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It’s a fact – spending an hour in the garden will help you burn up to 100 more calories than working out in the gym for the same amount of time.
Everywhere you go this week and into the weekend you will see signs telling you to buy plants for Mother’s Day. Markets, supermarkets, garden centres and farmer’s markets – they are all displaying wonderful pots of spring bulbs and bunches of fabulous flowers for Mother’s Day gifts.
Valentine’s Day at the Garden & Home Press Event at the Barbican Exhibition Centre, London, was lively and full of information about products, plants, gardens and gardening people.
I am getting ready to go to the Barbican on Valentine’s Day to spend the day ‘loving gardening’. Will there be red roses and fizz, I wonder?
Growbags are a mixed blessing, but they are useful if you have a small space, such as a balcony or terrace and you want to grow a few salad vegetables; they are your best choice. Each growbag will only hold three plants (usually tomatoes, courgettes and chillies), so you want the plants to thrive for maximum harvest.
If I were writing a letter to a jolly green and yellow gardening Santa this Christmas I would want a few pieces of kit, as well as some garden features that would make my gardening life more attractive and varied. I do have a pond, but it is a tiny apology for a pond. I would like it to be larger and to have wonderful plants in it, such as waterlilies.
A trip to another part of the Loire Valley offered the chance to see a garden with over 640 tomatoes – and I thought I was the tomato queen – as well as pumpkin and squash galore. And a collection of dahlias to swoon over in addition.
With Autumn now well and truly upon us, it’s time to think about preparing the garden for the cold winter months ahead. The autumn signal’s the end of the warmer season as our garden gets ready to hibernate, with many plants and flowers coming to the end of their bloom.
Is your garden missing something?
One particular sound that we associate with spring and summer is that of a buzzing bee. These creatures play a crucial role in pollinating our plants, while they spend their time collecting nectar from flowers.