Category Archives for Garden Management

Gardening Diary October Week Three

IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN It has been previously suggested that the rough-digging of garden plots left vacant by summer crops offered a suitable opportunity for treating the soil with lime. I have also warned that no manure should be applied … Continue reading

10. October 2013 by admin
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Gardening Diary October Week Two

IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN Two rather unusual root vegatables which always find a place in my garden, when the seed merchants have seed to offer, are salsify and scorzonera (sometimes called black salsify). It is rather surprising that they are … Continue reading

02. October 2013 by admin
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Gardening Diary October Week One

IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN You should now be completing the potato harvest and turning your attention to carrots and beetroot. Until now you should have been pulling both carrots and beetroot as required for use and not for storage, but … Continue reading

20. September 2013 by admin
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Pests and Diseases Affecting Mushrooms

White mould (Bubbles): this is a fungal disease which covers the mushrooms with white mouldy growths; the gills are particularly vulnerable to infection, and a badly attacked mushroom may simply be a rounded mass, completely covered with the mould. In … Continue reading

09. September 2013 by admin
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Gardening Diary September Week 3

IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN The September garden can be a cornucopia in its quantity and variety. In addition to the last pickings of beans (and perhaps peas) and the last marrows, cucumbers, squashes, pumpkins and tomatoes, as well as aubergines … Continue reading

03. September 2013 by admin
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Gardening Diary September Week Four

In the Vegetable Garden I have on several occasions advocated sowing turnips, mustard or other seeds for green manuring. These should be dug in when about 15 cm (6”) high, and some will probably be at this stage now. We … Continue reading

01. September 2013 by admin
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Gardening Diary SEPTEMBER: week 1

IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN Until now you have probably been lifting potatoes only as needed for the kitchen, but now is the time to dig them for storing. First cut off the haulm and burn it. Efforts to control potato … Continue reading

26. August 2013 by admin
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Pests and Diseases Affecting Home Grown Peaches

Glasshouse red spider mite: this insect, although most troublesome when peaches are grown under glass, is sometimes found out of doors, where peaches are grown against walls or other warm, dry situations. The tiny mites can appear from mid-spring onwards. … Continue reading

12. August 2013 by admin
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The Importance of Feeding Plants

The feeding of plants has always been a subject that every gardener knows about and appreciates but which very few actually carry out, and certainly not to the extent that they should. It’s a bit like children cleaning their teeth; … Continue reading

11. August 2013 by admin
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Garden Drainage: Improving soils

Having gone to the trouble and expense of providing a means of getting rid of surplus water, you should focus your attention on increasing fertility and improving the soil structure so you can get the most from your garden. In … Continue reading

29. July 2013 by admin
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