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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a young gardener, plant propagation was a very important topic.
The arrival of Halloween can only mean one thing for John Stoa – pumpkins!