certainly know a thing or two about this fruit.

Gardening With Ken – Why not visit the Dry Garden at RHS Hyde Hall, Essex?

Gardening With Ken – Why not visit the Dry Garden at RHS Hyde Hall, Essex?

The Dry Garden at Hyde Hall in Essex has some beautiful planting options suitable for any garden. The best bit? Many need little if any watering!

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Dealing with ‘Fairy Rings’

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Dealing with ‘Fairy Rings’

Fairy rings are circular formations made up of mushrooms and are natural occurrences. Some are tiny while others can reach 600m in diameter.

Gardening With Ken – 1.5lbs of fruit from a single Strawberry plant?

Gardening With Ken – 1.5lbs of fruit from a single Strawberry plant?

It's incredible that a single strawberry plant can provide 1.5 lbs of fruit each year. Hear from the expert on how it's done.

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Don’t believe the Contractor when they say it’ll grow back!

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Don’t believe the Contractor when they say it’ll grow back!

There's nothing like a lush, green lawn to raise the spirits. Sadly, parts of this newly turfed lawn are neither lush nor green.

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Jobs To Do In The Garden

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Jobs To Do In The Garden

If you think nothing needs doing in the garden, think again. A beautiful garden is a labour of love. Here's my 'to do' list for this week.

From the Allotment – From tiny acorns mighty oak trees do grow!

From the Allotment – From tiny acorns mighty oak trees do grow!

They do say that from tiny acorns, mighty oak trees grow. My friend Andrew has been trying for years to grow an oak, and now he's had some success.