GARDENING TIME 

GARDENING DIARY 11th APRIL 2021

GARDENING DIARY 11th APRIL 2021

Well, this current unexpected cold snap has pushed things back a week or two in the garden, as I would normally be thinking about planting out my sweet peas, beans, and putting out the summer bedding plants to harden off before planting, but that will have to wait...

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GARDENING DIARY 4TH APRIL 2021

GARDENING DIARY 4TH APRIL 2021

Well, after the lovely weather of the last week, plants have really sprung to life. But unfortunately there is a frost over the coming 2-3 days, so we may need to consider some extra protection. My apple and pear trees haven’t come into full blossom yet, so they...

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GARDENING DIARY 28th MARCH

GARDENING DIARY 28th MARCH

Well, now we have put our clocks an hour forward, and British Summer Time has officially started, it really does feel like our spirits are being lifted, so let’s get out into the garden!! Well, another busy week chez Steele. As both my greenhouse and garden room are...

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GARDENING DIARY 21st MARCH 2021

GARDENING DIARY 21st MARCH 2021

Well, today is the spring equinox, when daylight gets longer than night, so it is official, spring is here! With the nice weather as well, I presume you are all now getting busy in the garden. Another busy week for me. Weather is now OK for sowing of seeds outdoors,...

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GARDENING DIARY 14th MARCH 2021

GARDENING DIARY 14th MARCH 2021

Well, another busy week in the garden. I have: 1) planted the rest of the potatoes into the raised beds (previously only into potato bags) 2) cut the lawn for the first time (set the blade higher than usual), then scarified and fed it. Soon be time to sow grass seed...

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GARDENING DIARY 7th MARCH 2021

GARDENING DIARY 7th MARCH 2021

Well, another busy week in the garden, especially as the weather is so nice. Firstly, my new greenhouse is now full (picture 1) of leaf and root cuttings, bulbs and corms planted, plus seeds germinated, all items previously mentioned. Secondly, I have planted up some...

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GARDENING DIARY 28TH FEBRUARY 2021

GARDENING DIARY 28TH FEBRUARY 2021

Well, looks like spring is certainly here in the garden! Firstly, I have been having lots of fun sowing all my annual summer flowers – lobelia, petunia, alyssum, marigold, pelargonium, impatiens, gazania etc. My new greenhouse is starting to look full already!...

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GARDENING DIARY  21st FEBRUARY 2021

GARDENING DIARY 21st FEBRUARY 2021

Well, after all the frozen ground we had last week, this week’s weather has been so much better, so I have been very busy. With my new (unheated) greenhouse sorted (hurrah!), I have been moving some of the plants from my heated garden room, freeing up more space there...

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GARDENING DIARY 14th FEBRUARY 2021

GARDENING DIARY 14th FEBRUARY 2021

Well, Happy Valentines Day to everyone. As it has been extremely cold this last week, and the ground has been frozen, I have been concentrating on a few other jobs. Firstly, I have been preparing all the compost from my hot bins (see photo 1), which is about 6 months...

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GARDENING DIARY 7th FEBRUARY 2021

GARDENING DIARY 7th FEBRUARY 2021

As mentioned previously, I like to extend the flowering season as much as possible, including getting flowers as early as possible. To this end, I have been overwintering my fuchsias, pelargoniums etc in my unheated greenhouse, as they can be flowering in March or...

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