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School children go back to their learning institutions resplendent in over-sized blazers and blister-inducing, shiny black shoes. Crows and ravens return noisily to nest uncomfortably close in neighbours’ trees. Strictly Come Dancing revs up for its sprint to Christmas and…..there’s plenty to be getting on with in the garden. There’s lots of crops to pick, dahlias to cut, gladioli to stake against the breeze as thoughts turn to planting again. After all, the soil is warm, the soil is moist, the soil is ready. September is a marvelous month. Gardening

‘We’re all going on a summer holiday’ – except your plants won’t be and you need to get them sorted before you go away. Charm your green-fingered neighbours and make it easy for them – gather containers together, rig up watering systems and go away with a clear conscience. Or you can go all high-tech and water your plants from the warmth of your sun lounger using a Wi-Fi-connected watering system. Whatever you do, make sure you do something to avoid disappointment. Houseplants are always trickier as you might not

We can only hope that July is a little sunnier than June. Flash floods, rain washing out cricket matches around the country, and roses sticking firmly in the bud and rotting before unfurling. But, and there is a plus side, everything is growing so quickly outdoors. Soft, leafy growth should ensure the potatoes produce a great crop. Most are flowering now indicating that tubers are present ( or coinciding with the beginnings of a crop) and now is key to a bumper harvest. If it doesn’t rain, and even if

Gardening is one of our favourite hobbies and in this fast moving world, it has many benefits. You get a pretty space to enjoy and unwind in at the end of a busy day and to grow some of your own food. I love growing herbs like thyme, rosemary, chives and parsley by the back door, using them freshly picked in cooking. A small budget doesn’t have to hold you back and it doesn’t mean small ideas, a touch of creativity and planning ahead can help a small budget go

Even if your fence hasn’t fallen over in the strong winds, chances are the panels have still taken a bit of a beating over recent weeks.  Even when the weather is nice it is important to make sure that your fence is in good condition regularly to help limit the amount of repairs and replacements you will need to carry out over the years. When the weather couples strong winds with wet days our fences and garden buildings can suffer a lot of damage.  The wind can batter fence and

As storm Henry blasts us into February the garden still thinks it’s mid-spring. Daffodil are in full blooms, joining the primroses, crocus, snowdrops and hellebores in what is a fantastic spectacle. But loitering about gazing at flowers is fast becoming a luxury as the frenzied activity of a busy gardening season is beginning. I like to pot up shallots into individual pots of multi-purpose compost and get them growing before planting out. They get a great start, grow quickly and crop well. Sow a pot or tray of hardy annuals

My new greenhouse has had a baptism of fire (or to be more accurate, wind!) with gales howling around the structure and rattling the panes. All is well as it’s solidly constructed and now even has a few hyacinths growing happily in what is a perfect space to sit and ponder. Santa brought the electric greenhouse heater so the sparky is booked to run power from the house. I need two more weeks of warm weather then everything will be toasty in the greenhouse. There will be plenty of time

I can’t resist – ho, ho, ho! There..  I promise, it’s out of my system. Christmas is racing ever closer and December is a prime time to pull an inventory together of everything you need for the coming year. A secateur sharpener, a greenhouse heater, welly socks – all on my list at the moment. But it isn’t all retail this month as a few hours of daylight in the garden is the perfect antidote to wandering in shopping centres or hours slumped in front of a computer screen, recovering

November in the garden and there’s plenty to be doing to keep warm.   With bonfire smoke pervading the air, November is an evocative time in the garden. It’s also a busy one.   Some quick tips for the garden in November:   Before lighting any bonfires check that they are clear of animals such as hedgehogs.  Animals often like to bury themselves in the warmth of leaves, especially if they are piled up, for some added safety so it is always worth checking through your heap before lighting it.

Not all of us are equally handy when it comes to sprucing up our garden, but with the aid of the right equipment we can make our lives a lot easier and our garden area a lot prettier. Depending on the garden, certain tools will always be necessary – if you have a small garden on, say, a balcony, you will keep smaller plants and will have no need for big, expensive tools. Of course, you adjust as the need dictates. For bigger gardens, a variety of tools will be

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