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Calendar of Gardening Events for February

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Each Sunday in February — Port Logan, Scotland Snowdrop Festival Explore the mild climate of the Logan Botanic Garden  at the south-western tip of Scotland for snowdrops and sights of new life. Open February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th from 10:00 until 16:00. No booking required. Adult £3.50, concessions £3, child £1, family £8. www.rbge.org.uk   February 9th – 12th… Read more »

Merry Christmas Friends!

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Merry Christmas Friends,   I shall be spending the holidays with quite an assortment of friends and family this year, from the far corners of the world and some places that one would never be able to place upon a map. My humble abode will be chockablock with no less than sixteen people representing six different countries, with the oldest… Read more »

December Gardeners Event Calendar

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through January 7th – Atlanta, USA Garden Lights Holiday Nights A blockbuster nighttime event, Garden Lights keeps it green by using nearly 1 million energy-efficient LED lights to put on a show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Tickets $18.95 Adult,  $12.95 3-12, little ones free. Member discounts available. Nightly 5-10pm, closed Dec 24 and 31st. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org through January 8th — … Read more »

Why nitrogen based fertilizers are expensive to us in more ways than one

Organic gardeners are always trying to work in harmony with nature, continually looking to conserve the nutrients in the earth and replenishing those that have been used as our plants grow. In earlier times, all gardening and agriculture was essentially organic as there were no artificial chemical fertilizers easily or widely available. This began to change in the mid 1800’s… Read more »


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Hello, am interested in the easiest possible planting for this time of year. My neighbour advises shallots, and my wife is excited as she likes to cook with them. Is it too late, and do you have any advice? Gareth, Plymouth, UK I should say not, Gareth, in fact you might even be a bit early. But maybe this weekend… Read more »


      No Comments on CLEMATIS FOR THE SPRING

Is it too late for Clematis? Well, dear readers, I believe we are at what some would call the “do or die” stage. Planting in Zones 6 and 7 (dare I add 8?)  can, and should, commence without haste! If you have clematis waiting around, they may not fare well in pots over the winter. Remember to dig both deep,… Read more »

Get-Well Zinnias

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My poor little daughter has been home sick from school, recovering from a nasty case of the flu. Don’t you love it when people you know, when hearing of a person suffering from such an illness, instantly say, “yes, there is something going around, isn’t there?” Well if that was ever true, it certainly wasn’t on this occasion. My unfortunate… Read more »

Gardeners Calendar – October 2011

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October 12, South Carolina, USA Lecture: Grandmother’s Garden The program, “Grandmother’s Garden,” will be conducted by Mack Fleming, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Christ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 4981 Chapel Road, Hollywood, SC http://tinyurl.com/679nppo October 12, Georgia, USA Planting Fruit Trees 101 Join Robbie Astrove (of the Concrete Jungle) and learn about the basics of fruit trees in the Southern US…. Read more »

More letters to the Organic Postbag

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Of Cabbages and Corn Husks – We Dip Into the Mail Bag Question for your blog: It looks as if I have been infested with cabbage rootfly maggots. The only good thing is that this is contained to three large planters. Can I use that soil again for next year, or should I bin it? Timothy, Devon, UK Yes and… Read more »

Harvesting Your Potatoes

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It is time to retrieve those potatoes you planted so long ago! For those of you that didn’t take some “new potatoes” from the ground months ago, it is the peak time, or depending where you live, the last weeks, to dig up your potato bounty. The calendar might say one thing, but check the vines – their yellowing demise… Read more »