David Marsden is the author of popular and award-winning gardening blog The Anxious Gardener. His blog has won awards from the Gardening Media Guild and the Royal Horticultural Society as well as appearing recently in both The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times.
David was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions we had about his blog and his life in the garden.
There’s a website for everything – and several thousand for most. It can make it a bit of a chore sifting through what’s out there and finding the best places to read up about you hobbies, and for advice which will make your life easier. Gardeners will know that with a topic as big as gardening there are literally millions of different places you can turn, and they don’t always agree with each other about the best time to prune your roses.
Sometimes gardening can seem a bit too much like hard work, but lasagne gardening (also called sheet composting) is perfect if you want to avoid some of the pitfalls. Lasagne gardening is a no till, no dig method that as the word ‘lasagne’ implies is all about the layering. But layering what? Got a few dead branches or twigs lying around, and how about all those leftover vegetables? Well, put it all in the lasagne bed and that’s your recycling done. But how do you do it?
Chainsaws aren’t just for ridding your property of unruly branches or trees – recently, they’ve become the chosen tools for making some pretty incredible artwork. Just the idea of making art with chainsaws is amazing in and of itself, considering just how cumbersome the tool can be. Creating a delicate statue laced with realistic details isn’t an easy feat when using something that’s fuelled by a powerful motor and uses a saw blade.
Although we all like to get those blades buzzing for a whizz around the garden to keep things trim, there are some people who are so revved up by their mowers that they’ve turned it into a motorsport. Make no mistake – lawnmower racing is a much loved pastime across the world, and involves everyone from easy riders to legendary lawn leviathans.
When you think of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the trusty lawnmower isn’t necessarily the first thing that springs to mind. But while action heroes speed around in fast cars and helicopters, some of our best-loved characters have been taking it slow, giving faithful ride-on mowers their fifteen minutes of fame. Not just the gruesome stars of hard-to-watch horrors like Braindead and Sinister, lawnmowers have trundled through gardens from Alabama to Arizona sharing feel-good moments on the silver screen.
Lawns require a constant input of time and attention, and as a result many are leaving the traditional lawn behind and replacing their expanse of green with low maintenance alternatives such as patios, raised flower beds and decking.
The summer months are meant to be when your garden flourishes and blooms into stunning arrays of colour and foliage. But not everyone sees their desired results, due to another plant that’s also flourishing in the sunshine – the dreaded weed.
Once summer officially arrives, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better spot to enjoy the warm weather than your lawn. Our lawns are the backdrop for barbecues, plush beds for sunbathing and football pitches for a high stakes match. But all of this summer activity can spell trouble for your lawn if the sun-thirsty soil isn’t properly looked after.
Mark Bartram, Managing Director of Bartram Mowers and Lawnmowers Direct, has completed a number of endurance challenges in the past. This year he used the London Marathon as a warm up (!) and will soon be completing a nonstop coast to coast run. Everyone here at Bartrams HQ is really impressed, and with such a great time in the Marathon we’re sure Mark is going to do fantastically in his next challenge.