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.

The Latest Posts

The quince is an unusual fruit. Is it like an apple or more like a pear?

The quince is an unusual fruit. Is it like an apple or more like a pear?

Is the quince like an apple or more like a pear? I was lucky enough to find out from quince expert Andrey Ivanov at Wilkin & Sons, Tiptree.

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Don’t turf a new lawn in hot weather

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Don’t turf a new lawn in hot weather

New turf can't survive in hot weather UNLESS it's watered enough. Take a look at the sorry state of this newly laid lawn.

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Apricot Update

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Apricot Update

Some people don't believe that Apricots can grow in English weather, well this video will prove just how wrong they are. Enjoy!

Ken’s Weekly Tips – How to remove Toadstools from the lawn.

Ken’s Weekly Tips – How to remove Toadstools from the lawn.

The weather has been perfect for mushrooms and toadstools - with the soil being warm and damp. So how do you get rid of them from your lawn?

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Hedge Cutting Project

Ken’s Weekly Tips – Hedge Cutting Project

Don't be afraid of cutting hedges back. And with the weather we've been having, they'll soon grow back with even greater vigour.

It’s July and time to enjoy the fruits of your labour

It’s July and time to enjoy the fruits of your labour

July is when you get to enjoy all the effort you've put in to creating in your garden so far this year, but there're still jobs that need doing.

Ken’s Weekly Tips – 29th June

Ken’s Weekly Tips – 29th June

The veg plot is doing well, but we not totally pest free. Something has got to the peas and the slugs are proving to be fond of the beans.

Ken’s Weekly Tips – 20th June

Ken’s Weekly Tips – 20th June

I love roses, but it's important to keep them healthy by dead heading, and tackling pests and disease as soon as it occurs.

Ken’s Weekly Tips – 13th June

Ken’s Weekly Tips – 13th June

All gardens need pollinators such as bees and insects, and you'll find many are attracted to lavender. Find a suitable spot, and get some planted.

Ken’s Weekly Tips – 9th June

Ken’s Weekly Tips – 9th June

Remember to train new Apricot growth because it's from here that buds will form next year which will turn into fruit for your table.

Pruning a Mahonia Charity

Pruning a Mahonia Charity

What a beautiful plant the Mahonia Charity is with it's distinctive leaves and seed pods but this one is long overdue a prune.

Ken’s Weekly Tips – 2nd June

Ken’s Weekly Tips – 2nd June

Bedding plants really do set off a garden, and one of my favourites are lupine (Lupinus spp.) which really can make your borders 'pop'.