Your fortnightly gardening tips for indoors and outdoors
Flowers, Shrubs and Trees
Keep deadheading annuals. Dry flowers including hydrangeas for winter arrangements.
Save seed pods of flowers you want to propagate. Keep deadheading roses and
spray against aphids and mildew. Begin planting spring flowering bulbs.
Prepare the soil for planting trees and shrubs in the winter by digging in manure
and compost. Order roses, shrubs, bulbs and herbaceous plants. Start planting
Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs
Continue sowing winter cabbage, lettuce and spinach. Thin out earlier sowings.
Start to order new fruit trees and bushes to plant in the winter. Continue to
plant strawberries. Take cuttings of blackcurrant, gooseberry and redcurrant bushes.
Cuttings should be about 9in of this years wood. When blackberries and
raspberries etc have fruited, cut the canes back and stake the new ones. Towards the
end of the month pull up your tomato plants. Unripened fruit will ripen if put in a
paper bag in a drawer. Other jobs, keep weeding, rake your lawn to rid it of dead grass
and moss. Give it autumn lawn fertilizer and aerate it. Complete any maintenance
jobs before the weather breaks. Remove all plants from the greenhouse and wash it
with Jeyes fluid, scrubbing benches. Close the windows and give it a smoke.
Continue taking pelargonium cuttings. Also try impatiens and fuchsias.
I was taking a shower when my 2-year-old son came into the bathroom and wrapped himself in
toilet paper. Although he made a mess, he looked adorable, so I ran for my camera
and took a few shots. They came out so well that I had copies made and included one
with each of our Christmas cards. Days later, a relative called about the picture,
laughing hysterically, and suggesting I take a closer look. Puzzled, I stared at the
photo and was shocked to discover that in addition to my son, I had captured my reflection
in the mirror - wearing nothing but a camera!
GRAND FIREWORK DISPLAY
SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 7.15pm / Gates open 6.30pm
SPORTS FIELD, THE SPLASH, WEYBOURNE ROAD
Discounted tickets available in advance from
Whistlestop and Blythe & Wright
Child £2 (£2.50 on gate)
Adult £3 (£3.50 on gate)
Family £8.00 (£10 on gate). 2 adults / 2 children
REFRESHMENTS AND LICENSED BAR
Filming came to an unexpected stop in the heart of London last month
during The Constantia Brothers latest music video shoot. Security chiefs moved in
half way through a scene where the brothers were dressed in traditional Cypriot costume
complete with headscarves and guitar cases. Trafalgar Square security cameras
obviously picked up the scene that looked suspicious to say the least. All
ended well and there was a last minute switch to London Bridge. This is by far the
biggest production The Constantia Brothers have embarcked on and its extraordinary to
think it should come when the boys have taken a step back from performing to produce and
direct others. "Such is the music game" explains Andreas, chief PR for the band,
"things come when least expected in the industry and it just underlines how
unpredictable the music business can be."