21 October 2014
As the festive season approaches, thousands of children around the world will be making wishes. Here at home, they’ll be hoping Santa brings them the latest must-have toys and gadgets. But elsewhere, they’ll be wishing for very different things – like clean water, enough food to eat, or the chance of a life-changing education.
21 October 2014
One of the best things about winter is venturing outdoors on a crisp winter’s day to explore frosty landscapes and discover winter wildlife. From exotic colour to spectacular landscapes that seem to look their best with a sprinkle of seasonal frost, the National Trust cares for some great places worth exploring during the cold winter months.
- Harrogate - always dressed to impress
- Commemorative poppy displays at Arundel Castle’s gardens
- School wins Suttons' Tallest Sunflower Competition
- Little garden of horrors
- Some seasonal gift ideas from the RHS
- West Dean Gardens to feature in new BBC gardening series
- Clumber’s garden of national treasures
- Carve a heart on your pumpkin for the children of Syria
- Five millionth visitor arrives at The Lost Gardens of Heligan!
- ‘Mobile wilderness’ to be installed in the heart of Sheffield
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2 October 2014
If you like to dig your soil each year to help incorporate organic matter or perhaps to help alleviate a serious weed problem, now is the time to start. This assumes that the soil is in a suitable condition – that is, not too wet or, as the winter progresses, frozen. However, the longer the weather has to work on the soil, the better.
3 September 2014
Root crops such as carrots, celeriac and beetroot are very hardy and in many areas can be left in the ground over winter for harvesting as needed unless you need the soil to plant other crops. However, in very wet winters they may rot and also slugs, especially the little black keeled slugs, may take their toll. In cold areas or on wet soils therefore lift the roots, clean and trim them and store them in dry sand or dried, recycled growing bag compost in boxes for the winter.
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26 September 2014People’s motives for growing plants vary. For some it’s about economy, for others it’s purely for enjoyment or knowing where your produce comes from and what goes into it. And then there are those who ‘Grow to Show’.
12 February 2014The timing of this blog was inspired by a very special little girl. This delightful little thing was sitting in her high chair with a small tomato in each hand biting into them alternately and really savouring the flavour. Interestingly, neither of her parents likes tomatoes so it is nice to see them letting her try things for herself. I’m guessing her mum might be growing some cherry tomatoes this year!
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