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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 September 2019

This Month in Your Garden - September

Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years. Anon.


How do you see your garden next year? Do you have a picture in your mind of swathes of colour across bright borders or muted, subtle shades and architectural planting. The act of gardening is good for physical health and the pleasure a garden brings has bearing on mental wellbeing. The garden need not be a complicated affair, often the simplest plan outshines the complex.

The Lawn Care Guide - September

The green, green grass of home


If the lawn suffered from the hot weather now is the time to bring it back and prepare it for the winter. This is the best month to treat for moss, which you can do with lawn sand or an organic treatment such as MO Bacter. Scarifying the lawn will remove dead thatch and moss, while aerating will provide drainage and get air to the roots of the grass.

Lawn Care: Questions & Answers

Q. Can I make my own top dressing? 


The Vegetable Plot - September

"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves." Mahatma Gandhi


Crop rotation in the vegetable plot is important to avoid soil nutrients becoming depleted. It also helps reduce the spread of soil-born disease and lessens the need for pest control. You decide what crops you want to grow and plant the same type in one area. Then every year the type of plants grown in that area are changed.

The Big Glut - September

Layered aubergine and lentil bake


Simple, healthy, low calorie vegetarian bake from BBC Good Food

Ingredients

  • 2 aubergines, cut into ½ cm slices lengthways
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 140g Puy lentils
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves,finely chopped
  • 300g cooked butternut squash
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • ½ small pack basil leaves
  • 125g ball of mozzarella, torn

Friday, 2 August 2019

This Month in Your Garden - August

'Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it'. Russel Baker


Vacation or staycation, holiday time needs a bit of planning. If you’re away is there someone who could lend a hand in your garden to water and keep things ticking over? If it’s a large garden with lots to do it may be worth getting a local company in and they can be sorting out borders and planting while you’re putting your feet up on a sunbed in some tropical paradise.