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The sun is shining and the daffodils are out. Nothing spells the start of spring like a mass of golden, trumpet-shaped narcissi.Among the flowering daffodils are some that are only producing foliage. These ‘blind’ daffodils, either side of the driveway, are probably failing to fl...
Living on a hillside, I’m fortunately not in danger of being flooded, but it doesn’t mean I’m not feeling the effects of the recent heavy rains. It’s difficult to walk around my sloping garden without slipping over, and the grassed areas have turned to deep mud. They’re in a wors...
now. They’re much more likely to germinate and grow successfully now that the soil’s warmer. It would have been a risk planting them a few weeks ago when it was still so cold.Some vegetable seeds can be sown directly outdoors now. I tend to sow only
I’m a big fan of raspberries, which are the most reliable of all the soft fruit crops that I grow. My soil is heavy and alkaline, and I’ve found that autumn-fruiting raspberries last much longer in it than summer-fruiting varieties. So now I stick
. It was useful, but still more information is needed. In order gauge the extent of the problem and work out the speediest end to it, the scientists working on it need your help.So, if you have any busy Lizzies (Impatiens) growing in your garden this year
to strike. I always try to sow my seeds fairly thinly and keep the seedlings in a very well lit spot. If you grow your seedlings in the house on a windowsill, they are likely to get a bit drawn. You can provide them with extra light by putting a sheet