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Sow What?

September in the Vegetable Garden 0

Posted on August 30, 2010 by Gardening Guru

Sow What? – September

Carefully chosen flowers such as this Buddleia, will attract lots of beneficial insects to your vegetable garden

A guru I may be but predicting the future is not something I profess to be too good at.  Despite last month’s tips on the hot weather, August has not been the hottest month on record, in fact it has been quite cool.  Therefore many crops may be later ripening and some will be giving quite poor returns.  However, despite rainfall having been quite high, there is still a need to conserve water and be a little careful as September is predicted to be quite dry and warm.  Now that the children are back at school, parents may have the opportunity at last to put away garden toys and pay some attention to garden maintenance before the weather turns too cool and daylight hours too short.  We have seen quite a few hoverflies this Summer, which is great news.  Looking rather like wasps (in order to protect themselves from predators) they are quite harmless.  Hoverfly larvae like to feed on aphids and so they should be attracted to the garden by planting flowers in the vegetable plot as the adult hoverfly feeds on nectar and pollen.  We planted nicandra flowers next to our brassicas which has definitely helped our fight against the whitefly! Read the rest of this entry →

August on the Vegetable Garden 0

Posted on August 02, 2010 by Gardening Guru
Samantha finds time to keep an eye on her vegetables

There's always plenty to do with your vegetable plot - even in August!

Many people are inclined to ‘take their eye off the ball’ in August when it comes to vegetable gardening – The days are still long and it’s time for many of us to go off on holiday, but there’s still plenty we could be doing to maximise the potential of our vegetable plots, and there’s still time to be sowing a few vegetable seeds even in August. Read the rest of this entry →

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