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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.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

This Month in Your Garden - September

A late summer garden has a tranquillity found no other time of year. William F Longgood


September may be an autumn month but it often clings on to August weather albeit in a slightly cooler manner, which is ideal for the gardener. Those scorching days of summer were not inviting if there was work to be done and the rain and warmth have certainly brought up the weeds in abundance.

The Lawncare Guide - September

The green, green grass of home


If you have prepared the ground for a new lawn you can start seeding or do it nearer the end of the month into October depending on the weather. If you have sown a new lawn it should germinate after ten to fourteen days and when it reaches 2 to 3cm (1”) high it will benefit from a light rolling.

Lawn Care: Questions & Answers

Q. We’ve had a lot of rain and now there’s a spread of moss especially in shady areas of the lawn where we have trees. How can we treat it?

The Vegetable Plot - September

 The big freeze in September


You will be lifting your potatoes and onions now, leaving beds free for moving in the spring cabbage you sowed in mid-July where they can mature. Half-space plant them, then in spring you can lift alternate plants and leave the others to grow on for later.

The Big Glut Recipe - September

 Orchard crumble


Just the ticket when you have a glut of fruit. From BBC Good Food

Ingredients
  • 400g apple, peeled, cored and cut into small pieces
  • 400g stoned plum, cut into chunky wedges
  • 2 tbsp sugar, any type
  • 300g fig, woody stalks trimmed, quartered
  • 300g blackberry or brambles, washed well
  • Cream, custard or ice cream, to serve

Monday, 3 August 2020

This Month in Your Garden - August

In summer, the song sings itself -  William Carlos Williams


Weather computer forecast models are telling us August is to be a mixed month. It’s hard to go wrong with that kind of forecast, bit of warm, bit of rain, a little dry, the odd heavy shower. Whatever the weather you won’t keep us gardeners from pottering around especially since the garden has had more than usual attention over the last few months.