Choosing plants for the garden is usually fairly simple for most areas, but there is always an awkward corner in deep shade from buildings, trees, hedges or fences. These areas can still be made very attractive provided you choose the right plants. Some plants like dry shady areas and others prefer it moist, so do some research before buying in plants. Prepare the ground by digging over, removing big stones and add some planting compost ahead of planting.
Home grown tomatoes will always be so much better than those purchased from the supermarket.
My introduction to the humble raspberry was in the early fifties when this eight year old followed a group of young kids from our housing estate to our local raspberry fields, just a ten minute walk away.
Although the spring flowers are just getting started we still need to look ahead to a plan of action to make sure the summer flowers will put on a great show.
The festive season has come and gone. There was no white Christmas, in fact we are well into winter and yet still to see some snow, but now I’ve said that, it is just about guaranteed to come within the next few days.
May is normally the peak flowering time for tulips, but with our mild winters and early spring, tulips have been in flower since March.
Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Camellias flood the garden with colour in late spring when most spring bedding plants and bulbs have faded away.
It may only be mid May, but summer has arrived.
We may be in mid-winter and as it’s a wee bit cold outdoors, and the first snow-flakes have arrived, so better to do some indoor gardening.
With the festive season upon us, John Stoa reflects on his year in the garden