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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, 6 July 2020

This Month in Your Garden - July

Gardening requires lots of water, most of it in the form of perspiration. Lou Erickson


Scorching days in June and earlier months have meant a regime of constant watering for many gardeners. Planting in containers, pots and hanging baskets calls for making sure they also don’t dry out, while you remember the tomato plants in the greenhouse and the vegetables in that rather dry plot. But when is best to water, morning or evening?

Thursday, 2 July 2020

The Lawncare Guide - July

For the avoidance of drought

It’s sorrowful. You’ve worked hard on the lawn with a firm regime of aerating, scarifying, cutting and collecting or mulching with the cutting deck or mower at precisely the right height – going by the book. You’ve treated for weeds and moss and given the grass good feed and fertiliser.

Lawn Care: Questions & Answers

Q. We treated the lawn with a weed and feed mix earlier in the year but now we have weeds popping up again. What can we do, should we weed and feed again?

The Vegetable Plot - July

If you’ve got the thyme…


There’s nothing more satisfying or mouth-watering than harvesting home-grown veg when it’s your own grown crop. Beetroot and tender carrot, fiery radishes in cool salads, broad beans, runner beans, garlic, cucumber, lettuce, aubergine and courgette flower.

The Big Glut Recipe - July

BURRATA WITH MARINATED COURGETTES AND AUBERGINES


From Homes & Gardens as a first course or a light lunch served with tomato bruschetta

Serves 6.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium courgettes (about 300g) 
  • 1 aubergine (about 300g)
  • Olive oil, enough for frying and drizzling
  • Small bunch of mint
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1–2tbsp best-quality red-wine vinegar (Volpaia, Forum or Unio Cabernet Sauvignon are all excellent)
  • 6 balls of burrata (or mozzarella)

Monday, 8 June 2020

This Month in Your Garden - June

If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need. Cicero 106 BC – 43 BC


For those of us lucky enough to have a garden there has been blessed relief in the past couple of months, with the weather favourable as well most of the time. Consider though, a garden can be any size and in any location you wish, with a little thought and study, which is where the library comes in. Even a balcony can become a garden area with a few well-chosen plants.