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.
After a season of rich pickings, it’s time for John Stoa to preserve his autumn crops.
April flowers are dominated by daffodils in gardens, local authorities’ parks and open spaces and as cut flower in the home.
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.
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.
May is normally the peak flowering time for tulips, but with our mild winters and early spring, tulips have been in flower since March.
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.
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.
Home grown tomatoes will always be so much better than those purchased from the supermarket.
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.