Time to get tilling on the allotment or smallholding

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
After a really frustrating start to February with hard frost and snow the mercury is starting to rise at last which means it’s time to give the vegetable plots and allotments a tilling. For those of you with larger allotments or smallholdings these next few weeks are vital to get the soil in good condition … Continued

Snow, ice, gales, there’s never been a better time to buy a mower

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Take a peak out of the window. What’s it like? Watery sun, rain, snow chilling wind. Miserable as it looks we are a week into February and it’s not that long until we shall contemplate cutting the lawn for the first time. Hopefully you followed our advice and have rummaged into the back of the … Continued

The Mower Doctor Is In (MD) A Medical For Your Mower

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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It’s around that time of year when you start to think about the year ahead in the garden and subsequently you want find out how the old Petrol Lawn Mower has wintered. Time to check get your mower to pop behind the screen, check its pulse, heart rate and blood pressure then ask it to … Continued

Three Jolly Jobs For January

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Drew Hardy

Freelance Writer at Mowdirect
A keen allotmenteer with an interest in all things horticultural, Drew has a varied writing background with experience in a number of fields including garden machinery, lawn care and compost. His first experience with gardening was a cultivating a small plot he was given by his house master at school. He grew a decent crop of radishes and lettuce and sold them to a local shop, exhibiting his first, and last, sign of an entrepreneurial spark. Drew lives in North London with his wife, two children and a slightly bonkers cat
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Jolly? Well, no not really.  That was… A) A feeble attempt to get you to read this and B) Because I’m always up for a bit of extra curricular alliteration but, nevertheless, these three jobs are important and/or productive. January can be miserable. It’s cold, Christmas is a distant memory and the kids are already … Continued

How did your garden survive the gales? Now is the time to check the damage

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Gales and strong winds combined with lashings of rain have meant that most of us have decided to keep inside and out of the garden. And very wise too, as branches have been snapped from trees and you can’t clear up the debris when there a risk of injury. But once the winds subside take … Continued

Ten top tillers to prepare the garden for Spring planting and growth

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Most gardens have escaped the worst of what we normally expect at this time of year – snow, and frozen ground so rutted that many a broken ankle has been caused just by a walk to the car. But as the ground is so soft we can save the usual Spring panic by devoting a … Continued

Gardening jobs this week and next

Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.
Many think January a dead month in the garden, especially this week when sitting in an arm chair in front of a blazing fire with the latest seed catalogues is about as energetic as many of us want to get after the festive over-indulgence. But a glance at the forecast will show that although we … Continued

Planning your vegetable crop rotations

While you might feel as though there is little to do in the garden itself around this time of year, January is an ideal month to plan ahead for the coming months when it comes to what you want to grow. This particularly rings true when it comes to your vegetable crops, and planning your … Continued

Pruning in January

In order to really keep on top of your garden, you need to be outdoors pruning every month of the year to take proper care of all the different plants. There's no exception to January, and the fact your garden is now at its most dormant means it's ideal to catch up on any areas … Continued

Gardening jobs for January

The Christmas and New Year festivities are out of the way and we're back to arguably the most depressing month of the year. However, there's no time to be moping around, as your garden needs you! So what's on the to-do list for January? Plan your vegetable crop rotations To get the most out of … Continued