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If I have learnt anything in 40 years of writing about horticulture, it's that “perfect” produce is a meaningless ideal that benefits no one.
I am convinced the primula is the spring flower of my affections, but be warned: it requires constant attention.
Gardening instructions can often get lost in translation – and none is harder to interpret than “create a good tilth”.
Now is the time to be buying your seed potatoes – allow me to recommend a few.
There are books that give the impression at least half a gardener’s waking hours are spent in the potting shed. But do you have one, and more importantly, when did you last see anybody else with one?
Contrary to common guidance, there are dangers to taking cuttings of redcurrants, blackcurrants and gooseberries now.
Leaves can indicate the entire condition of an organism, and it repays every gardener to take notice.
While watching Romeo and Juliet recently, I struck upon an important horticultural truth.
With over 20,000 species, there’s a daisy for everyone.
Not with a human being, but with glorious lavender plants.