Sowing New Lawns A good lawn is the pride and joy of many gardeners. As summer ends, prepare the soil for sowing new lawns. Autumn sown lawns are often less 'weedy' than spring sown, so cease the opportunity. Read our guide before you start!
Why grow vegetables? Salads, tomatoes, beans and peas - all are so much better straight from the garden. small space options are more important than ever.
Changing to more wet and mould resistant varieties of lettuce, using raised beds, starting plants under cover, using cloches, etc. There are ways to cope! See our Vegetable Garden Diary for more.
It's time to start thinking about vegetables. VegetablesOur guide to why, how and when.
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Garden Shed Essentials One of the things that you really appreciate when the weather turns damp and cool is a really good garden shed. To be terribly trendy we could call it a potting shed, but most of us ‘pot’ in the glasshouse!
Not only is the garden shed somewhere to stash your gardening gear - all those precious tools and essentials, but also it is somewhere to head for when the heavens open! A good garden shed is a great investment. Tools, garden stakes, seeds, wheelbarrows, the lot, are safe dry and cared for. Do invest in a series of hooks for hanging spades, forks etc, it is not only tidier by better for the tools themselves.
Garden sheds come in all shapes, sizes and sources. Some are as gorgeous as this, some are a little more rustic. Try to make it possible to enjoy a cuppa while you sort seeds, write labels or plan the day’s work.
Pests in the vege garden have made one gardener re think. A large 'cage' has been built to keep out the rabbits and possums. Other side benefits were found - the weather effects were modified, fewer white butterflies and the cat didn't dig up the seedlings! Try this link
Plants have a number of defences for cold, adapting in ways that enable them to survive from season to season. Understanding these helps us to carry our plants through the cold months.
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