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.
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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.
In early youth, once you are old enough to sample a wee bit of alcohol you go over a threshold with a new experience that stays with you, but is forever changing as life evolves.
As autumn arrives, the summer flowers fade and crop harvesting is well under way, and we theoretically enter a quiet phase of gardening, so take the chance to carry out the end of season tidy up.
There was a time when the autumn harvest was all about potatoes and apples, but there are so many new crops and new types of existing crops that we are spoilt for choice as to what to pick, leave a bit longer or even take a chance with crops left in the ground in case we get yet another mild winter.
Strawberry growing has always been a mixture of producing a very healthy and tasty fruit and rising to the challenge of growing them big, disease free, and over as long a season as possible.
The summer flowers are past their best, so now we look ahead to the spring for our next show of floral colour.
You know spring has arrived when the daffodils and tulips are in their full glory and dazzling displays of bold colour raise the spirits.
Summer has just about gone, or maybe we are still waiting for it to arrive, once that rain goes off.
We all love the challenge of growing our own plants, either from seed or cuttings.