Good evening everyone and let me say how nice it is to write to you all, from my window seat, via the new medium (to me) of social media.

How are you all?

I have missed being at bumbles and talking and seeing you all. But I hope my son and his team have been helping you all.
It would seem I am now able to talk to you and I am sure you will be able to send me your questions or opinions and I will be able to answer them. I will from time to time be down at Bumbles but I have to take advice on when and how as I continue to recover from my illness. However as always I am in good spirits.

Last Sunday as I’m sure you all know was remembrance Sunday and the poignancy of this day is different for all of us but can I suggest that we leave a small area of soil and sprinkle some poppy seed over it. Lightly fork them in, treat them as an annual and next year they will give a lovely show of red in a nice sunny spot.

BEDS AND BORDERS

Don’t forget to mulch the beds and borders at this time. It is best done with peat or compost, the 4 for £10 we stock is ideal. For the vegetable patch farmyard manure is best and the mulch wants to be 2-3 inches deep.

This keeps the weeds at bay, improves the soil, looks good and acts as a blanket to protect the roots of perennial plants which have died down for the winter and rhubarb crowns and gunnera from the cold and frost.

Our new collection of seeds are perfect to peruse in those times of peace and quiet. Think about what to grow from seed, how you are going to grow them i.e. in bags, raised beds or (if lucky enough) in the ground.

Remember that onion sets sown now will be more established, garlic sown now needs a well-drained soil to get its roots into and cloches are needed to give protection from the cold. You can always get some straw early in the New Year to give warmth to rhubarb forcers and cloches for an early crop in February and March.

Daffodils can be planted into the New Year and remember to split clumps of bulbs.

Tulips are best grown in clumps. Consider different heights to give colour from front to back of a border. In the New Year think of dahlias and the lilies. Think scent around the patio and different heights to give a screen or a hedge of colour.

With the cold weather starting to slowly drift in as we move into the winter months I have started putting together my suggestions and tips for those considering to plant any hedging plants this winter so look out for that post in the near future.

For now I wish you all a good week and if you have any questions you would like me to help you with please feel free to comment below.

I hope to see you all soon.

Jeremy.

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