We will always remember the summer of 2018 with its long hot and dry spell, but 2019 seems to be even hotter, but with plentiful thunderstorms so there was never any shortage of water.
As summer makes way for autumn, the harvesting range of fruit and vegetables changes as most of the soft fruit has been picked as well as summer cabbages, cauliflower, onions, broad beans and early potatoes.
My interest in gardening started in childhood encouraged by keen gardeners in the family, so it was natural to choose it for a career as well as a hobby.
Fifty years ago orchids were rarely seen outside stately homes with large gardens and greenhouses. I don’t recall seeing them during my five year gardening apprenticeship training, though we were given notes on their culture.
As a young gardener, plant propagation was a very important topic.
The arrival of Halloween can only mean one thing for John Stoa – pumpkins!
Autumn is a great time to look ahead to next year and make plans for the spring flowering displays.
Fifty years ago there was an armada of chemicals to use for every gardening problem.
At some point we all experience the trials and tribulations of moving house, usually in connection with going for a new job, or as we get older we no longer need a large home so we down size to a smaller house.
It is always easy to find a wee job in the garden, even after all the main tasks have been completed.