Tomato growing has always been one of the gardening challenges with great rewards when you pick that first fruit fully ripened on the bush, and then followed by loads more as the season progresses. Summer salads would never be complete without some home grown tomatoes.
A mature garden that has been well designed with a lot of interest all year round gives a great deal of pleasure and has plenty of plant stories to write about.
The crops have now all been harvested, apart from some blackberries, autumn fruiting raspberries, and perpetual fruiting strawberries, so it is a good time to recall how they performed so we can plan next years fruit season.
The beginning of October should be the time when autumn kicks in and summer becomes a pleasant but distant memory.
The summer harvest season is now in full swing with soft fruit and summer vegetables all ready to pick.
The chance of success with growing grapes outdoors in Scotland is down to a range of factors, such as choosing varieties that will ripen fruit in a cooler climate, selection of a sheltered and warmer usually south facing site, and good growing husbandry.
We are now beginning to reap the benefits from this warm summer, as the first strawberries ripened up at the end of May.
The festive season is a time to relax and enjoy the benefits of our labour over the past year.
Every year has a different story to tell in the garden as no two years are alike, and one year’s climate can affect plants over several years.
Orchids once held the reputation of being expensive to buy and difficult to grow as these exotics were not native to our climate.