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GARDENING NEWS


Strawberries

With winter fast approaching, strawberry planting is in the back of every gardener's mind! Growing strawberries is relatively easy. The plants themselves are incredibly hardy. But unless the plants are kept happy and healthy they are unlikely to be productive. So to make things easier, here are some useful tips on how to grow large, healthy and juicy strawberries.




April Fruit of the Month: Kiwiapples

Tasty, delicious and conveniently small. Whether you have a small space, want to grow in pots or would just like to keep the height down to make harvesting easier one of the trees in this range could be for you!




April Herb of the Month: Thyme

This delicious herb is widely used to create a host of culinary treats, and it also has an exciting past. Once associated with bravery, thyme was regularly carried into battle by Roman soldiers and then, later on, by medieval knights. In the medieval period it was also used as a supposed antidote to poison and even to ward off the plague.




Feijoa and Chocolate chip muffin

Makes 12 small or 6 large muffins As feijoas become plentiful, ensure they don’t go to waste by cooking some of these delicious, tasty muffin treats. They're best eaten still hot from the oven, helping warm you up as autumn fully descends.




Autumn Colour

As the nights start to lengthen, make sure that you enjoy the last of the warm weather and celebrate the glorious colours of autumn. And along with the traditional autumnal shades of browns, reds and bronzes, that appear dotted across the landscape, is the potential to add some bright bursts of colour to your autumn and winter garden by planting some of these stunning plants.




A Quick Guide to Autumn Veggie Planting

 

Autumn is in the air, but winter is coming. So to ensure you get the most out of your veggie garden this season, we've made a list of some of our favourite veggies to plant this season, and some tips that should get you going.

 




Breathe life into your living space

Breath new life into your living space and add a touch of x-factor, indoor plants are a great way to freshen up a room, helping make the space seem softer and more inviting. And in many cases it's even good for you! Various studies have looked at the benefits of houseplants, which can include filtering toxins from the air, increasing your sense of wellbeing and when in an offoce environement a study has shown that they can even improve your productivty. 




Herb of the Month: Horseradish

While they aren't a looker, their fabulous flavour should allow you to get past this. The peppery root of this member of the mustard family can be used in a variety of delicious ways. And it's healthy! Many even believe that it helps with weight loss, digestion, reducing blood pressure and improving heart health.




Recipe of the Month - Caremelised Pear

Make use of this seasons windfall and treat yourself! We cooked this recipe using Garden Belle pears (a dwarfing variety) that hold their shape well when cooked, but it also works well with Beurre bosc (other varieties will still taste delicious but may not hold their shape as well).




To Prune or not to Prune

And when should I ask the question?

The first time I pruned unsupervised it seemed an easy task. I began staring at a quince thicket. But then, with secateurs and chainsaw in hand, I quickly demolished the thicket to uncover the pear tree below.



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