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Down to Earth ...with Dave Our visit to Chelsworth open gardens was, as usual, a very enjoyable day, this is surely one of the most attractive little villages in Suffolk. There were twenty six gardens open this year which is the most ever. Luckily the gardens are quite near to each other so we did manage to visit most of them but returned home rather weary. No two years are the same on the allotment, last year the onions were the best ever but this year they have been very poor. Yet, on neighbouring plots, there are rows of prize winning onions, so it can't be blamed on the weather. The garlic planted right next to them have done really well and we have enough to last us right through the winter. There has been plenty of soft fruit this year with gooseberry fool and raspberry jam just some of the delicious items coming out of the kitchen, alas the jam has too much sugar in it for me. Now is a good time to give any hedges a bit of a trim as they can begin to look a little untidy. On a recent visit to a friend's garden we much admired an hydrangea called 'Annabelle', this has a most delicate creamy white flower. No sooner had we shown an interest than out came the secateurs, some non flowering shoots were found and snipped off. These were promptly taken home, trimmed to a couple of inches, placed in small pots with some gritty compost, watered and covered over. With luck we shall have some new plants of our own to go with the more common pink ones that we have. The same can be done at this time of year with fuchsias, pelargoniums, salvias etc. The sweet pea flowers must be picked daily or else they will set seed, thinking that their work is done. If the weather is dry it pays to raise the height of the mower blades a little, any mowings should be left on the grass as a mulch, over time they will be absorbed into the lawn, this will improve the quality of the grass and, of course, you don't have the problem of disposing of the cuttings. If you get any worm casts on the lawn just brush them about with a broom, if you have the patience these worm casts are excellent potting compost, as are mole hills. Incidentally don't waste precious water on the lawn , it may go brown in the sun but it will soon green up. Keep dead heading every day if possible, this helps keep the borders tidy, prevents the plants wasting energy producing seed and encourages them to flower again. Try to spend ten minutes a day doing this, it is surprising what you see when going round the garden with the secateurs and a little pot. That's all for this time, Dave

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