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Malcolm Griffiths
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  • A hedge against intrusion
    Sep 21, 2020 8:00 am

    A hedge against intrusion

    How much do we value our privacy from the outside looking in?

    For centuries hedges have been used to divide individual properties, to separate field crops and to define the line between public and private land. In more recent years they’ve...

  • Address the issues in your garden before hurricane season
    Aug 13, 2020 8:00 am

    Address the issues in your garden before hurricane season

    So, it’s hot, it’s humid, it’s time to relax. With hurricane season upon us, now is also a good time to do a walk around the garden and make an assessment as to what needs to be done before any storms.

    Heavy growth weighs down branches,...

  • Beating these summertime garden blues
    Jul 9, 2020 8:00 am

    Beating these summertime garden blues

    Summer means heat. When combined with rain heat creates growth, which leads to problems — especially with insects and fungus.

    Insects, and there are many of them, love to munch on new, soft growth and denude a leaf to a skeleton very...

  • June, a month of floriferous et al activity
    Jun 22, 2020 8:00 am

    June, a month of floriferous et al activity

    Juno was the goddess of marriage, pregnancy, and childbirth, which makes me wonder how she managed to tend her garden in June, a very floriferous month.

    Obviously, that is why a majority of garden maintenance is now done by...

  • The garden: a haven of peace in times of stress and turmoil
    Apr 20, 2020 8:00 am

    The garden: a haven of peace in times of stress and turmoil

    The garden, a place of peace and quiet; a place of refuge in times of stress and uncertainty; a sanctuary to ponder, rethink, dwell on issues in a quiet understanding way. It’s been that way through history, but particularly now when we are all...

  • The plot of land: is it yours?
    Mar 2, 2020 8:00 am

    The plot of land: is it yours?

    Your garden, or is it? Simply put, is it really what you want or enjoy looking at? If not, why? Perhaps you have not thought about it more than being just a green space.

    How often do you think about your garden? Have you ever really,...

  • Sustenance for the soul, food for the table
    Jan 31, 2020 8:00 am

    Sustenance for the soul, food for the table

    Horticulture has always been “green” but today, “green” is a driving force in the marketplace where people with environmental concerns are blossoming in numbers.

    Consider the not-so-new idea of staying healthy by growing your own fruit and...

  • Throwing some light on the subject
    Jan 8, 2020 8:00 am

    Throwing some light on the subject

    Designing a garden is, to many, an interesting exercise in creating a mix of plant types that hopefully will turn out to be an attractive area which appends the home. The main components of a garden are shrubs, palms and trees with a smattering...

  • The day after the week after Christmas
    Dec 13, 2019 8:00 am

    The day after the week after Christmas

    So, it’s the same old question: “What to buy a gardener for Christmas?” You now have a short period of time to make that decision.

    December invariably lends itself to everything else bar working in the garden — except for a quick clean-up...

  • The importance of health in your garden
    Nov 22, 2019 8:00 am

    The importance of health in your garden

    How often do you walk around your garden and check plants for pests, disease or broken branches?

    It’s a necessary exercise in order to ensure a garden has healthy plants and soil.

    Autumn’s shorter days and fading blossoms are a sure...

  • Ascento is in the right place
    Oct 28, 2019 8:00 am

    Ascento is in the right place

    When Desta Ascento was promoted to assistant director of engineering at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club in September, she couldn’t help feel the buzz of satisfaction.

    “It was one of those moments when you just look deep within...

  • Just how fickle is Mother Nature?
    Oct 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Just how fickle is Mother Nature?

    From days of blue skies and balmy breezes we went to the turbulent overtures of Hurricane Humberto.

    He came, saw and conquered all in the blink of an eye — a quick and very painful scenario that was familiar to many of us.

    It is...

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