The Blight is Back

A very wet July and August has seen the return of the dreaded tomato blight. With a warm and dry start to the summer, the tomatoes were looking healthy and strong, then along came July and overnight the temperatures plummeted and the rain started. The rainy, damp days continued throughout non … [Read more...]



Grow Your Own Garden

Carol Klein is passionate about propagating plants, in fact her own garden in Devon is almost grown entirely from cutting, root divisions and seeds and in her latest book she shares her joy in working with nature to cultivate the plants she loves. Too often gardeners feel intimidated by … [Read more...]



Large brown caterpillar

Over the last few weeks, notes and holes started to appear on the leaves of one of our clematis, this was followed very quickly by huge chunks taken out of the recently emerged leaves of an old English rose. With no sign of slug or snail slime (our usual culprits), we had no option but to go … [Read more...]



Patio Potatoes

One of our readers experimented this year by growing potatoes in a tub on the patio.  At the end of August, after the stalks had died back, he emptied out about 8Kg of tubers. Earlier in the year, four seed potatoes were planted at the base of a 20 litre pot Gradually adding compost as … [Read more...]



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