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The Gardening Coach

Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit www.thegardeningcoach.co.uk for more information.
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October 14, 2014 | Pattern of the DAY

It is that time of the year when trees become ever more attention grabbing.  This is the hoary trunk of Morus alba, the white mulberry.

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October 10, 2014 | Yesterday I fell in love with the hop hornbeam

Ostraya carpinifolia. It was dancing in the wind at Cambridge Botanic:

Shaking hop dangly earrings in the sunny breeze.

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October 7, 2014 | Tomato horrors: some fell witch has visited my greenhouse

This is a story of how NOT to grow tomatoes.

Growing in the greenhouse  began so well.    I am new to protected cropping and took great pride in stringing up my burgeoning plants and weaving them upwards.  The cucumbers got the same treatment.   Watered, fed, shut and open doors and all that and  I [...]

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October 5, 2014 | This week I visited Piet Oudolf's own garden

This week I visited Piet Oudolf’s garden in Hummelo in the outreach zone of north eastern Netherlands and buried deep in agricultural land.  The Friesian cows were peering through the hedge and the rumble of active tractors was resonant in the otherwise still air.

The economics of the trip were such that it was pretty much [...]

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