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Category archives: Gardening with Expert Gardener Gareth Richards

Crocus before Christmas?

    There’s something wonderful about autumn-flowering bulbs. They feel, somehow, like a bit of a cheat, or an extra treat from the usual spring display of daff[...]

Apple Abundance

Apples are raining down from the trees on the allotment, making the chickens jump and me giggle. It has been a great year for apples, and all this rain has made them extra juicy. [...]

Dainty flowers in dusty shadows

When I lived in France, there was a tradition that in mid-August - the fifteenth to be precise (the holiday for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary) - meant huge thunderstorms, spell[...]

A Cut Above

A recent visit to Devon to see my parents provided the ideal opportunity to do a bit of what I call ‘titivating’ - those light garden jobs that aren’t too strenuous. Deadheading be[...]

Courgettes

    Ah courgettes, the taste of summer. We lucky gardeners can easily get our hands on all manner of varieties not available in the shops - they can be brig[...]

Watery Wisdom

The change over the last month on the allotment has been incredible. Where before was bare soil and neat little rows of seedlings there’s now a lush jungle. My sweetcorn plants hav[...]

It's Showtime

For many of us garden industry insiders, May, June and July are the busiest months of the year. It’s ironic that the moment your own patch needs you the most is the time when you’r[...]

Alien vs Predator

Strange beasties are afoot in the fennel; looking like some sort of miniature extra-terrestrials. They have sinister black and orange markings, seeming to me halfway between a scor[...]

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