Winter can feel such a dreary and empty time for us allotment gardeners.
December brings the merry distraction of the festive period, but when the New Year has passed and the middle of winter sets in with cool temperatures, low levels of light and short days, we really begin to crave for the spring and the life and resurgence it brings.
To fend off the feelings of longing and despair, I have …Read More
Next to the peat issue, chemicals are probably the most emotive topic on the gardening front at the present time. Garden chemicals are basically either organic (derived from natural sources) or inorganic, though some compound fertilizers and insecticide mixtures can be a combination of both.
Those gardeners who prefer only to use chemicals of natural origin often shun those from any other source. It is quite possible to control most common pests …Read More
Generally speaking, container growing is a water-extravagant form of gardening as most plants grown in containers dry out much faster than if they were planted direct into the garden soil. On the other hand, ornamental tubs and the like can be a very attractive feature of a garden. If for one reason or another containers are essential, use as large ones as possible, fill with soil-based compost, and incorporate water-retaining …Read More
If seeing your lawn turn straw-like every time the temperature rises and rainfall drops off worries you, you may be happier replacing it with gravel or paving. Paving a sunny spot will make the area even hotter, and this will have an effect on the plants you choose in the vicinity. If you cannot live without a lawn, a very high-grade mix will usually recover better after drought than an …Read More
Most gardens can be modified to use much less water than they already do. There are many ways to make a garden much more thrifty where supplementary watering is concerned. How many of these ideas are necessary depends very much on geographical location and temporary climatic conditions, but there are few gardens which would not benefit in some way from at least one of these ideas. Remember, too, that cutting …Read More
This is the month of clearing and planting. In all parts of the garden, move spent plantings and crops and compost or burn. Cut-down dead perennials and shred the prunings. Sweep up and collect leaves.
Many gardeners prefer to do the bulk of their rose pruning this month and in all but the very coldest parts of the country, if you want to leave the garden as tidy as possible for …Read More
In winter, very little need be done if suitable containers were used in the first place and the planting done properly. Large, heavy stone troughs, tubs, etc., should not freeze solid except under very extreme conditions. Cheaper, thin concrete and plastic containers can freeze through in certain circumstances and therefore if the plants in them are somewhat choice and if it is at all possible, they should be placed in …Read More
Inspect your prospective purchase for workmanship. If you are satisfied on all counts in that respect, the choice is up to you. Again, you will find a larger one of more use, as you will wish to furnish it with garden chairs, a table, and other items to make outdoor living more comfortable.
Uses. Many people buy a summerhouse intending it to double up as a shed, but if you want …Read More
The ornamental garden. This is mainly a month to continue those jobs started last month – dividing and replanting herbaceous perennials, taking up old bedding plants and replacing with biennials and spring bedding plants, and removing tender perennials to the protection of the greenhouse.
Lift dahlias and gladioli corms – hang upside down to dry before cleaning them, dip in fungicide: dry off thoroughly and store in a cool, dry place.
Continue …Read More
Most of the trials and tribulations affecting other garden plants also affect those under glass, only worse, because the increased warmth and close atmosphere will encourage them. There are, however, many which are especially annoying in the greenhouse, the most common of which are listed in the table below.
Common Greenhouse Problems
Rotting flowers and buds, grey mould or discoloured blotches on leaves, stems and sometimes fruit
Spray with Benlate. Remove affected parts. …Read More