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Each month, receive tips on the top jobs needed in your garden as well as a wealth of information on a range of gardening topics. From sowing seeds to picking fruit, each month get access to information on the care and maintenance of your flowerbeds, vegetable plot and lawn. As with your own gardening diary, the journal is split into separate sections, each covering a different area of garden care.

Monday, 2 November 2020

This Month in Your Garden - November

"Autumn is marching on: even the scarecrows are wearing dead leaves." Otsuyu Nakagawa

Well, they are saying we’re in for a mild winter, but this is Britain and we’re all experts at talking about the weather. November starts a little wet but nothing like 3rd October, the wettest day on record for the UK, with enough rain in a day to fill Loch Ness. 

The Lawncare Guide - November

 Not a patch in sight


You only need to mow now if growth dictates, such as in warmer areas of the country. Where temperatures are above 5º (41ºF) grass continues growing, which may mean some final cuts with the cutting height set to about 4cm (1.5”). This height will give the grass protection during the winter months.

Lawn Care: Questions & Answers

Q. We have had a lot of weeds on the lawn this year, how do we deal with them?


The Vegetable Plot - November

 Dig that!

An old gardener (he was in his nineties) interviewed in a well-known TV gardening programme said, “always use a spade, son, that’s what my old dad used to say”. True, when you are digging your vegetable plot. If the ground has not been dug before or is very hard, use the double-digging technique. 

The Big Glut Recipe - November

Beetroot cured cod with fennel and kohlrabi slaw

By the BBC Good Food Team.

Ingredients

  • 150g grated raw beetroot
  • 1 lemon , zested
  • 25ml gin
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped dill fronds
  • 1 fresh skinless fillet of cod , about 240g

Thursday, 1 October 2020

This Month in Your Garden - October

‘The winds give me enough fallen leaves to make a fire.’ Ryokan Taigu


The Fall is the more than apt description for autumn’s annual leaf deposit and there are many parts of our island that rival New England’s spectacularly colourful display. After the great show, we do of course have the task of clearing up and adding all those leaves to the compost or filling plastic sacks to make leaf mould.