When you reach a certain age you are able to look back to your childhood and compare it to today’s kids growing up in a technological age.
Crops in the greenhouse, may be well protected from the worst of the weather, so the incessant rainfall did not worry grapes, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes, but lack of sunshine has been a big problem.
Autumn is a great time to look ahead to next year and make plans for the spring flowering displays.
The garden is beginning to go into its autumn phase as berried plants such as the rowan, and cotoneasters are starting to steal the show and summer flowers start to fade away.
John Stoa goes on a trip down memory lane at the allotment.
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.
To achieve consistently good crop yields of fruit and vegetables and a glorious display of flowers we learn good gardening techniques for each type of plant, use the best varieties, and make sure our soil is fertile, well drained and weed free.
It is always easy to find a wee job in the garden, even after all the main tasks have been completed.
The jet stream has a lot to answer for, says John Stoa as he sorts his summer flowers
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.