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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Grow-How Tips for Mid-August

So how’s it all going for you?! In this year of peculiar weather, many of us will have been in unknown territory – how have our plants fared through a bitter late winter, a sopping spring, and now a roasting summer?  Strange botanical goings-on, worthy of The X-Files (cue the spooky music) but regardless, a gardener’s work is never done…. TAKING STOCK August is a great time to walk slowly round your garden with a notebook and pen and look critically at everything.  Make a note of plant-combinations that look fabulous even if they were inadvertent (mine very often are!),...

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Grow-How Tips for High Summer

  The summer rolls on, and what a scorcher we’ve had so far! Water-preservation has been the order of the day round here and the drought-tolerant plants have had a field day while much else has struggled. To take your mind off miserable mimulus and such like, here are a few tasks to be getting on with: HELPING THE HERBS I wonder if your herb-patch is starting to look a bit woolly and floppy by now – ours certainly is!  – this is a good time to cut it back and encourage fresh new leaves to form before the end of the summer. Do...

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