The History of the Seed Packet
December 19, 2014
Suttons Seeds started up in 1806 dealing mainly in agricultural seeds and flour sold in bulk to large estates. By 1852 Suttons were however selling seed in individual packets, filled and labelled by hand.
Crimson Crush – The First Fully Blight Resistant Tomato
December 17, 2014
Many gardeners have at some point suffered the disappointment of seeing their entire season’s tomato crop being devastated by blight. This fungal disease likes warm wet weather and causes plants to quickly rot and die. With the spores being carried on the wind tomato blight can spread for many miles and although some blight resistant tomatoes are already available none have been able to fight off all strains of the disease. Until now.
Christmas Houseplant Care
December 9, 2014
So you’ve filled the house with lovely Christmas houseplants and now need to provide the care needed to keep them looking their best? Or maybe you plan to give a houseplant as a present and want to pass on some tips to help it survive? A beautiful flowering azalea or festive red poinsettia certainly makes a great gift and will last so much longer than a bunch of flowers – when cared for correctly.
My Garden Diary. – Reminders for December 1914
December 5, 2014
In the Vegetable garden the chief duty is to prepare for the coming spring. When the ground is frozen hard wheel out manure, secure stakes, and prepare pea-sticks.
During favourable weather trench or dig vacant plots, mend walks, dispose of refuse either by burning or burying in trenches, and make warm borders light and rich in readiness for seeds.