Monthly Tips & Tasks – November

Monthly Tips & Tasks – November

Fruit & Vegetables, Lawns, Monthly Tips & Tasks, Summer Gardening, The Flower Garden, Uncategorized

Unfortunately Covid-19 is still restricting us from meeting. As I write this I do miss the personal contact at the monthly meetings, but the plants carry on regardless!

One advantage of the restrictions is we have plenty of time to spend in the garden and be up to date with every thing that needs to be done. My garden is coming along with many of the new plants now in their second year starting to grow as I’d hoped. I have been putting photos of some of these as they begin to flower on Facebook have a look here.

Weeds just do not have a chance in my garden, it is as if I am waiting for them to grow so that I can hoe them out instantly.

This month plants will begin to grow rapidly so it is important that we get on with the planting and sowing of all the summer vegetables and flowers.

Fruit trees will benefit from some fertiliser and spraying for pests and fungal diseases. Stone fruit may need to be thinned so that good size fruit will develop.

Edible Flowers

Edible Flowers

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Edible Flowers With spring blooms starting to colour our gardens after winter, and many of us planting seeds for the coming season, I am excited to propagate a very special set of edibles in my garden – flowers. Edible flowers have seen a revival in interest in recent years as celebrity chefs and home cooks … Read More

Bouquet Garni

Bouquet Garni

Fruit & Vegetables, Herb of the Month, Uncategorized

A bouquet garni, which is French for a  “garnished bouquet”; is a bundle of more pungent or  “robust”  herbs which  release their flavor during a  slow cooking process.  It is mainly used to flavour soup, stews and stock.  In contrast,  “fines herbes” are a combination of fresh chopped  fragrant herbs, such as, parsley, chervil, tarragon, and  chives. Fine … Read More

Microclimates in the Garden

Microclimates in the Garden

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One of the more interesting aspects of gardening is the identification of areas in the garden which have different climates. In these locations, we can grow plants that may be different from those of our neighbours and friends. Identifying microclimates also allows gardeners to plan their garden for the best results. To understand microclimates is to understand your garden, its orientation, soils, slope (if any), shelter, setting of the house, buildings, and anything else that directly effects the site. Gardeners also need to understand the microclimates of rainfall, sunshine hours, prevailing winds, wind types, temperature variation and the like. It is the combination of these factors which creates microclimates in the garden. Every garden has microclimates. Here is a description of some of the factors.

Monthly Tips & Tasks – July

Monthly Tips & Tasks – July

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July is better spent indoors and is certainly not the time to undertake any big outdoor projects! The recent rain will recharge the ground water, hopefully we’ll continue to get more before the spring work starts.

As the ground is now very wet it’s important to avoid digging or planting until the moisture in the soil dries out a little. This prevents damaging the structure of the soil.

Monthly Tips & Tasks – June

Monthly Tips & Tasks – June

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June means winter is here. Fortunately we’ve had some rain but more is needed to increase soil moisture to a point were it is no longer in deficit.
The last of the leaves will have fallen so now is the time to give the whole garden a good clean up, removing all the leaves, weeds and plants that have finished.
Pruning fruit trees can be started but only on fine sunny days, there is no great hurry yet!

Monthly Tips & Tasks – May

Monthly Tips & Tasks – May

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May heralds the end of autumn and the beginning of winter so many of the tasks this month involve cleaning up around the garden and doing repairs and maintenance on green houses, shade houses and any structures used for climbing plants. Autumn has been mild and dry so far, so many of the plants have not yet dried off (dahlias and begonias) or frosted back. This may delay lifting them for the winter but if you want to plant some of the winter /spring plants you can lift them and place them in trays to dry off. Spring bulbs will need to be planted before the end of the month as the colder wetter weather will make it more difficult once it arrives.