As gardeners, like our agricultural ancestors before us, we become in tune with the changing seasons. And, when observed more closely, soil and plants give us helpful indicators of what we should be doing in our garden and when.
Whilst a lush green lawn may be the aim, you may be surprised to read that it is really important to give established lawns little or no water during drought periods. Lawns will turn brown during a drought and it would be easy to assume they had died. However, did you know that many lawn grasses go into a dormant phase during extreme heat and when it does rain again, as you are probably noticing, most lawns will recover well?
This weekend I’m making a few Halloween preparations with my girls. The origins of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced Saa-ween).
The careful insect ‘midst his work I view,
ow from the flowers exhaust the fragrant dew,
With golden treasures loads his little thighs,
And steer his distant journey through the skies.
(John Gay, Rural Sports)