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to traipsing around shopping centres, searching for Christmas gifts.
are formed of segments (e.g. prickly pears, Christmas cacti), always remove whole segments as cuttings – don’t split segments in half.Succulents that form clumps, such as aloes, haworthias and agaves, should be divided by simply taking the plant out of its
- we've always forgotten about that in previous years and it's so good to eat your own potatoes for Christmas dinner. Of course the seasoned allotmenteers on my site like Ron next door know all this but every generation has to find out for themselves
. bonica, which will almost certainly still be flowering at Christmas.It is very important to be quick off the mark when bare rooted stock arrives. Don't let them dry out - I tend to put them in the water butt for a couple of hours as soon as they arrive
fish one out of a glass of red wine over the Christmas holiday.
've already eaten and given away pretty much an entire row of one of our early varieties, but it's the maincrop potatoes that are worrying me (yes, I'm thinking ahead to Christmas lunch already).Small brown patches have appeared on the foliage and early signs
. All that Christmas goodwill just flew out the window. The cheek of the thing.The Reeves's muntjac is a small (about 45cm high) and extremely impertinent deer (we're surrounded by woods so we often see them). Unlike all other deer species, they
If, like most people over Christmas, you've eaten too much and not had enough exercise or fresh air, it's time to shake off your lethargy and get back out into the garden.The New Year is a good time to re-evaluate our gardens, whether they
is like tackling an assault course. It won’t actually take that long to complete the job, but the weather over Christmas has been so cold (and kept me indoors decorating my daughter’s bedroom) that I’m putting off the job until conditions have warmed up a
Nearly back to normal now, after Christmas and New Year. Sunday saw us with 3-year-old scooting in Dulwich Park. Thankfully there was no wind, because it was blisteringly cold, and the ground was still covered in frost. So when I saw a small bird