Special reports - page 3

The world of gardening is as vast as the imagination of each of us gardeners can make it. These reports highlight some of nature’s surprises.

Organic tips for great soil health

Knowing your soil type, delicately working the ground, associating plants and protecting them without using fertilizer or pesticides, all these tips will lead to healthy organic soil.
Healthy soil attracts all sorts of beneficial animals like this robin.

Seaside gardens, wonders of man and nature… France edition!

From North to South, along the vast oceans of the world, French coasts are among the most beautiful in the world. They have mild, temperate climates which means that a great many plant options are open to their seaside gardens – botanically speaking!
Seaside gardens in France

Blooming Summer Garden Boxes

Don’t know what to plant in your garden boxes in Summer? Perennials and annuals, take a look at our summer container plant insights as a source of new inspiration.
Summer garden box planting arrangement ideas

Feeding birds in winter

Feeding birds in winter is an excellent initiative to help them through this difficult season.
Blue tit in feeder tray

Wasp, a reputation that deserves a makeover

Always a hassle around the picnic basket, sometimes even a painful sting, the wasp doesn’t seem to manage positive vibes, does it? But did you know its larva devours incredible amounts of insect pests that would otherwise damage our plants? So, unbelievably, the wasp is a beneficial insect in the garden, a big help that […]
Wasp on a piece of old wood

Create a natural pond

It’s different from a basic fish pond, because a natural pond will tend to attract more insects, dragonflies and birds… Three square yards or meters are all you need to create a little oasis of biodiversity. Both useful and ornamental, the natural pond will bring you many advantages.
Lily flowers in a natural pond created in a garden.

Organic gardening ABCs

Organic gardening means gardening together with nature instead of against it. Organic growing techniques endeavor to respect soil, plants… and the consumer, too. They rely on vegetable and fruit species that are well-suited to local growing conditions.
What is organic gardening

How to winterize your plants

So you splurged and treated yourself to a eucalyptus tree, an oleander, a mimosa tree, a lemon tree or an olive tree? Here is how to protect these plants over the cold season.
Winterizing plants

In dry gardens, landscaping works wonders

Dry soil, full of rocks, not a nutrient in sight? Seems like a harsh environment where plants can’t grow! Fear not! Just select plants that evolved specifically to thrive in those environments, and compensate for the worst drawbacks with a few astute landscaping tricks. Discover our tips to create an easy and thriving dry garden! […]
Dry garden landscaping

How to increase and ensure cross-pollination

eIt’s easy to ensure and increase cross-pollination for your target species. These different tips will help you cross-pollinate plants. Reminder: what is cross-pollination? Block cross-pollination from happening Plant different varieties of the same species nearby Select at least one, ideally two, varieties that can cross-pollinate your target plant. Check that they share the same blooming […]
"I love pollen" written in pollen dust

A potted garden on a terrace with containers

On a deck, terrace or balcony, it is easy to set up a container garden in pots for every season. Plant a series of garden box flowers that will bloom one after the other. Read also: Fruit trees for balconies, decks and terraces Potted plants, the tips to succeed in growing them Drought resistant pot […]
Ideas to decorate a terrace with container plants in pots

Garden without any garden chores: make it a reality!

Savoring the garden without spending hours mowing or weeding it is the unfulfilled Quest of all gardeners. Though we dream about it all the time, reality must be acknowledged: the perfect zero-maintenance garden doesn’t exist.
Garden tools used to make a gate

Soap from plants? Yes, our grannies were right!

Our grand-mothers keep saying they used the roots of a soap plant to build up a foam to wash their laundry. Saponaria is a perennial that’s quite common in our areas, and it helped solve a lot of people’s daily needs: shampoo, skin care, medicine…
Soap plant

A small patch of green

Mini garden, courtyard or balcony: if astutely set up, your little patch under the sky can become a space where life is great.
Balcony with blue shutters and many plants

Pozzolana, designer mulch

Pozzolana is a mineral mulch extracted from volcanic rock. It is both very long lasting and extremely ornamental. Its red brown color is also
Pozzolana pebbles have many tiny holes and cavities that retain water and air

Bumblebee, bumbling along and heavyweight pollinator

A voluminous body, a louder-than-usual buzz, and colorful fuzz all around – the bumblebee is easy to identify! A particularly active beneficial insect in the garden, it is a diligent pollinator that runs in the same class as the common honeybee: the heavyweight class!
Bumblebee hovering near a flower

After the holidays, back to the garden!

Getting back home after the summer holidays makes September a special month. Adults get back to work and children prepare their supplies for school. But in the autumn garden, there’s quite a lot to do, too!
Allium flowers in a garden after the summer break

9 plants that resist cold outside weather in winter

Brrr, winter is just along the corner, bringing along those cold temperatures and foul weather. Not all plants can cope when the outdoors gets colder than freezing. Luckily, there is still a wide range of cold-resistant plants for the garden.
Plant with ice on its leaves, surviving the outdoor cold

For a sustainable garden

To transform your growing beds into spots of high ecological value, here are a few simple tips and solutions. Common sense applies and points the way to sustainable gardening.
Sustainable gardening means leveraging nature in all respects

Different plants need different mulch

There is a mind-numbing amount of mulches on the market, and it’s never simple to find out which one is best for where you live and the plants you want to mulch.
Strawberry plant with straw mulch

Infusing lavender oil, a simple way to make scented lavender oil

Infusing lavender oil is quite simple and doesn’t require any heavy equipment. All that’s needed is a carrier oil and the flowers from any type of lavender. Read also: Making lavender oil Lavender, an easy plant to grow Lavandin, the most productive lavender 3 steps to infuse lavender oil Lavender flowers, when steeped in another […]
Infusing lavender oil
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