Willy Newlands

Willy Newlands
Kale Dwarf Green Curled next to Kale 'Scarlet', Brassica oleracea

Kale is so popular that they are even making crisps out of the hardy green vegetable. Perhaps it is time for the potato to watch out, although early harvest potatoes…

How to stop rabbits eating trees. Plastic tree guards can give young trees a chance before the rabbits and roe deer get to them.

How to stop rabbits eating trees is like adopting the mantle of Mr McGregor. The function of wildlife in the landscape,” a forestry expert once explained to me, “is to…

Hardy roses

Scotch roses were all the rage in Regency times, with some nurserymen listing more than 200 varieties. But by the middle of Queen Victoria’s reign, they were described as being…

The Egyptian walking onion is a smallholder’s plant – which is a polite way of saying that it is untidy, difficult to harvest and an acquired taste. On the plus…

Maincrop potatoes may spend many weeks in storage, and a great deal can go wrong during those months in the dark.   It is said that McDonald’s revolutionised potato storage…

Christmas is a realistic time to think about roses. The days are short, frost hard, wind bitter and this is the time when things that are thinking of dying will…

It seemed like a good idea at the time – this is one of the saddest phrases in the English language, and in the garden it can mean that you are…

Grow rhubarb

To grow rhubarb used to be the preserve of West Yorkshire’s Rhubarb Triangle rather than for the humble kitchen garden, but the hardy plants have fought their neglect and are…