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How not to garden

Ever looked through other people’s Facebook feeds and thought how their lives must be way better than yours? I reckon it’s something most of us feel from time to time.

But of course, for every immaculate beach sunset there were dozens of grey rainy days – it’s just that online, everyone tends to present edited highlights rather than a warts-and-all account of what’s going on. And this blog is no exception. …Read More

Views from the Greenhouse

Good Bulbs, Weather and Company

What more can you ask for on a Saturday afternoon? Adrian and I have been planning a get together for planting and today’s the day. Our order from Bakker Spalding has arrived and we are eager to get started. Such a great feeling to get back into the gardening mode after the cold winter days.
Sleeves already rolled up but before we start we’ll spend a little time drinking coffee and …Read More

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The War On Slugs – Part 2

Following on from last week’s guide to mollusc-bashing, here are some more ways to banish slugs from your garden.
The War on Slugs has three fronts. The chemical (poisoning with pellets), the physical (barriers and traps) and biological (employing slug-eating animals).
This week it’s the turn of the physical. Physical barrier methods rely on making the surfaces around the plant difficult or unpleasant for the slug to cross. Based on personal experience …Read More

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

I’m excited. A big box has appeared from Spalding Plant & Bulb Company containing all manner of interesting and exciting things, not least of which are some packets of tomato seed. The gardening season is under way and I’m itching to get going.
First, a confession. Cabbages, onions, swedes… there’s a lot of traditional veg I really can’t be bothered to grow. They’re cheap to buy and to my mind taste …Read More

Spring Garden Flowers

Eager for Spring to Start!

With all the bad weather around we were very lucky in this corner of the UK to enjoy a relatively dry weekend. After all the wet and cold weather I felt a sense of freedom when I was wandering around my garden looking for signs of spring.  I found the occasional beautiful blue anemone blanda in flower (always a favourite of mine) and the arrival of a few snowdrops showing …Read More

Preparing for Spring

Preparing for spring

We’ve said goodbye to our Christmas festivities – welcomed in the New Year and now look forward to the arrival of spring. There will be many of you like Adrian and myself that can’t wait for dryer and lighter days so that we can once more get our sleeves rolled up and get stuck in.
Having said that the exciting season is getting closer and the thrill of seeing those wonderful new …Read More

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In Due Season – November

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

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Looking after the greenhouse

What you do regarding the cultivation of individual plants will largely depend on type and variety, but there are general rules of maintenance which will apply in most cases. If the greenhouse is constructed of timber, make sure it is regularly treated or painted.
Always keep the glass clean outside and in, especially in winter when light is at a premium. Dirty glass can considerably reduce the amount of light reaching the …Read More

Siting the greenhouse

Siting the greenhouse

Greenhouses are usually supplied with a plinth of the same material they are constructed with and this can be placed straight on to the earth or concrete where the house is to be erected, or, preferably, put on to a foundation and dwarf wall of bricks or concrete.
It is really a matter of personal preference whether you decide to concrete or pave the whole floor or leave borders down one …Read More