WITH our changeable weather becoming even less predictable, we need to be careful otherwise we may get caught out. Records show that for much of the UK we can expect an occasional late hard frost in mid-May, even during a spell of warm weather. Of course, we might not get one this year, but sadly only one frost is all it takes to destroy tender vegetables, set back hardier ones and blacken blossoms and fruitlets.
It really can be a disaster. The irony is that those sudden hard, late frosts usually come when we are enjoying beautiful warm, sunny days. We spend the days planting out bedding and vegetables (that perhaps could have been hardened off a bit more…)
Tender marig out in spring and overnight these can be burnt or even liquefied.
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Jewels of the summertime
It’s (almost) never too late to add more colour, says Ruth
Create your own tea garden
Shop-bought, dried and packaged herbal tea pales beside the fresh variety culled from the garden, so perhaps it’s time to grow your own, says Anne Swithinbank
Nectar-rich beds and baskets
Plant out summer bedding, hanging baskets and containers that provide food for bees and butterflies to help make your garden a wildlife haven, says Hazel Sillver
Want better-tasting tomatoes, and more of them? Treat them mean and keep them craving more, says Toby
Five-star plant selection
Percy Thrower looks at the best herbaceous perennials for the garden
Biological control for indoor plants
Steve and Val Bradley explain the biological methods for controlling red spider mite and whitefly that involve the use of predatory mites and parasitic wasps
Worst weeds ever!
Weeds come in all shapes and sizes, with some being less welcome than others, but which are the worst? Graham Rice investigates and explains how to get rid of them
Mind the gap!
Val picks insect-friendly plants to fill a rose gap
Call of the wild
An unexpected treat in the fridge has given Toby the chance to transform a patch of grass into a floral fantasy
Anne Swithinbank’s masterclass on: wayward strawberries
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