Preparing for the Chilly Season – Grow-How Tips for Early October

A real change in the air now as the garden takes on its autumn colours. There’s plenty to do as you pack away the outdoor furniture and make sure that your plants are ready to face the winter. Here are some ideas for tasks such as sowing Hardy Annuals and broad beans, laying a soil mulch, and taking hardwood cuttings – all the sorts of jobs that are usually done in the company of an inquisitive robin round here at this time of year…….. HARDY ANNUAL SEED-SOWING Plants from annual seeds can complete their life-cycle in one summer and...

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Kiss me Hardy Annuals!

What fun hardy annuals are! Lots and lots of easy, pretty things from seeds scattered over a bit of soil – even a most frightful horticultural snob like Laura can’t get sniffy about that, surely?  Now I am well aware that the clever-clogs among you will be saying “Why are the Growbags talking about hardy annuals NOW? ‘hardy’ means that these plants all survive frost, so I (cue: very smug expression) sowed all my Orlaya and Scabious etc. etc. last September, and they are already looking FAB!” Okay, well, good for you, and I have sown a few like that in...

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