In early youth, once you are old enough to sample a wee bit of alcohol you go over a threshold with a new experience that stays with you, but is forever changing as life evolves.
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.
Gardening this summer has become a task to plan ahead to avoid the thunder showers and if the sun is forecast to shine for a few hours we need to be outdoors to bring in the harvest.
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.
This must be the driest April for a long time. Scotland gets rain in the west, and the north, but seems to miss the Tayside region.
Summer has just about gone, or maybe we are still waiting for it to arrive, once that rain goes off.
A couple of weeks ago any surplus fruit and vegetables from the allotment plot found a good home at our City Road Allotments open day. We had a fantastic day, people turned up in droves and most of us had a complete sell out with visitors having a great time exploring our plots, along with plenty of activities to amuse the kids.
Strawberry growing has always been a mixture of producing a very healthy and tasty fruit and rising to the challenge of growing them big, disease free, and over as long a season as possible.
Orchids once held the reputation of being expensive to buy and difficult to grow as these exotics were not native to our climate.
Gardeners have always loved to rise to the challenge of getting the biggest plant possible.