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not to bend over and catch the tip of a cane in your eye when weeding. It's fine advising people to pop a plastic bottle or similar cane topper in place, but these look even more obtrusive. But I suppose that's the point of them, as if you don't see them you
Where has all the clover come from this summer? My lawn is simply covered with clover - I don't recall it ever being so infested in the past. I'm not one of those people who is really bothered about weeds in my lawn, but just look at how it has
can? Rather than just stimulating my visual sense I was breathing in the scents and smells of my garden, and discovering another world that I so often ignore.Some of this is simply the unique smell of gardening - of mown grass, soil, weeds as they
, but as soon as her back is turned they're back. Aren't they always?I can't think of anything useful my dog actually does in the garden. Despite poodles being quite intelligent dogs and easy to train to do tricks, so far she hasn't taken to weeding. Watering
of weeding won't go amiss).Many hardy annuals also generously set seed. Either collect seed or let it fall onto the soil around and you'll have more flowers next year for free.So, what's your favourite annual?
, and most have evolved tactics to overcome whatever the weather throws at them.After such a 'challenging' year I'm treating my lawn this autumn to a combined lawn feed and weed. Autumn fertilisers are available with just the right balance of nutrients
to dig, spread a thick layer of compost, manure or composted green waste (like peat-free compost) over the soil surface. Worms will gradually work this in and the surface layer acts as a mulch to deter the germination of annual weeds.On the veg plot, I