Seed-sowing, staking and sacred bamboo – Grow-How Tips for March

First up: We’re reviewing a great new gardening book ‘Diary of a Modern Country Gardener’ today – do have a look at the bottom of this post. Even if some of us are still trudging through snow, the lengthening days lure us into the garden in March. There is much to be done – staking the perennials, getting the children sowing seeds, planting dahlia tubers, so off we go…….. Getting the toms going In my humble opinion, there simply isn’t a better vegetable than tomatoes (though actually it’s a berry!) to grow yourself rather than buy.And the main reason...

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Nandina domestica

Otherwise known as the sacred or heavenly bamboo, it is in fact a member of the same family as Berbers and Mahonia. It is the eastern equivalent of holly, being widespread in India, Japan and China. In Japan (where it is often grown in a pot outside the front door), it is said that if you have a nightmare you should go and tell your nandina, so as to dispel any harm that might otherwise follow. A bit like our European equivalent of telling the bees (if you’re a beekeeper) about the important events in your life. Who knows where these customs...

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