January Gardening

January in the northern hemisphere is cold, and there is little practical work to do in the garden. The cold has set in, the ground is frozen (to at least 2 inches here), and frosts threaten any tender plants. Despite the cold, there are a few things to do to keep your love of gardening…

Siberian air

The prevailing wind shifted over the last week, and we now have wind bringing cold air from the east, which takes a short trip north to bring down Artic air. This means it is cold, with temperatures reaching -6 degrees Celsius or 42 degrees Fahrenheit on the night I write this blog post. After a…

Preparing the Garden For Winter

Winter is almost here, and there are some tasks you can do now to help prepare for the next growing season. Despite the cold and wet weather, it is worth getting outside and preparing for winter.

Back from a break

A few weeks back, I decided to take a short break to spend time with my family and do other things. It’s been a full-on year in my professional and personal life, so some time to recharge was needed. I’ve had two significant changes to my job, lost two people in my extended family, and…

Early October Gardening Tasks – jobs for the weekend

The months continue to march on. Not long until the first frost and even shorter days. Now is the time to make use of the remaining warmth before it is time to step back and wait for spring. Jobs for the vegetable patch Tidy up the veg patch. Getting tidy now will pay dividends in…

The Turning of the Seasons

The weather is changing, and the produce of summer has been harvested. As most things are coming to an end of the year, there are still things that can be started to help keep homegrown food on the table during the colder months.

Cosmos – my favourite autumn flower

Autumn can become awash with brown and reds as leaves on the trees prepare to fall. The array of summer colours has died off, and there is a risk the garden can look rather tired. I started sowing flowers two years ago and picked up a packet of cosmos. At the time, I knew very…