11.What about some fabulous fruit? #DigYourOwnaForCorona

So we’ve got our salad crops on the go and plans in place for that warming winter veg, all we need now is some home-grown fruit for delicious summer puds, jams and jellies, with some left over to stock up the freezer. There’s such a range of varieties now to suit any size of garden, terrace or even balcony but which are the best to grow and how should you go about it? You’ve got Laura again today, I clearly passed muster on the winter veg front so Elaine has let me loose on summer fruits. It’s a huge...

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Therapy for Troubled Times – Grow How Tips for Late March

If ever there was a time to feel glad that we have a mutual interest in gardening, this is it. Not being able to share our hobby physically at the moment, we can still get on with the myriad jobs of spring, like seed-sowing, herb-growing and fern-titivation……… Calm in the Chaos Last year’s angst about Brexit seems almost twee by comparison with the fear and anxiety around in this coronapocalyptic atmosphere. Much has been written recently about the importance of horticulture to enhance well-being, hugely endorsed by the RHS, amongst others, who have brought out a new book on...

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Gardening Jobs for early March

It’s time to dandy up the dogwoods OK, you’ve enjoyed those lovely bright stems of Salix (Willow)  and Cornus (Dogwood) cultivars all winter, cheering up the garden through the dull months, but if you want the same again next year, you must be very stern with them (being a schoolteacher, I’m quite good at that).   Sharpen your secateurs and cut their stems back to the base.  The fancy word for this task is the slightly unfortunate term ‘stooling’, but don’t let that put you off. New coloured and leafy stems will quickly replace them.  If you don’t do this pruning, your plant will gradually...

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