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.
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.
My first experience of fresh raspberries goes back to the early fifties as this wee scruffy lad joined a band of other kids from the new housing estate St. Mary’s and headed into the countryside to pick some berries for which we would get paid a hefty price of a half penny for every pound picked.
Gardeners have always loved to rise to the challenge of getting the biggest plant possible.
Orchids once held the reputation of being expensive to buy and difficult to grow as these exotics were not native to our climate.
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.
The summer harvest season is now in full swing with soft fruit and summer vegetables all ready to pick.
We are now beginning to reap the benefits from this warm summer, as the first strawberries ripened up at the end of May.
It’s flower show season. Courier gardening expert John Stoa sorts out his beds from his borders.