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Archive for July, 2008

Gardening Year - December

By admin On July 31, 2008 No Comments

There may not be much movement from the plants in your garden but if you get the chance it is still worthwhile getting out there and doing some work. Provided you avoid any wet weather and can choose one of those beautiful, bright, yet crisp December days. This is a perfect month for doing some seriously hard physical work as you will find that your capacity is a lot greater than when you have the sun beating down on your shoulders. I often get the urge to have a bit of a sort out at this time of year and perhaps making some harsh but necessary decisions about plants that have really passed their best and at the same time having a serious pre-spring tidy up.

It may be ok to leave sorting out your house until spring arrives but your garden will really appreciate some action now. Provided the soil is not too wet it is also a great time to get on with digging in or incorporating manure.

You will be amazed at how refreshing even a short burst of such activity in the garden can be at a time of the year when you might have been spending far too much time being a couch potato.


Gardening Year - November

By admin On July 31, 2008 No Comments

Winter may be just around the corner but there is still plenty to enjoy in your garden. True, you may find you need to wear a layer or two more as temperatures plummet but who cares when there is that wonderfully Novemberish feel to the air and when so many trees and shrubs are still decked with the last of their fiery display of reds, oranges and golds, some studded with brightly coloured berries.

Heavy dews and frosts are commonplace and the garden is definately moving towards its slow moving wintry state and yes, you can slow down too. Make sure you allow yourself a little bit of time in the garden to enjoy what’s there and get on with a bit of constructive healthy outdoor exercise.


Gardening Year - October

By admin On July 31, 2008 No Comments

Autumn has definately arrived and you will notice a distinct change in temperature and light levels, but any feeling of sadness that you may have that summer has finally gone now can surely be banished by looking at the wonderful array of autumn fruits of all types and the extraordinarily beautiful colours of the changing foliage. It is a great time to work in the garden as temperatures are obviously considerably cooler but at the same time it is still very good weather for planting.

Shorter day lengths will however mean that if you go out to work you will have to do most of your gardening in a snatched few minutes on your return home or at the weekends, or if you are feeling really in the gardening mood, in the odd day taken off work.


Gardening Year - September

By admin On July 31, 2008 No Comments

Late summer early autumn weather is great but also variable and it brings with it a host of things that you should try to get done in your garden.

Many view September as one of the best months for planting and if you grow fruit or vegetables then September will also provide you with plenty of reminders about why growing your own is so good.

So combine a bit of hard work with some serious munching of fruit or home grown vegetables and you will find that this month has the potential to be one of your favourite months in the garden.


Types Of Digging

By admin On July 29, 2008 No Comments

Single Digging

Dig a trench about 2ft wide and one spit deep. Remove the soil to the other end of the plot as this will be used to fill the final trench.

Dig a second trench alongside the first one turning the soil into the first trench. Mix in compost or manure as you go. Continue this way until you reach the end of the plot.

Double Digging

Double digging, also called trenching, involves forking and manuring at double the depth of single digging. First and second spit soil must be returned to its own level.

Dig a trench one spit deep and 3ft wide. Remove the soil to the other end of the plot and use it to fill the final trench.

Dividing the trench in half lengthways, dig out the first half another spit deep. You now have a trench with a stepped bottom.

Fork and manure the bottom of the deeper trench.

Return the second spit to its own depth.

Dig a new trench 1.5 ft wide and one spit deep. Use the soil to fill the first trench to surface level.

Continue in this way across the last trench with the soil taken from the first.