As I am semi-retired, I find that spare time is at a premium these days. Northumberland gets dark quite quikly at this time of the year, relatively, to say Surrey, and even Herefordshire, so, I tend to let the lotty go rest in peace for about three months. The mustard green manure is waving in the winter gales, and sunflower heads are providing refuge for whatever bugs care to use them. I see no takers so far !!
The Monty v Buckland squabble will rumble on, and I find Bucky was a likeable feller, and more dare I say, 'down to earth' than Monty, who seems to have an unlimited amount of financial wedge behind him, twisting the TV company to support his own garden. I am not 'AGAINST' Monty, but not with him either. I just don't connect with the vast resources he has.