Grow-How Tips for Early October

Oh dear! Summer’s definitely over now and we must bravely face the oncoming winter weather. The urgency has seeped out of the garden tasks, but there are still some jobs that can be done now, while we plan how to make our gardens EVEN better next year!… LOVE ME TENDER Those tender perennials that have been performing so well in our pots and containers all summer can yield us some easy cutting material now, which will provide us with lots of free strong plants for next year. And what’s more, they will take up a lot less space on your...

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Grow-How Tips for September

We’ve been lucky enough to stay on in Normandy for longer than other summers (oh how I’m loving retirement!), but the climate isn’t very different from most of England. It’s been windy here too admittedly, but nothing like this week’s damaging gales in Scotland (sorry to hear about that, Caroline). Our big pond is very low, though, and the garden is crying out for a few day’s solid rain.  Still, let’s get on with a few tasks while we are waiting for that to happen……. STUDYING DIVISION AND MULTIPLICATION I could never make head nor tail of these topics in maths at school...

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Grow-How Tips for Early September

What an interesting summer of gardening it’s been! I feel the effect of this year’s strange weather – one of the hottest on record – might be seen for several years to come on insect and bird populations as well as our garden-plants. Round here, the August rain has gone a long way to making the bog plants feel more comfortable again when all the heat-loving things have rushed to set seed. There are still plenty of things to be getting on with, and here are a few: HARDY ANNUALS FULL OF HOPE Early September is a very good...

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Grow-How Tips for Late August

I do hope this holiday season is going spiffingly well for you.  There is a more easeful air about the garden in August. In Scotland, the children are already back at school and in our gardens almost everything that was going to happen, has now happened, apart from the late flowerers and the harvesting of fruit and veg.  There are still a few nice little tasks you might consider while you wander around assessing your garden performance this year and wondering if you can throw the barbie away rather than clean it (you really can’t). ROSES FOR FREE Everyone...

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