1. 6 WAYS to be WOWED now Autumn is here

    One week until it's OCTOBER. Now we have passed the Autumn (or Vernal) Equinox, there's no denying that the nights are drawing in. Shall we celebrate?

    Don't think of October as a dull and dreary month. After all, the skies will soon be ablaze with autumn colour and there's no more glorious sight than red, gold and yellow dripping from the trees. Let's just see which deciduous trees will be giving us their best FREE display during the month of October and even into November. Read more
  2. Train a tree for free

    Train a tree for free: How to make a cordon; espalier; fan; stepover and more!

    This is plant-a-tree season. There's no better time to get those roots down into the soil so they can establish while there's still some warmth in the ground. You can buy mature trees if you wish. But if you can be a little patient it's usually better to plant a young specimen. It will establish quickly - what's more, you can train it to the shape you desire. Read more
  3. 9 ways to have fun outside in the 9th month of the year

    Nine ways to have fun with plants and vegetables during the 9th month!

    Do your kids or grandchildren show any interest in the garden? If not, are you 'bovvered'?  Do you mind the fact that most of today's small people seem to love their digital world better than the ‘real’, nature-led environment in which you probably grew up? If the answer is a resounding "yes", let's do something about it! Here's nine ways to make some fun:

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  4. The September Harvest - Keep Planting!

     

    Who thinks festivals are a new idea? The September harvest (festival). 

       

    September is a time when gardeners have their hands full. Literally.

    The harvest is bountiful for those who have been gaily growing. 

    vegetable harvest

    Harvest festivals are an age-old tradition that offer a magnificent celebration of food - a gathering held on or near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon. This is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (this year, on the night of 27 Sept). Traditionally it allowed farmers to continue their harvest late into the night by the light of the full moon. It's also important for migrating birds, many of which are said to rely on the harvest moon in order to commence their migration. harvest moon 1 Read more