What quick-growing hedge can I bet on?
I need a fast-growing hedge. Any suggestions please? – Henry, via email DAVID: Leylandii is famously speedy but will need constant trimming to keep it under control. It can really shoot up if not tended properly.
For something easier to manage try Thuja plicata (above), also called western red cedar.
As Britain’s national fruit, apples have been grown in our green and pleasant land for centuries. We’ve baked them in crumbles, roasted them with pork and bottled them as cider.
Despite fancier fruits putting in an appearance on our supermarket shelves, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that is as versatile and popular as the humble apple.
As well as being so tasty, apples are also bursting with a wide range of health benefits.
They contain vital vitamins and nutrients, as well as antioxidants – which have a range of benefits, including helping to lower the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and, reportedly, even Alzheimer’s.
So an apple a day really can help keep the doctor at bay.
On top of all that, just think how much sweeter those apples will taste if they’re picked from your own tree.
What’s more, the trees themselves can make an attractive focus in the
Best time to plant is from late November up until early March