This last week has been quite the contrast to those balmy days we experienced earlier in the month, where spring did the finest impression of summer. The ‘Halcyon days’ as I now refer to them as. These past few days however, have acted despicably; we need rain! Lots of rain! But what do we get? [...]
...Sow I am now. It started in January with Sweet Peas. 'Old Fashion Mix' , 'Erewhon' and ' Almost Black'. A bit Like choosing a horse in the Grand National, I chose them because I liked their names. ( Second time I've made that Joke now, still only me laughing.) Pinched out, they're fattening up [...]
It's that time of year where it's not always obvious what we should be doing in the garden. In between winter and spring. Springter? The winter digging regime by now ( for me at least ) is completed. At home a list of pruning tasks are also complete (these included Wisteria, Climbing Roses, Buddleja and [...]
Although couch grass (pronounced coo-ch, Latin name Elymus repens sometimes known as Agropyron repens) is said to have uses in herbal medicine, most gardeners and allotment holders will know it as an invasive weed that is difficult to control.
Our own little plot is riddled with it.
It might seem as though you’re fighting a losing battle when it comes to couch grass, but with perseverance and a little bit of understanding about how it grows and survives, it is possible to keep it at bay. (Although that is likely to take us many years of vigilant work!)
Why is it a problem?
Couch grass grows rapidly through the top layer of soil, creating a thick mat of roots, removing water and nutrients from the soil and making it difficult to plant other things.
Like all plants, it exudes chemicals to help it survive and some of these…
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Snowdrops, Aconites, Hellebores, Crocus, amongst others, mark the ending of winter, and the beginning of spring. Soon Fritillaries, Daffodils and Bluebells will take the torch. Then spring really has started. Winter forgotten. I like to accept the 1st of march as the start of spring, although if I were more patient, I'd wait until the [...]
Last Weekend me and my Partner decided to stay for a night at one of our favourite Country House Hotels ( this makes me sound like I'm visiting country houses every week - trust me, I'm not!)... Which also just so happens to be where my father works as the Head (only) Gardener, 15 acres [...]
Most people, when commuting will probably pass an allotment site every day without a second thought. Nothing special, just like passing a hedgerow. An ancient, endangered, home to wildlife, stopping the beasts in the fields causing havoc hedgerow. Like I say, nothing special. But have you ever looked at an allotment from above? I have. [...]
This week, whilst out and about, I bumped in to one of my allotment neighbours. Lovely bloke, who like a lot of the people on the site will always stop for a chat and occasionally pass on their top tips. Most of the advice this chap (Who I'll call Paul) has given me has been [...]
Here are a selection of garden photos from 2016. Some of them are from my own garden, but the majority of them are from gardens I've vistited throughout the year. I've captioned the ones which are from mine but otherwise I'll try leave words out to try and keep this a bit shorter. I've also [...]