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I don’t like waste, so digging dandelions from the lawn last week got me thinking about the value of weeds. Dandelions are hardly the master of disguise, revealing their position in the lawn with brilliant yellow flowers. I used a long-bladed, old
The one success I've had in this dismal summer is my leeks. They have been tremendous. Trouble is I don't want to use any for a few weeks and its the beginning of December. Will they be OK in the ground? Do they continue to grow? Will they rot? Any advice please. Leave them in, t...
I grow my french and runner beans in deep beds into which I have dug in lots of homemade garden compost. But my compost heaps are probably full of slugs and their eggs, so it is no coincidence that these deep beds are also full of the pesky things (but not others into which no co...
do you expose all of the onions in late summer ?or just the soil around the tops..and how long do you leave the onions there before you dig them up...
If any hole that you dig fills with water it suggests that your garden is very low. If that is the case then you can't really condition the soil to help matters, but need to raise it. Is that all of the time or just after rain? If its drainage after
the date when the first frost arrived last year - but I’m not, so I have absolutely no idea. Sorry. Anyway, things to do now the frost has finally arrived…First, this is the time to dig up dahlia tubers and bring them in for the winter. The foliage will now
I love mulching, and my soil loves it too. Not that I'd admit this in public, but I think it's partly the lazy gardener in me that chooses mulching over digging - it's a far easier way to incorporate bulky organic material into soil.Yes, there's a
to dig up half my flower garden to accommodate them all!My personal nominations for the list include:1. Courgette 'Tromboncino'2. Dwarf French Bean 'Maxi'3. Mangetout 'Oregon Sugar Pod'4. Sweetcorn 'Rising Sun'5. Watercress 'Aqua'And if I had to pick just
'glove question'. My reflections are prompted by having such cold fingers that I've had to dig out my fingerless Scrooge gloves in order to make typing easier.On one side of the glove debate is the very sensible Rachel de Thame argument that if doing
are often higher than those for sports like football and rugby.Gardening injuries are horribly common. They normally happen in spring, when the first sunny day of the year inspires hours of weeding, pruning and digging after a winter of sitting on the sofa