Looking ahead into 2018

January 6 2018

Gardening and information technology have one thing in common, that both move forward as new ideas emerge, though in gardening the pace of change may be just a wee bit slower.


Seasons greetings: The gardening year ends

December 30 2017

As the gardening year draws to an end, now is the perfect time to look back and compare our hopes and expectations of creating a great garden with this years choice of plants and seeds, but working with the weather which is not always in our favour.


Time to relax at Christmas

December 23 2017

The festive season is well under way with Christmas just a few days away, but the keen gardener finds it hard to hang up the spade, put away the secateurs and relax, as there is always just one wee job needing attention.


Storming into winter colour

December 16 2017

Winter has arrived as Caroline sweeps over the land and many of us wake up to a covering of snow plus a few trees, fences and sheds blown about.


Time for winter pruning in the garden

December 9 2017

Although summer may have been a washout for many of us the autumn has been remarkably dry so digging has been a treat as the soil was never wet for walking on and now as we start the pruning no damage is being done to the soil surface.


Early gardening jobs for winter

December 2 2017

As we leave autumn behind, and winter has not yet set in there are always a few dry sunny frost free days when we can get into the garden to catch up on all those wee jobs put off for a few days.


A blooming marvellous November

November 18 2017

In the days before global warming, we gardeners could rely on the seasons to behave normally so we could organise our gardening activities on schedule.


Blowing a raspberry at bad gardening experiences

November 11 2017

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.