GARDENING TIME 

GARDENING DIARY 23RD MAY 2021

GARDENING DIARY 23RD MAY 2021

Well, that has to have been the worst spring in my 30 years of gardening – a record dry and cold April, floods and hail at the beginning of May, and now very strong winds in mid May. Several of my plants have lost their flowers/buds, and a few plants have been lost...

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GARDENING DIARY 16TH MAY 2021

GARDENING DIARY 16TH MAY 2021

Well, I am sure everyone is delighted that, after a very cold and dry spring, the weather has turned so that we finally no longer have below-zero nights. This of course means that we can start putting out all the plants from the greenhouse. Photo 1 shows some outdoor...

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GARDENING DIARY 9TH MAY 2021

GARDENING DIARY 9TH MAY 2021

Well, we had the coldest April in 100 years, the driest April in 30 years, and storms/hail/strong winds at the start of May, so an interesting time to garden!! With hopefully the frosty nights behind us, we can finally start moving plants out of the greenhouse and...

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GARDENING DIARY 25TH APRIL 2021

GARDENING DIARY 25TH APRIL 2021

Well at last the weather has stopped being below freezing at night (just), so time to get stuff out of the greenhouse/garden room, to the outside to harden off. Photo 1 shows some dwarf French beans and beetroot grown earlier in pots. These will ripen earlier than...

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GARDENING DIARY 18TH APRIL 2021

GARDENING DIARY 18TH APRIL 2021

Well, another sunny week, but still below freezing at night, so we’re on the starting blocks, ready to go, as the weather warms up (at night) hopefully next week. But still lots to do anyway. I will be using my nematodes today (Sunday) for both vine weevil and...

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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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