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.
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.
Fifty years ago orchids were rarely seen outside stately homes with large gardens and greenhouses. I don’t recall seeing them during my five year gardening apprenticeship training, though we were given notes on their culture.
Fifty years ago there was an armada of chemicals to use for every gardening problem.
I just love it when the first strawberries ripen and the berry picking season begins.
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.