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Last year I ripped out an old strawberry bed as the plants had gone past their best. As if by magic, I was sent several new strawberry varieties to trial. Of course, my son soon had his eye on the plants and suggested he grow them instead of me
Following my find of a dead swift in the flower bed, there have been a lot of blog comments on cats, and how welcome or unwelcome they are in the garden. So I just had to share the following, because I found it so comical. It is taken from a
for my maincrop spuds.My only complaint is that the potatoes have scab. I've never had a problem with potato scab before, but this year it's affected my precious Charlottes, particularly at one end of the bed. Potatoes thrive in acid soil, and potato scab
724Church Lane, Gawsworth, Macclesfield, Cheshire01260 223 456www.gawsworthhall.comSK11 9RNOpen 5 May-22 Sep, Sun only, plus daily 1 Jul-31 Aug, 2-5pm. Adults/OAPs £7.50, under-17s £3.50. Card valid for the whole property, but not valid on bank hols or for special events.parking,...
manures, sown onto beds and borders and forming a green carpet that can be dug directly into the soil, improving its organic content. Where areas aren't required for crops or bedding for a couple of months I put the area to good use by sowing green manures
I'm rather proud of the plot at the moment. It's weeded, fed, mulched and manured, the potatoes are chitted and in, and the beds are ready. Best of all, I've just top dressed my paths with lovely wood chips, which set the whole thing off to a 'T
A couple of years ago I finally took the plunge and planted an asparagus bed. Its a crop I'd never appreciated until a few years ago, but now I love it (especially lightly steamed, with a little salty butter). Now I'm all of a flutter, because
Cosmos was one of the first bedding plants I ever grew from seed, and still remains a favourite. It provides height to displays with an airiness few other plants can match. Tall stems carry fine, feathery foliage, each topped with simple, brightly
819The Balk, Pocklington, East Yorkshire01759 307 125www.burnbyhallgardens.comYO42 2QFOpen, 23 Mar-6 Oct, daily, 10am-5.30pm. Adults £4.65, OAPs £3.95, children (5-15) £2.50. For winter opening days, times & prices, phone or see website. Single discount with card: 50%. Card valid...
934Canongate, St Andrews, Fife 01334 476 452www.st-andrews-botanic.orgKY16 8RTOpen all year, daily: 1 Apr-30 Sep 10am-7pm; 1 Oct-31 Mar 10am-4pm. Adults £2, OAPs/children (5-15) £1. Single discount with card: 50%. Card not valid for special events – phone or see website for detai...