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Malcolm Griffiths
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  • Transition time in the garden
    Nov 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Transition time in the garden

    In the original Roman calendar November was the ninth month (novem in Latin = nine). But then the Romans added January and February so November became the eleventh month, which only proves there is nothing as constant as...

  • Think going cool and be colourful
    Oct 18, 2016 8:00 am

    Think going cool and be colourful

    This month we should see a downward movement in temperature.

    With that comes the opportunity to do some planting, especially the wide range of annuals which will add colour through the cooler months of the year.

    Herbs can also be...

  • The winds of change
    Sep 13, 2016 8:00 am

    The winds of change

    September, a month of the unknown with hot humid weather and the unpredictable winds of chance be they gentle breezes or possible hurricanes.

    Hot summer days, with little respite during the evening hours, thrown in with periods of rain...

  • Combine aesthetics and function
    Jun 28, 2016 8:00 am

    Combine aesthetics and function

    What better way to enhance the visual impact of a garden than to use low-growing ground covers that bloom regularly if pruned back after flowering?

    They come with the bonus of reducing weed growth and thus conserving the available water and...

  • Take a walk on the wild side
    Jun 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Take a walk on the wild side

    If you would like to see an added interest in your garden and space allows, consider creating a “wild garden” to encourage avian activity, insects, lizards, butterflies and moths.

    Such areas can have a controlled, but natural appearance,...

  • Telltale signs of pest and disease problems
    May 3, 2016 8:00 am

    Telltale signs of pest and disease problems

    May your garden be a place of rest and tranquility. With the surge of new growth — and of a floriferous nature — it is advisable to keep it at that level.

    That means observing the growth, not only the flowers but also the foliage, for that...

  • Gardening: April, a month in transition
    Apr 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Gardening: April, a month in transition

    At an earlier time in history April 1 was recognised as New Year’s Day. It could have caused a problem for the gardening calendar but that fortunately changed in 1582; the present arrangement works well.

    With warmth being palpable and...

  • Avoid the pitfalls of overplanting
    Mar 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Avoid the pitfalls of overplanting

    Overplanting is not cost-effective, visually or functionally, and is similar to having more furniture than you actually need.

    The difference is the furniture won’t expand and can be sold, however, once a plant is in the ground its growth...

  • February a month for planning not pruning
    Feb 16, 2016 8:00 am

    February a month for planning not pruning

    February (in the garden) should be cancelled due to lack of interest.

    February is a month to contemplate the reality of what one can do in the garden; it is a month for catching up on jobs that have lingered in the nether parts of the mind,...

  • Gardening: small areas can be focal points
    Jan 5, 2016 8:00 am

    Gardening: small areas can be focal points

    Having spent some time in England and Northern Ireland on my last vacation, it became apparent that the “landscape”, in general, is a metaphor encompassing any area that has been “made green”.

    It is similar in many parts of the world with...

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