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A GARDENER’S ODYSSEY

  As gardeners we have the good fortune of being able to escape lockdown restrictions by working and relaxing in our own horticultural havens: from gardens, patios to balconies. Those who lack outdoor space can still enjoy spring’s glories by tending a window box, planter or hanging basket. Even if your gardening activities are limited to indoors because your flat has no outdoor space then houseplants can feed the need to nurture. Gardening helps us maintain mental and physical wellbeing, also providing [...]

POTTED POTATOES

I say potatoes and you think allotments. You say potatoes and I say containers. Let’s not ‘call the whole thing off,’ but instead look at successfully nurturing potatoes in pots and bags. Growing potatoes in containers makes sense. As well as taking up less space, it also means that you don’t need to do any digging, ground preparation or weeding. Your crop is less vulnerable to diseases and pest damage -and they will be easier to harvest. Home-grown, new potatoes add [...]

SOCIAL CLIMBERS

If houseplants make us happy, then climbing plants should make us ecstatic because they allow us to be ultra-creative with indoor greenery. Today we are looking at climbers, namely plants that require support to reach upwards; and climber/trailers, adaptable plants that can climb or trail downwards. Five advantages to growing climbers: 1) Versatility. Climbers can be grown up strings or wires, canes, moss poles, or even allowed to swathe internal walls. Climber/trailers can be grown upwards in the same way, or [...]