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.
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.
Darker nights and cooler temperatures can only mean one thing – summer is all but over and autumn is here, says John Stoa.
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The autumn harvest is continuing in John Stoa’s garden.
After a season of rich pickings, it’s time for John Stoa to preserve his autumn crops.
Herbaceous plants are traditionally grown in a long border with an evergreen hedge or shrubs behind them to create a dark background to set against the colourful flowers.
Summer was late to start, and the rain was never far away, but things turn round, the summer returns and the garden just bursts into growth with flowers everywhere.
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.
Home grown tomatoes will always be so much better than those purchased from the supermarket.