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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 [...]

PUTTING YOUR GARDEN TO BED

  The first hoarfrost in the garden is always the most beautiful, even if it signals the creeping hand of winter. Although we have had some icy nights the weather hasn’t lived up to the more alarmist predictions published in the popular press. The mildness of the season means that I still have the occasional rose coming in to bloom in my garden, and the tub of Pelargoniums by my back door remains pretty colourful. So if, like me, you haven’t [...]