Autumn beckons – Grow-how tips for early September

The year has tipped into September, and the light feels softer, the evenings are chillier….A keen gardener knows that these changes signal a return to action after the less frenetic high summer months, so let’s get busy with the herb garden, harvesting veg and trimming hedges………….. Helping the herbs Many herbs are so easy to look after, it seems almost bonkers not to grow a few to brighten up the flavour of food (even my husband who has never willingly pulled up a weed can maintain a very productive herb patch outside his beloved kitchen..) You truly don’t need...

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It’s time for a mini makeover – Grow How tips for early September

September has such a wonderful mellow quality about it – all the summer fandango is fading but the weather is often still very pleasant for gardening, so here are some tasks to have a go at, including cutting back spent plants, giving the hedges a final trim, and taking some herb cuttings: CUTTING BACK If you want a good show of general loveliness in September, you need to think about what to cut back. There will probably be a lot of plants in your garden that have done their thing beautifully through the summer but are now ‘past it’...

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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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